Rockcastle rehab center was recommend...

Rockcastle rehab center was recommended as the place for rehab for my wife

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Dude

AOL

#1 Aug 13, 2011
Of couse I am asking for imput from the community. I have read the PR that they publish, It sounds good of course. No one would say they sucked.. On the 28th of June my wife went to the Dr with a problem with what she thought was reflux. She was instructed to report to the hospital after she refused to take an ambulance to one. She came home told me she needed to go. We proceeded as instructed, she was admitted. On the 29 she had a scope ot the heart that revealed there were blockages, & a faulty valve that allowed the blood to return to her lungs. On 30 June she had the open heart operation. Took about 8 hrs. There were 5 blockages, faulty valve (pulminary side) & a hole in her heart fixed. On the 1st of July they removed her from the ventilator which was breathing for her. After about seven hours of gasping for life she was placed back on the vent. About a week later she had a pacemaker installed & several days later she received a treachea. After 28 days she still could not breath on her own, she had 40 lbs of water weight & of course no exercise so she needed theorapy. She was sent to a speciality hospital. They have worked with her but there seeems to be a problem every thing they do. She will respond for a few days then relapse to as bad or worse than the previous days. She will have about 2 more weeks at this facility before she must be discharged. One of the facilities that were recommended is Rockcastle. It will be a continuation of her treatment, with hopes that time will improve her life. I have read the info that they provide, there are facilities in this area that have the same claims but there is the PR for every business. She can not speak but she is alert, very smart & knows of the things being said to or about her. It is frustrating for us both. Of course she is the one that has no respit from the continual pain & the feeling of smothering. I dont think the people here can solve her problems. She has made progress here but the weaning from the ventilator is the key to her future & quality of life. She has given up, she does not think there will be any future for her outside of her present enviroment. It has been 46 days since this whole thing has started. I'am worn out so I would imagine her feeling are more intense than mine. I still lover her very much, she is my life, we have been together for about 54 years, 50 of them as married. My problem would be that a round trip to this facility (Rockcastle) would be in excess of an 8 hr drive for me.
Dude

AOL

#2 Aug 13, 2011
I want what is best for her. I dont think I am able to do the commute on a daily basis. there are things that must be done even though she is in this state. In addition I am old & have limitations. The case manager has not made a final assesment of the next step yet but is trying to line up several options that we could have choice of. I would appreciate your help & imput about this facility, & your prayers for her recovery would be helpful. Thanks
sally

Stanford, KY

#3 Aug 13, 2011
i don't know you or your wife but god does, prayers going up for both of you.
someone who knows

Mount Vernon, KY

#4 Aug 13, 2011
sally wrote:
i don't know you or your wife but god does, prayers going up for both of you.
They had a really good occupational therapist but she went elsewhere because of the work conditions.
Look

Kittanning, PA

#5 Aug 13, 2011
Try looking here:

www.Local-Nursing-Homes.com
Look

Kittanning, PA

#6 Aug 13, 2011
http://chfs.ky.gov/os/oig/LTCinspectionfindin...

Here's another one. It's a government website that lists all the nursing and rehab centers. You can click on the date listed by each one and it will give details of any complaints or findings. Are you talking about the Brodhead Ky rehab or the hospital in Mt. Vernon?
nurse

United States

#7 Aug 13, 2011
If I am reading your post correctly, your wife is still dependent on a ventilator. If this is the case, I would consider the vent unit at Mount Vernon Hospital. I haven't been there in a couple of years, but it has a great reputation and was always clean and well staffed. I don't believe that Rockcastle Rehab will take vent patients, but even if they do, they will not be staffed like the long term vent unit at the hospital.
Dude

AOL

#8 Aug 13, 2011
nurse wrote:
If I am reading your post correctly, your wife is still dependent on a ventilator. If this is the case, I would consider the vent unit at Mount Vernon Hospital. I haven't been there in a couple of years, but it has a great reputation and was always clean and well staffed. I don't believe that Rockcastle Rehab will take vent patients, but even if they do, they will not be staffed like the long term vent unit at the hospital.
The case manager didnt have all the info for me when we talked but she said the Rockcastle was connected or adjacent to the hospital. I would guess at this time that the one she was talking about would be at Mt Vernon, its supposto have a 93 bed capacity. I read the info they had put on the web. it sounded good, but most of them do. I believe the other one is for alcohol & drug rehab.
FYI

Campbellsville, KY

#9 Aug 14, 2011
Dude you are not fooling any body, I know what you are up to GET A LIFE.
Questions

London, KY

#10 Aug 14, 2011
It is the best facility for vent patients anywhere around. She'll be taken care of there.
McGill

AOL

#11 Aug 14, 2011
I wouldn't take a dog there. The vent unit is more like a nursing home. Very sad and depressing. My dad went ther to be weaned from the vent and they made very little effort with him. He kept taking the tube loose and there was never anyone to keep him from doing it. They give no indidvidual attention at all and ask that the family does not stay with the patient to help.He was there just under 2 weeks when he passed.
therapist

London, KY

#12 Aug 15, 2011
Wherever you go, don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask them how much therapy she will receive and ask if you can sit in on the treatments. As your wife recovers, check little things like her fingernails for trimming and hygiene, make sure she has no bedsores developing, ask other residents who are cognitively intact how things are there. Visit at different times of the day. Nursing homes can be a GOD-send or a nightmare and everything in between. I wish you the best as your wife goes through recovery and may GOD speed her returning home. Good luck!
Dude

AOL

#13 Aug 20, 2011
Thanks for your imputs, My wife died at 0615 AM, 17 Aug
McGill

AOL

#14 Aug 20, 2011
Dude wrote:
Thanks for your imputs, My wife died at 0615 AM, 17 Aug
I am sorry to hear this about your wife. Losing someone is never easy under any circumstance.

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