“Shopping for new digs”

Wayne’s condition, although stable is still “fragile.”  Where Wayne will be discharged to is contingent on his medical needs.  When a person has been ill for an extended period, bed ridden, basically de-conditioned big time, you must build their stamina up to do the work of rebuilding and rehabilitation. So while Wayne is getting better and stronger, he will need to go to an LTAC facility (more initials, shish).  A LTAC is a long term acute care facility, these facilities can handle Wayne’s many medical needs; TPN, blood transfusions, high power ports, infection, protection precautions, skin care, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera (I couldn’t resist…don’t you just love the King and I ). And best of all, more time spent doing Physical therapy (PT) and Occupational therapy (OT).  In Salt Lake county there are several long term care facilities, but there are only 3 LTAC facilities that could provide the level of care Wayne needs. So have I been checking references and shopping the real estate. I ruled out two, they would need to transport Wayne to a different facility every time Wayne needed to have blood products, did not have easy access to radiology and did not have rapid access to an ICU. Luckily for us, it was a good thing they were not the best fit, as one was located in Bountiful (north of SLC) and the other was located in South Jordan (southwest of SLC). Fortunately, the third facility seems best of all. Wayne will be going to a LTAC located in the city, inside a hospital, with on-site ICU and radiology.  And I really liked the PT and OT department.  The facility, called Promise, rents space from the LDSHospital and is located on 4th floor inside LDSHospital.

The plan for Wayne;  go to the LTAC, work at getting stronger and build his stamina to make the next move. In order for Wayne to make that next move, he will need strength and stamina to be able to do 3 hours of physical therapy, without getting wiped out. Right now, he is still too weak to qualify for going directly to a Rehabilitation center. Once he can handle the work, he will move back to the University of Utah Hospital Inpatient Rehab for intense rehabilitation and the Promise of home.  The promise of sunshine and HOME, now that IS promising !!!!!!

7 thoughts on ““Shopping for new digs”

  1. Wonderful news! The LDS Hospital people are wonderful, my dad was there for awhile. The parking is so much better than it used to be so you can zip in and out.
    The bagel shop is just down the road and smith’s market place can keep you in Jell-o. Great News! Thanks for posting you are a wonderful writer.

  2. Wonderful news! The LDS Hospital people are wonderful, my dad was there for awhile. The parking is so much better than it used to be so you can zip in and out.
    The bagel shop is just down the road and smith’s market place can keep you in Jell-o. Great News! Thanks for posting you are a wonderful writer. Shall you dance – cha-cha-cha on a bright cloud of music shall you glide.

  3. Prayers coming to Wayne and you for the brightest and fastest sunshine ever!!!! And then the gift of Home and Family nothing can be better for yall !!!!

  4. Happy Easter to you both. We are so glad that Wayne is working on his way home. Keep up the hard work Wayne we are thinking about you everyday. Thanks Peeches for the blog. It is really a help for those of us that would really like to be there. Mom asks me everyday to look at the blog. She is doing well.

  5. A move means there is some progress. That’s great. You guys are still on the top of our prayer list. If there are things that Wayne will need at Promise please post a list so all can help. Bless you sweet Peeches you are doing an amazing job with all that is on your plate. Jerry will miss checking in with you guys at Huntsman. We should be done with our visits there by the end of April.
    Peace, love and heart full of joy.

  6. Hi Peeches and Wayne,
    You continue to be in my hearts and prayers…what a courageous journey and such encouraging news! I admire you both so much.

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