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Broken hip, hospital delirium, rehab and exhaustion
Dad broke his hip on 2/16--fell in memory care unit. Surgery on 2/18 (had to wait because he takes Eliquis/blood thinner for AFIB). He's stage 5/6. He could not be left unattended in the hospital--tried to pull out IV, catheter, get up to go to bathroom. He moved to rehab facility for therapies (PT, OT, Speech). Within 24 hours in rehab center, he had fallen 2 times. Long story, short version...we (family--myself, DH and one of our daughters--the other one is in college and cannot help) have been with him 24/7 ever since. I was able to find someone on Care.com to help three days a week. Can't find evening or overnight help. I'm the heavy (16 hours a day), but we're all exhausted. I have only slept in my own bed one night since Dad's fall.
I put a SafeWander (worth every penny) button on him at night, so I can get a bit more sleep (as best as one can in a recliner). Skilled care facilities in my area will not use bed alarms as they are considered to be restraints.
I'm sure that he's going to need nearly every day of therapy that medicare will provide. I'm not sure that the rest of us (I'm an only child so I don't have family personnel resources) can survive until he's strong enough to return to MC. If I leave him at night and he falls again, I'm not sure he'd make it. He's never going to remember that he's broken and that he should use a walker.
Anyone had a similar experience that can shed some light and share words of wisdom?