Today we were informed that she is not sick enough to stay at the LTAC. Unfortunately, she is also not well enough to come home, or even to go to acute rehab. She simply isn’t strong enough for either option. So, she has to go to a skilled nursing facility (SNF). For those not in the know, SNF is the politically correct term for a nursing home.
This decision is being driven entirely by the insurance company. SNFs are less expensive than the LTAC. That is the only reason for this move. In about a week, the insurance company will stop paying the LTAC.
Yes, she is freaked by this development. She used to be a social worker assigned to some of the worst SNFs in the state. It was her job to fix them. So she has only ever seen bad ones.
I will be touring the proposed facility sometime this week. I hope it is as good as the social worker at the LTAC seems to think it is.
In other news, her surgical follow up was also today. They removed the staples and sutures. She has another follow up in one month, to be preceded by a CT scan the prior week. Her healing is progressing quite well, especially considering the complexity of her medical condition.
If you are so inclined, say a prayer for her to be able to handle SNF confinement, and for continued improvement of overall strength. I would really like to be able to bring her home.