Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hospital Level Rest Home

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.


  1. I am so happy to hear there was a hospital level rest home available and the trip was made. I know it eases your mind.

  2. Was lovely to read you can walk to visit your dh in the new home ((HUGS)))

    If your dh enjoys music you might like the above link??

    Love Leanne

  3. Susan, this is a good move, do you really have to pay for ambulance transfers? And if you can walk there, that might be a bonus. Keep your chin up, we are here for you, Fond greetings, Jean.

  4. Thanks everyone - Jean - we belong to the St. Johns but that only covers trips to the hospital - from the hospital to home or a rest home etc is a private hire. I have just paid my sub and asked what it would be likely to cost. The St. John's lady said "get a taxi - it will be over $100". He had to have an ambulance so I just hope I don't have to pay for both of them.

  5. It sounds like some things will be easier for you. Hopefully, you will not get two bills for the transfer.

  6. Good thing you knew enough to ask about the $5 per day, how many don't I wonder? Stay warm ... we are praying for rain here today in Ontario, it is very hot and humid this morning.

  7. I'm glad your husband has been safely transferred to the new home, Susan, despite the hitches on the way. I too hope you won't be charged twice. I find it hard enough to think of you being charged once.