Case Study: Beeghly Oaks Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (April 2015)


Patient Age: 74 yrs
Admission Date: 3/25/15
Admitted From: Alleghany General Hospital
Discharge Date: 4/1915
Discharged to: Home
Length of Stay: 15 days
Reason for Stay: Atrial fibrillation
How did this Patient hear about Beeghly Oaks Center for Rehabilitation & Healing? Afriend of his, who is a Resident here.

Nursing: Case study Nicholas Catarcio

Mr. Catarcio is a 74 year old gentleman from New Castle, Pennsylvania, and admitted to our facility on 3/25/15 with a diagnosis of Atrial fibrillation. Mr. Catarcio set a goal to get stronger so he could return home. Through therapy he was able to accomplish his goals and returned home on 4/9/15. While he was a resident at our facility, it was a pure joy to take care of him. Mr. Catarcio revealed to me through several conversations that he was a diehard Notre Dame fan. I told him that Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach, was from my hometown and that I met him several times. A common bond was formed and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Mr. Catarcio.

John Kraft RN DON

Therapy: Mr Catarcio is a 74 y/o was admitted to Beeghly Oaks after short hospital stay, presented with new onset of decreased strength, functional mobility, decreased transfers, reduced ability to safely ambulate, decreased balance and activity tolerance placing patient at risk for falling. He also presented with decreased reduced ADL participation, increased need for assist from others, decreased static and dynamic standing balance indicating need for OT to maximize Independence with ADL’s.
Patient achieved his established goals through therapeutic interventions following a short stay at the facility. Patient was ambulating unlimited distances with straight cane, good balance and safety. Nick was able to safely transfer self to various surfaces independently, as well as complete all ADL’s with Good activity tolerance throughout tasks. Patient discharged to home with his wife and home therapies to maximize his potential.

Activities: Mr. Catarcio preferred self directed activities, enjoyed the newspaper, and was very pleasant. Mr. Catarcio was catholic and enjoyed Communion and visits from, the Deacpm

Concierge: Mr. Catarcio, who wanted to be called Nick, was a friend from the time I met his wife Darlene, his children and grandchildren. They all were so pleasant and a joy to talk to. Nick has a gregarious personality and so enjoyed talking about Notre Dame. Nick worked so hard every day to regain his mobility and his perseverance paid off when he was able to return home with his wife. God Bless you Nick

Patient gave consent for her story to be shared