My mom lives home alone and a few days ago she fell while reaching for something
in her hallway closet. She was able to push her emergency alert button and they
called me. I live nearby so I went to check on her and she had pain in her leg and hip
area. We got her to the hospital and it turns out that she broke her hip. She had
surgery to repair it and now we are faced with “next steps.” What should we do?
J.S. in Pine Brook
As you might imagine, hip fractures are extremely common in older adults. Risk
factors include poor eyesight, osteoporosis, and medication side effects. That said,
now is a very important time for your mom. The focus should be on healing from the
surgery but it is also important to carefully pay attention to and manage any other
medical conditions that your mom may have as they could delay or complicate her
recovery. If your mom is up to it and agreeable (and insurance will cover it) we
usually recommend that a sub-acute rehabilitation facility be considered as part of
the hospital discharge plan. There, your mom will receive intensive physical and
occupational therapy to help her regain her strength to return home. She will still be
under the care of physicians and nurses, which can be a great peace of mind for you
and your mom. The hospital social worker can help you locate an appropriate facility
that will accept your mom and facilitate the discharge.
Heidi Schnapp, MA, CSW, CWP has over 25 years of experience advocating on behalf of older adults, people with disabilities, patients, and their family caregivers. She is a sought-after facilitator offering community building support groups throughout northern New Jersey. Since 2006, LMR Elder Care has offered support, guidance, advocacy, and solutions to clients, families, and their trusted advisors. Learn more about LMR Elder Care at www.LMReldercare.com.
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