My mother broke her ankle about 6 weeks ago and had it operated on and then was put in a nursing home. Well she has been there for 6 weeks now and I'm wondering if anybody knows what the average stay is for this type of thing as she cannot walk with crutches since she is old and does not have the balance, they say they still dont feel comfortable in sending her home yet as this week they say she can only put 50 percent weight on it. Next week they say 100 percent weight and hopefully within 2 weeks she can go home walking with a walker. Is this kind of time normal for this kind of thing anybody know? I wanted to get her out of the nursing home like a week ago as she is miserable there. Would a eight week stay in the nursing home be the norm in such a situation? She does have some neuropathy in her feet from age, but was walking ok before she fell and broke her ankle. I'm just thinking maybe they are trying to keep her there as long as they can? I dont really know a real lot about these kinds of things, but it seems like a lot of time for just a broken ankle? They claim they are nervous to send her home in a wheelchair as she does things like forgets to lock up the brakes when she transfers and they are afraid she will take a real bad fall that way? They claim she needs to keep the boot she has to wear on when she stands up for at least another three weeks? Do bones take this long to heal? I always thought it was like 6 weeks for broken bones to heal? Maybe I am just rushing things because I want her to be able to go home and and be so miserable. I hate seeing her have to be in a nursing home, I feel she is too young to be there with all those older folks in their 80's and 90's, she looks younger than she is and she is only 76, I come from a family of longevity, my grandparents lived to be nearly 100.