“Elderly Hospital Patients Arrive Sick, Often Leave Disabled” – California Healthline

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Ron Schwarz, 79, was hospitalized after falling in the shower. Schwarz is a patient in a special ward at the San Francisco General Hospital known as the Acute Care for the Elderly unit, or ACE. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

“Janet Prochazka was active and outspoken, living by herself and working as a special education tutor. Then, in March, a bad fall landed her in the hospital.

“Doctors cared for her wounds and treated her pneumonia. But Prochazka, 75, didn’t sleep or eat well at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. She became confused and agitated and ultimately contracted a serious stomach infection. After more than three weeks in the hospital and three more in a rehabilitation facility, she emerged far weaker than before, shaky and unable to think clearly.

“She had to stop working and wasn’t able to drive for months. And now, she’s considering a move to Maine to be closer to relatives for support.

“‘It’s a big, big change,’ said her stepdaughter, Kitty Gilbert, soon after Prochazka returned home. ‘I am hopeful that she will regain a lot of what she lost, but I am not sure.’”

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