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Broken Hip - Rehab Options - Recommendations

My mom fell and broke her hip possibly as the result of a small stroke. To further complicate matters, she had a few mini-stokes at the hospital before the hip was repaired leaving her with some slight cognitive issues. She has one lung (cancer) and is currently fighting brain cancer.

We are supposed to sit down with some hospital people this week to discuss the hip rehab options. What I am looking for is a few recommendations for extended care/rehab facilities. Insurance and/or money is not the issue. We/She would like the people that are best suited to get her back on her feet. It's not that we think the hospital would steer us in the wrong direction, we'd just like to do our homework first.

About the patient...Mom is very tough. She responded well to the lung surgery and manages quite well on her own without supplemental oxygen. The tumors in her head, though inoperable, were reduced in size with whole head radiation. So much so that further radiation, "radiosurgery" was scheduled. An initial prognosis of two-three months could be stretched to possibly two years if the radiosurgery is successful.

The hip issue and the strokes really complicate things. We/She understand that a broken hip often signals the beginning of the last chapter for many elderly patients, but she stil wants to fight. To that end, we'd like to put her in the best position to succeed.

So, any recommendations...or reservations?

created by Solleks on Aug 28, 2011 at 09:35:31 am     Health     Comments: 8

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My mom had excellent care at the Kingston Care Center in Sylvania a couple of years ago.

I would not recommend any Arbors facility.

posted by mjcozy on Aug 28, 2011 at 09:46:28 am     #  

I am truly sorry to learn of your mother's poor health. I went through a similar situation with my father, and I have helped Main Lady get through some similar trials with her mother, who is now 102 and doing fine. Here's my experience:

Flower Hospital on Harroun Rd has a rehab center associated with it. STAY AWAY! We had several very bad experiences with Flower and Main Lady's mom said she'd rather die than go back there. Mind you, this is not the hospital portion; this is a separate facility.

Mercy St. Anne Hospital on Sylvania has an ER that specializes in senior citizens. All the experiences we've had with St. Anne have been excellent. I mention this because at some point your mom may need an ER. This is where I'd take my own mother.

I recommend Kingston Health Care at 4121 King Rd in Sylvania. I've seen several examples of long term care at Kingston and they do an absolutely stellar job of care and rehabilitation. This is where I'd take my friends and family.

posted by madjack on Aug 28, 2011 at 11:04:48 am     #  

Solleks, so very sorry to read about your mom's health. We used Regency Hospital (on Alexis Road) for a while - the staff there were wonderful and treated my mom with gentle care and respect. Insurance and cost was an issue for us...but if they weren't, we'd have chosen the Kingston Care Center of Sylvania.

posted by MrsPhoenix on Aug 28, 2011 at 11:36:24 am     #  

Spring Meadows Extended Care Facility - Holland, Ohio

Absolutely NOT recommended.

I wish your Mom and all your family better days.

posted by holland on Aug 28, 2011 at 08:49:22 pm     #  

My family is going through the very same thing, Solleks. DO NOT go to Heartland of Perrysburg. The nursing staff is good, but the administration is not. Had to move my mom from there after the facility's very own doctor conflicted with the administration over her care, causing her to lose Medicare. They were also terrible about recording her progress. A little research shows HRC Manor Care, which owns Heartland of Perrysburg and other facilities, may have overbilled Medicare by over $200 million between 2006-2008, so that may be why they are scaling back.

One of the questions you may want to ask a facility you are considering is, "Will she have a care plan(used to measure a patient's progress)?" Also, "How often will she get physical therapy?" Good luck, Solleks and I hope your mom gets well soon.

posted by renegade on Aug 28, 2011 at 11:08:02 pm     #  

Swan Creek has excellent staff and PT Dept.
DO NOT under any circumstances let a Social Worker try and sell you on DARLINGTON NURSING AND REHAB. The place is DANGEROUS and a HELL HOLE! I worked there as a charge nurse and even just driving by there makes me ill.

posted by RockChick on Aug 29, 2011 at 12:32:42 am     #  

RockChick, the state gives Darlington Nursing a good rating. I appreciate your expert, inside view of the place. You just don't know how something is going to be unless you talk to someone who's been there or worked there. If you take your loved one to a rehab, just ask them after they've been there for a week, if they can talk, if they like it there. You'd think they'd say no all the time because they are in nursing homes, but some people like it there because they don't have to be alone and have someone to help them. I've heard Kingston and Elizabeth Scott are pretty good.

posted by bikerdude on Aug 29, 2011 at 03:54:23 am     #  

My mom was at Kingston following her surgery for lung cancer about four years ago, and overall, it seemed pretty good.

The only problem that I could see was that they didn't seem to have much staff. When it was time for mom's pain meds, I had to go looking for someone, and was told that only RNs could administer meds, and there was only one on the floor at that time -- about 7 in the evening.

posted by Anniecski on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:54:32 am     #