The Application - Page 5


This section can be tricky. Why? Because if you are dealing with someone who cannot be moved about easily or be transported be prepared to somehow get them to their doctor and possibly hospital.

My gram had broken her pelvis and this is why she required a nursing home. Although after some time she healed quite well but still required some extra care. At the time we were doing the application she was in significant pain and couldn't get around but regardless we had to trot her here and there by ambulance to get some of the below tests done.

By the way, an ambulance in Toronto is $45.00 each way so expect some bills if the person you are applying for is not ambulatory and you must use an ambulance to transport them. As well, an ambulance isn't all that easy to book however you can book them but if an emergency call comes in, they will take care of it first, then you so you may be late to where you are going. So, please expect a possible wait. My gram had some complications after her pelvic break and we had to use an ambulance for transportation a few times and I have to say the paramedics were terrific with her. I have no complaints at all about any of the EMT's we encountered.

Here, on this page of the application, you are asked their current treatment required. Usually a doctor can simply put in 'supportive care'.

They will also want to know if the applicant has been in the hospital within the last 6 weeks. If yes, which hospital. There's a reason for this, if they have been in the hospital it will mean yet another test to have done. There is a antibiotic resistant virus in hospitals and the applicant will have to be checked for it if they have recently been in the hospital. This is a precaution so nothing of that nature is taken into a nursing home. Things like this can be deadly in those kinds of places.

If yes as well there are other infectious screenings the applicant will have to be tested for.

Now.. regardless of whether or not the applicant has been in the hospital they are required to have the following before being admitted to a nursing home. Matter of fact, the following must be done BEFORE the application is sent in.

1) Last 2 step Mantou - this is a T.B. test and must be done. Just to let you know ahead of the game, it's an easy test but you'll have to go back to the doctor to have it read. You are injected just under the skin on the inside of your arm by your wrist. Then you wait 24 - 48 hours but NO LONGER than 48 hours to have the test read. A physician or nurse must read the test so you'll have to go back. Don't even think you can just call the doctor's office and report no reaction. A physician or nurse must view it and document it themself.

2) They want to know when the applicants last chest x-ray was. If it wasn't within a year be prepared to go for another one.

3) Last Flu Shot.. the applicant is expected to have a current flu shot or if it's summer, the last year's shot.

4) Pneumonia Vaccine - the applicant is expected to have a current pneumonia shot as well.

Then theres a question about whether or not the applicant requires oxygen and any needed information concerning that.

Then finally all the doctor info yet again and their signature and date again.

*NOTE* If there are any outbreaks of any kind going around at the time be aware of delays or even cancellations. S.A.R.S. hit just prior to when we were admitting my grandmother to the nursing home and that was hell enough but I couldn't imagine it while we were trying to get her to hospital for her chest x-ray and such. It would have stopped us dead in our tracks.

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