I've spent the last 5 weeks assisting my mother with health issues, hospitalizations (two) and taking care of her affairs while she was in rehabilitation. This had been an experience for us both as neither of us had, thankfully, been sick for any true length of time.
Being the sole caregiver for this period was something I did without reservation. I've always stepped up when needed, so they're was no hesitation. Being in this situation made me realize you need to be your own advocate for your family member who is institutionalized.
Seems health care in general is about treatments converted by insurance and by Medicare. Mom is entitled to visiting nurses, home health care, in-home physical therapy, and a bunch of stuff. Well, that's just great. Does she need all this?
Medications were switched around from place to place until it was so confused I didn't know what to do. That's the real help we received from the visiting nurse today, helping sorry that out and calling doctors on our behalf. It worked!
Length of stay seemed designed around coverages, but in truth that worked out too.
I'm ready to return to life as normal, but that'll be another week or so.