I've had a helpline call today from a lady whose sister has severe RA. She has fractured both her elbows, and they would normally have operated to put metal rods in, but can't because she has osteoporosis, so her bones are too weak.
As a result, she has been discharged to a care home, which is mainly populated by much older people (she is 56). They cannot say how long she will be there, but it sounds like recovery is expected to take a long time and worst case scenario will be if she doesn't gain enough function to be independent and this becomes a permanent situation.
As you might imagine, this lady is very worried for her sister and is concerned that this might not be the best place for her at the moment and she wondered if there was anything available for someone in this sort of situation, to be with other people of a similar age (in the Bromley area). Unfortunately going privately isn't an option. She will contact the local council and local CAB to see if they have any info on what's available in the area and whether any financial support might be possible.
Posting on here is a bit of a long-shot, as this is not a typical situation for someone with RA, especially at this age. However, I said I would put this on here as a way to connect with a large group of people to ask if anyone has been in or known someone in a similar situation or if you just have any thoughts on anything that might help this lady.
I would appreciate any suggestions you can think of.
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