Director Concierge: Deaven Golding
Patient Age: 72
Admission Date: 8/25/2021
Admitted From: Stonecrest Medical Center
D/C Date: TBD- hoping Mid-October
D/C Location: Home
Reason for Stay: Walter was admitted with a UTI, lower extremity cellulitis, generalized muscle weakness.
How did this patient hear about Bethany Center for Rehabilitation and Healing? He has been a patient at Bethany Center in the past.
Details of Experience:
Walter was admitted to Bethany Center following a four-night stay at Stonecrest Medical Center. He was admitted to the hospital for generalized weakness and poor food intake, which caused him to be very lethargic and weak. It also caused Walter to have a little bit of an altered mental status. He shared, “I felt very confused and a little groggy.. It was kind of scary, and I knew I needed help”. During his hospital stay, they administered IV fluids and drew blood to run some tests.
Upon admission to Bethany Center, he was greeted by our wonderful team and quickly settled into his room. Walters’s initial goal was to “return home to his wife with more mobility and strength.” The next day, physical and occupational therapy met with Walter to discuss his goals and treatment plan. He was to meet his goals by 9/20/2021. They were all very excited about his upcoming therapy journey!
Walter was ready to dive into therapy and get moving. Upon evaluation, he was not able to propel himself in his wheelchair or sit to stand transfer safely. Since he could not transfer from sit to stand, the therapists trained him on how to use the sliding board to transfer from wheelchair to bed and back. He participated in therapy six days a week for one hour a day. Walter was consistently practicing his transfers, leg mobility, and arm and back strength. He was starting to enjoy his sessions and excelling in therapy. He shares, “I can tell I’m getting stronger and better every day.”
Some of Walters’ favorite things to do outside of Bethany are golfing, spending time with his wife and family, and watching his grandkids baseball and football games. He states, “thinking about being able to do those things again is what is keeping me motivated to do therapy every day.” By 9/18/2021, Walter could safely transfer independently with the sliding board, propel himself in his wheelchair up to 125 feet without stopping and lift 10-pound weights with both of his arms.
After meeting his goals, our concierge met with Walter to check on him and see how he was doing and feeling. Walter shared with her, “I am feeling better than I have in months!” We are so happy for Walter and all of the accomplishments in his therapy journey. He will continue his therapy treatment until we have a set scheduled day for him to discharge home.
Until his discharge date, Walter states he will still be enjoying his cup of coffee in the morning, his morning activities, and his afternoon naps here at Bethany Center!