was able to move a client into the community yesterday from a nursing home, after working with her for well over a year to get her out.
Believe it or not, this is probably one of my "shorter" time frames though.
Bringing someone out of a highly structured setting is a lengthy process and super stressful for ALL involved, because there are so many things that need to be followed up on for weeks prior, as well as for weeks after discharge. SO MANY things often go wrong too which is why nursing home discharges take so freakin' long. Biggest issues tend to center around housing location and money which I am sure is no surprise if you've been working in the field for awhile.
When you are dealing with someone who has complicated medical issues as well, often their conditions change while they are waiting out the process which can prolong things further. This happened too with this particular lady.
It all finally came together though (with only a few minor bumps yesterday that were easily worked out) and I have to say, that my heart felt open finally seeing her set free.