Personal Senior Advocates

Facility Discharge Appeals

Did you know that over 80% of seniors are discharged from rehab before they feel they are ready?

Although being in a rehab facility is not a pleasant experience, it is critical that you feel safe to manage on your own once you return home. The therapy goals set for treatment during a rehab stay, do not take into account what the patient wants.  Why not?

Your insurance company typically has a set amount of days they will cover and the treatment plan is established by a Physical Therapist and Physician you have never met. How many days will you need to be there?  The average amount of time your receive with a therapist is approximately 30 minutes a day.  What about the other 23 hours each day?  Do you have the option to receive your therapy at home? There are so many questions!

Having an Advocate to speak on your behalf will ensure you know what questions to ask and have a say in the treatment plan.  If appropriate, your Advocate can appeal the scheduled discharge until you feel you are safe returning home, because your safety should always be the goal.

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Did you know

Why do they take photos of your body when you’re admitted to a nursing home/rehab facility?

Drug resistant infections acquired during a hospital stay have increased 230% since 2001.

Privately paid caregivers that provide care in your home are not legally allowed to assist you with your medications.

Without an Health Care Directive, if you are unable to speak for yourself, the medical facility will make ALL treatment decisions for you.

When Seniors are discharged from a hospital, they are told they are going to “Rehab”. No one tells them that this really means they are going to a Nursing Home.

Premature discharges lead to 40% of post-op complications occurring at home.

Discharge planning begins when you arrive at the hospital, and you should be included in the planning process.

28% of hospitalizations of Seniors are caused by medication errors.

Legally a facility doctor in a Nursing Home only has to see a patient once every 30 days unless the nurse notes in your chart that an issue requires the doctor’s attention.

Bet you didn’t know that having great insurance can actually be dangerous.

Why would anyone need to leave a nursing home to go to a doctor’s appointment?

Unscrupulous medical billing practices will often reflect a “balance due” on a bill when the insurance company has already been billed.

When you are in the hospital, you may request that routine lab work be done during your waking hours, not the middle of the night.

Seniors can be stuck with large medical bills when the hospital doesn’t Admit them. Admission vs. Observation?

The ratio of patient to staff in a medical facility is not regulated.

When an elderly person has urinary tract infection, it is common for them to have “dementia like” symptoms.

You have guaranteed rights as a patient? Do you know what they are?

A new patient has their belongings logged by the staff. The same staff reconciles the list. See The Potential Problem?

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