Margaret was found in her tub after having fallen by her daughter and son-in-law. Margaret suffered from mild Osteoporosis, but other than that, was in good health despite leading a relatively sedentary lifestyle. This was just the beginning of a series of events that would virtually eliminate her mobility. Margaret’s husband had passed away four years ago and she lived by herself in her two story home with her daughter, Amy, and son-in-law, John, living about 2 miles away. They checked in daily and luckily found her very quickly after her fall.
Margaret went through surgery two days after her fall to repair her hip. She was in the hospital for an additional seven days and was then sent to a subacute rehabilitation facility for six weeks. Amy and John talked with an Occupational Therapist to get learn about what they could expect with Margaret’s recovery and what she would need. It was obvious that Margaret couldn’t move back home. Given her condition and the expected recovery time that was going to take more than a year, they had to start reviewing her living options. The hospital was required by the state to inspect the home she would be returning to before they could release her from inpatient rehab.
- Margaret couldn’t move back home and she refused to even think about moving into a nursing home.
- It would take Margaret a year to be able to walk up a step, much less a flight of steps.
- Amy and John decided that Margaret should move in with them but they lived in a two story home.
- There was less than four weeks until Margaret would leave the rehab facility. After that, she would participate in at least another three weeks of outpatient rehabilitation.