I've set up this site to keep you informed of Dad's situation following his fall on May 12. To recap, he fell while walking his dog and badly broke two vertebrae in his neck. Obviously, this is a serious injury for anyone, and a big challenge for a 99 year old... Dad was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he received great care from quite a team of providers - ER doctors, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, geriatricians, nurses, social workers, and more. Surgery was not a feasible option and he now has been fitted with a special neck support device that he will need to wear at all times for the foreseeable future.
Today, after the hospital thoroughly checked him out, he moved to the Mirabella Retirement Community's skilled nursing facility, where he will get 24 hour care , PT, OT, and a range of other support as we all get a clearer idea of what kind of help he needs now and in the future. We have experience with Mirabella as Peter's dad was there until he passed away in 2014, and his stepmother still lives there. It was by far the best skilled nursing option in the Seattle area, and we are grateful they were able to provide a nice private room when we needed it. The downside of any facility at the moment is that visitors are not allowed, but we are hoping to have a regular aid spend time with Dad, and to get some electronic options operating so he can "see" friends and family remotely.
Our overall goal is to get Dad back home. We are hopeful that his time in Mirabella will clarify what he needs , so that we can set up necessary support at home and he can return. I'll keep you informed every few days on how he's doing...
If you'd like to contact Dad, feel free to send him a card at Mirabella (116 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, room 224). He probably will be able to answer his cell phone in a few days ; I'll let you know when that is an option.