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  1. They would pick her up at her assisted living. She would wait in her wheelchair (and later her motorized wheelchair) in the lobby for them. They would put her in the van, in the wheelchair, strap it down etc. Then wheel her to the doctor (sometimes to the lobby, sometimes to the office itself). But never just dropped on the curb. Depending on how long the appointment was, they would either wait or have the doctor call when she was done, and then they’d pick her up and take her back to her AL. Some of the smaller, private drivers went above and beyond. One took her to our house for my kids confirmation. We had a small step, so he took her out of the wheelchair, got her standing with a walker, out the wheelchair up the step and then got her back into in. Believe me, it was a process! He was young and sweet and patient. His prices were more like $25-35, depending on distance, waiting etc. The bigger services were at least double or triple that.
  2. You mentioned before that money wasn’t a concern and you wanted him in the best place. (If I’m remembering right). If so, I would have him transported to your city, as close to you as possible so you can visit him in rehab more frequently and keep an eye on progress and his treatment by the staff. And hire a local wheelchair transport to appointments within your city. My mom stopped being able to ride in my car, so we just the wheelchair transport. There are the official big name ones, and then there are the local guys who turn a minivan into a wheelchair transport.
  3. We’ve been back since last August- masked and every other pew roped off. Probably several hundred people each service. They sanitize in between. And youth group is masked and meets in a larger room than they used to. So far it seems to be fine, and I hope they stay that way for a good while. Not looking forward to being all crowded together again.
  4. I want to take my teens to the Smoky Mountains. Do some zip lining, rafting, kayaking, hiking etc. and have a nice cabin with a hot tub 🙂. We have more fun when we stay active.
  5. So a few posts now have suggested wider shoes or men’s shoes. I’m going to try that route. Hopefully Brooks will let me order again! 🙂 thanks!
  6. For mostly a beach and hanging out, I’d go with a shorter drive. What’s closest? Least expensive? You live in VA so tons of history stuff to do all the time anyway. we did take a family vacation to Chincoteague when the kids were around 5. Awesome trip. Boat ride to see the wild horses, beach days, a class run by the rangers at the national park, a rainy day at the nasa museum place nearby. Plans to go horseback riding didn’t work out, but that was an option too.
  7. What muscle knots did you have to work out? Just started walking in my keens and now having it band issues
  8. What muscles did you find bothered you when you switched from supportive to less supportive shoes? I just started walking in my keens which are fine for my feet, but my it band in my left leg is acting up, plus some other aches/pains.
  9. In our state, they have different rated levels of AL care. We moved my mom to a level 5, the highest. You paid by which level you were (how much help you needed). We didn’t want to have to move her again, and this one could continue into memory care or hospice. At the end, she didn’t meet even the level 5 requirements to be there, but since she was on hospice they let her stay and the staff took extra care of her. So if you are looking at other places, you may see what level care they can provide should he deteriorate over the next years, and can they/will they handle it.
  10. I go to bed before him and I wear ear plugs.
  11. No, I haven’t tried Altra- I’ll look into them. I do have keens ( a pair that my son outgrew before wearing them), but the footbed doesn’t seem to fit my foot well.
  12. Are they supportive? Or is it pretty much just a thin barrier and like going barefoot? I do need support.
  13. I returned another pair of good supportive running shoes today. These gave me a bunion type thing on the outside of one foot. So, instead of sneakers or confined shoes, what else can I wear for walking and maybe some easy running. Walking is maybe 3-4 miles a day, on pavement/streets. I have sandals that I could wear casually walking for a day shopping or touring or such, but don’t think they’d work for a fast paced walk with some running. so options? I live in Florida so spend a good amount of time barefoot or in crocs or such. maybe my feet don’t take to confined spaces as much anymore.
  14. We asked around at church, other people with older folks etc. maybe his AL place may have some suggestions of local agencies? Or does he have a favorite aide at AL that may want to moonlight as a companion?
  15. Is he not allowed back at his AL yet due to his condition? He could have PT done there, either by their in house folks or another agency that would come in.
  16. I lived close by which I realize you don’t, so I was there a lot. I also hired her a companion for a couple hours a day that was supposed to look out for her, so it can be done. And maybe you can find an encouraging aide that will keep the place on its toes with your dad. We went with a basic cna, but a higher qualified aide or nursing student may have provided better results in our case. Only because it tends to be their calling, rather than just a job. my experience: 1) my mom didn’t exactly like people hovering and was super fussy, and the one she settled for wasn’t very ambitious. She used her to go out to Panera and get her better food 🙄. 2) the staff saw a hired hand there and therefore thought that aide would take care of mom and they didn’t need to, so it caused some confusion.
  17. They may release him from the hospital with a bunch. Ask them for some extras. It’s standard hospital footwear. And if he likes slippers, he may not need them. My mom wasn’t a fan of shoes and the socks were more comfortable
  18. Button downs may be easier if he has trouble pulling stuff over his head.
  19. They are remembering their younger selves 💕. Same way I have pants I’ve long outgrown in my closet 😂
  20. Yes, I was greatly dismayed that going to the bathroom on their own was more frowned upon and discouraged, than encouraged. Both in hospitals and rehabs. Yes, and if he’s says he hurts and doesn’t want to get up, they may just leave him in bed. And if he says he doesn’t want to go to pt because he hurts or is tired, they will not typically force it. They say it’s because they do not want to force them against their will, but it also makes it easier on the staff. And this is how some patients get worse in rehab instead of better. Patients either need to advocate for themselves, or have an advocate. Again, just my experience with some places; I hope it doesn’t hold true for you, but I wanted to give you a heads up. I hope you and your dad have a terrific experience.
  21. When my dad got older, he liked ordering pants from haband.com Lots of pull on type pants. Not too expensive.
  22. It is a lot to take on. And even if your mom hadn’t divorced him, you might still be doing this. My mom wasn’t quite capable when it got to this stage and these kinds of things. I don’t know if it’s because it’s their spouse or themselves, or the age, but it was too much of an effort for her to get it organized and together.
  23. Sweatpants are the easiest (not the kind you tie but just elastic). I’d go for 8. They often lose clothes or ‘can’t find’ them to wash 🙄. I took to doing my moms. Nothing fancy or good for that reason. T-shirt’s are fine if he can manage them. And definitely a sweater, sweatshirt, blanket. Many older folks find it too cold. Put his name on everything if you can. Non slip socks like you wear in the hospital are good. Plus a pair of sneakers for pt- they need a pair of shoes for pt. some people may dress a little nicer if they go to the dining hall, but I wouldn’t worry about that as long as there’s not a dress code at the place for the dining facility.
  24. One other thing to ask his doctor- how much time should your dad spend up, in a chair, walking with a walker, versus back in bed. Elderly lose a lot of muscle and ability very fast. Sitting requires more core muscles and strength than laying in bed. Is he continent now? If so, insist that they get him up to use the bathroom instead of diapering him. Otherwise he will likely come out of rehab incontinent and needing depends full time. The staff generally finds it easier to change depends than get the elderly folks to the bathroom because they change them at a time of their choosing. they won’t feed him, so he needs to self feed or you help him. give him a cell phone so he can call you, if he doesn’t already have one. Check to make sure he’s been up, dressed and given breakfast by a certain time each morning. The cnas and PT staff don’t always work together well to ensure patients make it to their appointments. there are excellent staff. It’s just that I’ve seen more bad and ‘meh’ staff than terrific staff. It’s hard, messy, and underpaid work.
  25. His doctor has to be very specific for the PT prescription- if he wants 2x/day, 7 days a week, the doctor has to spell it out on the prescription (and get a copy of it). Many rehabs in my experience are busy and will try to get away with 1x/day and never on weekends or holidays. So check the rehab staff. Also, if they come to get your dad and he says he doesn’t want to do it or isn’t ready, he may be forgotten for the day. Which brings the issue of the CNA staff into place. Visit at various times (especially evenings if you can). My mom stayed in one place with some seriously witchy cnas. I mean NASTY! Sometimes you can hear the way they talk in the hall to each other. The admin staff was very nice, but it’s the cnas that the patients have the most dealings with - for dressing, toileting, meds, general help. How well staffed is the place (how many vacancies?). Are people mainly in their beds all day? In wheelchairs lined up in the hall? Busy doing things? What are the interactions the staff has? Smiling and chatty and friendly? Or ignore and walk past? if you have to pick a place quickly, do your best and then plan to be there, a lot. does he need OT? Many times the place will give PT and ot and count that as two therapies a day if they’re busy instead of giving two PT sessions. My mom hated OT and thought it was such a waste. But the place makes Medicare money from it. Ask his doctor to be very clear in prescribing what he needs and doesn’t need.
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