Finally, late Friday afternoon, my hubby was discharged from the public hospital and transferred by ambulance to the new hospital level rest home. Even this was not without incident as the lady ambulance officer was down in Whangarei from Kaitaia to pick up a patient who was coming up from Auckland. As this patient hadn't arrived and there was a back log in Whangarei she was sent to do the transfer.
I was in the ward and left when they started to transfer M. from his bed to the "trolley". I arrived at the Rest Home and waited over an hour and, finally, the office called the hospital to see what was happening. It turned out that the patient had arrived from Auckland and so the ambulance officer was taken off my husbands case and headed back to Kaitaia leaving him (presumably) in the ward waiting for another ambulance. I just hope I don't have to pay for both ambulances.
As it was quite late the main admittance forms were left for Monday. Yesterday, I went on the Parkinson's walk and, in spite of heavy rain in the night, we had a fine walk followed by coffee at the airport cafe . Just as we were leaving the rain started again. I then went to the Rest Home and after visiting completed the admittance form. When I had first visited I asked about extra charges and was told there were none apart from supplying shampoo, toothpaste etc. I noticed on the form an extra $5.00 a day for an en suite toilet and handbasin, when I mentioned this it was waived. If not I would be paying an extra $150 a month.
Today is COLD - not sure what the temp is but I have two fires going and am still shivering. Hoping to walk down to the home shortly if the weather holds - it is just 1.6 kms so quite a pleasant walk.