One phone call can turn your life completely upside down. That happened on Thursday afternoon. The Thursday before Labor Day weekend. The nursing home left message AT 4:00 PM, it said 'we received notice from United Healthcare that they will stop paying for your mothers skilled care in 3 days, she will be discharged on Sunday.' WHAT?!?!? Are you kidding me?!?! Oh and the kicker, 'you can't appeal that decision until tomorrow, Friday,' because they haven't sent the nursing home the official letter with mom's case number in it. Their reason for this decision is that they have been getting physical therapy reports and have determined that since mom can walk, she can go home. OK.......and she still has some serious medical issues that need to be addressed and performed by an RN. And since I'm not an RN, how do you propose that we take care of that? Not to mention the cognitive functions that are certainly not consitant or stable. She needs to be in a safe environment. Do they realize she lives alone? I filed the appeal, and as I sit here on the following Wednesday. I still haven't heard of the appeal has been granted. Since we didn't remove her from the nursing home on Sunday and IF we loose the appeal, she will be 'self-pay' for the extra days. Meanwhile, we are making arrangements for getting her home. The nursing home will perform a home assessment on Monday, I've called our local 'lifealert' to start the paperwork and schedule installation. When we get a definite discharge date 'peace meals' will begin delivery. I'm thinking discharge will be next week. A full 2 weeks AFTER the initial phonecall. The system is broken. Thankfully I'm in a position that I can dedicate quite a bit of time, energy and resources. My heart goes out to the families that have jobs, young children and distance to juggle as well.