We received a frantic call at 4 PM on a Wednesday from a woman named Patricia. She told us that her 92 year old Dad, Robert, was found on the floor of his apartment this morning. They had spent the day at the hospital in the Emergency Department and numerous tests were performed. For Gina Murray, this case study is a good example of the importance of reviewing medication management.
By Gina Murray, Co-Founder and Director of Aware Senior Care
Editor’s note: Client names have been changed to protect their privacy.
Fortunately, there were no fractures and no signs of an acute medical problem including stroke or heart attack. Patricia told us the hospital staff told her she could ‘take him home’ as he was living independently prior to this fall.
Unfortunately, the hospital staff did not address the fact that her Dad could not stand up or walk without help now. They said he was suffering from ‘extreme exhaustion’ and would need help ‘for a while’.
The family requested caregivers around the clock until they could decide what level of assistance their Dad would need. Patricia asked if I knew good assisted living facilities. I told her I would bring information to the assessment and help them in any way I could.
The Urologist told him not to take the medication. We provided care for Robert around the clock for less than one week. By then, he had regained his strength and was able to live independently once again. One of our greatest joys is having clients ‘graduate’ from service and continue to thrive in their home.
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