The EMS transport was scheduled to arrive on Monday, December 15th at 2:00, which was just about the time I got there. Entering her room (thankfully for the last time) I encountered Katie; her husband, Sam; their son; the Provider RN; and the Caregiver, Gloria. The room was emptied of Katie’s belongings. A nursing home nurse was reviewing medications with Sam and finalizing paperwork. Other staff kept popping in the room to say goodbye and give Katie a hug. They all said they would miss her, but were glad she was going home. Typically, we had hurried up to wait—as the transport showed up at 3:00.
Once Katie was loaded in, it was a 15 minute drive to her home. She was greeted by a welcoming committee—ladies from next door and across the street. The neighborhood group goes back for decades. Everyone was thrilled to see Katie come home.
Equipment that was expected Friday wasn’t delivered until Monday morning, so Katie’s room was in a minor state of disarray. Katie wanted to get into her new electric hospital bed, which required Sam and Gloria to use the new electric Hoyer lift. Sam was eager to demonstrate how to use the lift; Gloria was eager to step right it and do her job; and together the first transfer was a success.
The Provider arrived and began to help Sam with setting up medications; she and the Provider RN will be visiting frequently, especially early on. Tomorrow, the home health company services are to begin. Home modifications (flooring, wheelchair accessible shower, and ramps) will be started soon. So—there will be a steady stream of people coming and going for the foreseeable future.
There’s a big learning curve and a significant level of stress to be expected. But with this terrific care plan in place and with the support of everyone on KATIE’S TEAM, I am encouraged that everything will work out—eventually functioning like a well-oiled machine.
Most importantly, Katie is happier than I have seen her for the past two years, and she is setting goals. “I hope to be walking by summer,” she said. WOAH Lady! One step at a time. But it’s great because—