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Can a nursing home patient that has drop foot ever be able to walk once again?

Can a nursing home patient that has drop foot ever be able to walk once again?

Usually: A 'drop foot' can have many causes. Typically, patients with a drop foot can walk with an ankle foot orthosis (afo) and other assistive devices as needed. Occasionally, surgery is recommended for this problem. I recommend an evaluation by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician or an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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Mrs. Rose is a hospice patient in the nursing home. She has gangrene of her foot. What can she do to cure it?

Mrs. Rose is a hospice patient in the nursing home. She has gangrene of her foot. What can she do to cure it?

It depends: Depending on her current health status, whether the gangrene is wet/dry, if there is neuropathy (which may spare the patient pain), and prognosis are to all be considered. Hospice care is palliative in nature, so if intervention for the gangrene is to be considered, a change in her hospice status is necessary. ...Read more

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When do you know its time for a dementia patient to go to a nursing home? Mother is 85 years old..Lives alone in apartment..Forgetful, but otherwise good health..Apartment is extremely clean and tidy, makes her own meals, walks independently. Siblings w

When do you know its time for a dementia  patient to go to a nursing home? Mother is 85 years old..Lives alone in apartment..Forgetful, but otherwise good health..Apartment is extremely clean and tidy, makes her own meals, walks independently.  Siblings w

The : The basic reason for a person to live permanently at a nursing home is if they can not function without assistance. Can the person handle every day tasks of living such as brushing their teeth, washing themself, dressing themself? Does the person engage in unsafe behaviors such as forgetting to turn off the oven? Does the person have a medical condition that would make it unsafe to live alone such as falling often or seizures? Is the person depressed and isolating themself? I think that it is excellent that your mother continues to interact with others and that she maintains her own home and makes her own meals. Many elderly people who have difficulty with some of those activities of daily living, may still elect to live independently in their own home but might have some meals delivered or might have maid service. Sometimes relatives want their elders to be placed in nursing homes so that they will not worry about them. I think it is very important to ask the person what their desire is. ...Read more

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Shouldnt a nursing home doctor see a 92 yo patient who has cognitive change and then falls? Offered to take her to office too. Got respite pass only

Shouldnt a nursing home doctor see a 92 yo patient who has cognitive change and then falls? Offered to take her to office too. Got respite pass only

Of course.!: There should be a doctor assigned to your patient by the nursing home. You should talk to this doctor about your concerns. Some facilities have nurse practioners available everyday for assessments. ...Read more

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Can an aide get into trouble for reporting to kids neglect and abuse to patients in a nursing home?

Can an aide get into trouble for reporting to kids neglect and abuse to patients in a nursing home?

Reporting abuse: Any reports of potential or real abuse need to be reported and are 'protected'. If anyone, including a health aide, suspects abuse, they are required to report immediately to their supervisors and beyond. Reports of any type of abuse in the nursing home requires immediate analysis and reports to state authorities. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a california nursing home contractually obligated to keep a patient for a certain amount of time?

I was wondering is a california nursing home contractually obligated to keep a patient for a certain amount of time?

No: However by state regulation under the federal guideline, each nursing home must provide the license for the total number of Medicare and Medicaid beds as well as for the private beds. So for example if the person paid privately but ran out of money and switched to Medicaid. Then depending on the number of Medicaid bed available, this person may have to move another one ...Read more

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What are pt aides? Are they formally trained? Pt signed off on nursing home patient and assigned to pt aide for exercise 3x/wk. Not sure what is done.

What are pt aides? Are they formally trained? Pt signed off on nursing home patient and assigned to pt aide for exercise 3x/wk. Not sure what is done.

Aide-de-camp: Aide-de-camp = field assistant (french) is by definition a personal assistant, in this case a helper to the pt. The pt is responsible for assessing and assigning appropriate therapy for specific patient based on the patient's medical/physical need. Once the plan of care is set, an aide can simply follow the instructions and carry out the activities assigned for that patient. Good luck. ...Read more

Footdrop (Definition)

Foot drop usually refers to the inability to dorsiflex the foot (ie lift your ankle up) this can be associated with a variety of conditions. The most common are dorsiflexor injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, and stroke. Less common causes are neuropathies, ...Read more