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 !!!!!!