These last few weeks I have been supporting a couple of good friends who have had some serious health issues. They both after a couple of weeks in the hospital, were moved to a “rehab” center. I think they are better named “half way” houses and operate a lot like the half way houses out there we see on the news.
Insurance companies years ago convinced what we called then “nursing” homes to accept more patients and showed them how to increase their profits. Then “rehab” centers were born.
After four different family members having extended stays after a wonderful rehab center I know the routine.
The routine is:
1) Give you a very simple room with one or two other people.
2) Ignore you most of the time
3) Bring in three dorm room square meals of mystery meat
4) Run your pills to you-once, twice a day
5) Ignore you again
6) Avoid answering any questions
7) Take you to physical or occupational therapy a half hour a day
8) Ignore you if you ever use the call button you are given asking for help
I’m told under the new National Health Care plan this luxury will have substantial cut backs, so folks better enjoy it while they can.
Rehab Centers-wow !
What in your life, in your business, in your mind, do you have a fancy name for that doesn’t amount to squat ?
What other examples of nonsense do you know of ?
What bothers you ?
What maybe keeps you up at night ?
I want to know.
Let’s get the word out there.
I’ll bet you aren’t alone!
We actually had a good experience with the Montrose Medilodge facility my father was in a month or two ago. The place was new, the staff attentive and caring. The goal was to get him strong enough to return to his home, and they accomplished that. Maybe we were lucky . . .
this is stupid. and why i will never put my husband in a nursing home/rehab . never never never. they dont care anymore and with obamacare you are there to die only. anyone over the age of 50 is unwanted in obamas world.
Before placing a loved one in a nursing home/ rehab center — ask to see their most recent state and federal inspection reports. The state report should be no more than 1 year old. Some facilities do not have federal reports – but the feds will do “look behinds” after state has been in. When looking at this report you want to focus on anything that deals with patient care. If it is negative ask how this issue is being resolved and if it is resolved. This isn’t fool proof but it does give you some information you are not going to be aware of otherwise. Note – it is extremely difficult to get a 100% on an inspection. The inspectors will search until they find something!! That may even include not having a file in the right place in the right time-frame.
Glad you found a good one for Dad, they are out there but I’m afraid they are in the minority !
Pat , health care is in a mess for sure. Politics and politicians shouldn’t decide medical issues.
My experience Ruth is you have little choice of which nursing home/rehab center you go to. Twice it was the only one that had beds available anywhere within a 15 mile radius. Twice no consult, the hospital just shipped them out.