Hi: My dad is 80 years old and was very active even with an ileostomy and a foley catheter. 16 years ago, he had a subdural hemmorage due to a fall, recovered in 10 days after burrhole craniotomy.
Around thanksgiving 2007, he started feeling weakness and paralysis in his left arm and leg. Diagnosed with subdural, he chose to go home since hospital did not suggest rehab. Paralyzed leg showed improvement after home exercize.
In the new year, we admitted him in an emergency due to a bleeding ulcer (we thought another hemmorage). Doctors trie to fix with endoscopy, failed after few days, fixed with abdominal surgery.
He is now in step down, is able to eat soft foods, but unable to move himselft into siting position. he can sit, move his 'paralyze arm and leg a bit', 'left vision affected.
Doctors are ignoring stroke symptoms, suggesting skilled nursing facility. He has been 1 week in medical ICU, 1 week in Surgery ICU, 1 week in step down ICU
How can we lobby to keep him in the hospital longer and get him into acute inpatient rehab? We feel that the nursing home will not aid his recovery with his multiple issues and he will not get regualr therapy.