Dad has fallen for the 3rd time in the last couple of years, so we've spent more time at the hospital, talking to doctors, making phone calls, trying to follow up on a medicare nightmare.
Did you know, you can be an inpatient at the hospital for several days, but medicare deems you not an inpatient, but an outpatient. EVEN if you were admitted through the ER, and got to the ER via an ambulance at 3 in the morning!!! Are you familiar with being admitted as an outpatient for observation? If not, you really need to read the tiny print on your medicare book. My Dad is to be 93 in a few weeks, fell, the squad took him to the hospital. They ruled out breaks with xrays and scans, and were concerned about his heart, and did some things to his pacemaker....3 days later while in a hospital bed........being seen by only hospital doctors........they tell us he is not really admitted. Now his actually hospital bills, may still get paid (too soon to tell yet if there's an issue with that), but..........since he wasn't really admitted, no follow up care in a skilled nursing facility for physical therapy, nursing, occupational therapy etc will be covered. Apparently this relatively new "thing" has created lots of problems and huge numbers of law suits nationally. Seems a crime to me you pay for medicare for YEARS, and then when you get old and need it........poof!
After talking to everyone under the sun to try and get this reversed, we were contacted by a Rehab Hospital...not a skilled facility, but a hospital where he was admitted and received intense therapy that is covered and this stay will qualify for him for the follow up care he needs at a skilled nursing facility for awhile before he goes onto Assited Care. He's been living alone, and just really can't any longer.
While I don't think the mess about the wall on the boarder is at all funny...this made me smile. And I believe would be just as effective as donnie john's big beautiful wall that Mexico was going to pay for..........perhaps more effective, though you could die from laughter watching.
There's actually a chart to show you how to dry brush your body.