This is something that My family has been dealing with since April.
My sweet independent, fun loving, sharp as a tack 86 yr old gramdmother fell in her home back in April and could not get up. My dad called her several times throughout that day to check on her, but figured she was out and about. (She still drove) When he still did not get an answer that evening, he went to find her on the bathroom floor with her feet tangled up in her toilet seat. He drove her to the ER and she had a 2 week hospital stay. She has Osteoperosis and her spine has compression fractures in 3 different places. Well, with physical therapy and treatment for a UTI... she was able to go home to my dads house. Her house is too dangerous. Growing up in the great depression era, she saves EVERYTHING! You can't even walk through her house. Anywho...We got her an apartment in a senior community and quickly found out that she needs something more. she has fallen 4 times since going there and we have had to take her back to my dads. she needs constant care and we are just having to take shifts. Her falls have caused her spine to deteriorate more! It is so sad to see her in so much pain! I am guessing she feels like she is in labor 24 hrs a day. So sad. She is physically and mentally exhusted. She has a MRI today which will tell if she is a candidate for this procedure where they inject a foamy substance between the vertebrae and should give her some relief. Please pray for that! She thinks after this procedure she will be driving again. WOW! What faith! Although she will probably not drive again, I am praying that this procedure will releave her of pain and give her a break.It is so hard to know the steps to take when your parents or g-parents can't take care of themselves. We don't want to prematurely do anything (nursing home).She deserves more than that; however we all have jobs and kids and we can't afford to take more time off.We need assistance. Plus we want to have a good quality relationship with her in her final years. She also falls into the "middle man" bracket where she can't afford private care, yet makes too much for government assistance. Her insurance wont provide a provider! If anyone knows where we can get some affordable assistance, please let me know. There has got to be some hidden things out there that we just don't know about.