Within a few days, James showed improvement. After 10 days he is sitting up, although he cannot speak yet, he is communicating basic yes and no answers. Today, 4/8/18, we helped him stand and transfer to a chair to look out the window. The hospital wants to discharge him because they said they cannot do anything else for him that a skilled nursing facility can't do. The hospital provided a couple therapy visits.
Immediately he needs intensive speech therapy to help him learn to swallow and time is of the essence; the longer he does not receive this therapy the more likely he will not swallow and avoid getting liquids/food into his lungs and pneumonia is more than likely and without an abililty to eat by mouth, death is imminent. For longer term he will need intensive therapy and 24/7 care until he can take care of himself.
His insurance pays for Jima skilled nursing facility but does not pay for any rehab costs . To have any quality of life he will need rehabilitation which cost $45.00 for each 15 minutes.
15 minutes can make a difference!
Thank you in advance on behalf of my brother James.
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