Case Study: Beeghly Oaks Center for Rehabilitation & Healing Center (February 2017)

Patients Age: 80
Admission Date: 10/25/16
Admitted From: St. Elizabeth’s Main Campus
Discharge Date: 2/24/2016
Discharged To: Hillside Acute Rehabilitation
Length of Stay: 122 Days
Reason for Stay: Fall, cerebrovascular accident (CVA),
right hemiparesis and aphasia
How did this patient hear about Beeghly Oaks Center? Carol Zeigler, Director of Concierge Services

Details of Experience:

Mr. Carl Flitcraft arrived to Beeghly Oaks Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on October 25, 2016 from an inpatient hospitalization at St. Elizabeth’s Main Campus in Youngstown, Ohio. Mr. Flitcraft suffered a stroke in February of 2015 with minimal residual effects. He then had a second stroke in September of 2016, resulting in increased physical and mental impairments. Carl suffered from a fall, resulting in a rehospitalization prior to arriving to Beeghly. Faced with the decision to seek skilled nursing care, Carl’s family reached out to Carol Zeigler, the Concierge, for guidance. Alongside Emily, the Director of Admissions, Carl successfully transferred to Beeghly Oaks to begin his rehabilitative journey.

Mr. Flitcraft was warmly greeted by multiple Beeghly Oaks professionals who anticipated his arrival. Within 24 hours, he was greeted by clinicians, therapists, physicians, administrative staff, and many other valued members of the team to welcome him and answer any questions that he or his family may have had. His physical therapist, Sarah, and occupational therapist, Rachelle, began his therapy program at bedside to evaluate his current state of health and mobility in conjunction with his most recent therapy/clinical notes from St. Elizabeth. Zack, Carl’s occupational therapist assistant shared Mr. Flitcraft was highly debilitated, requiring maximum assistance from staff and family to perform functional tasks.

Through occupational therapy services, Mr. Flitcraft participated in sensory integration, upper extremity strengthening, and core stability/strengthening. As a result, he was able to regain functional independence and endurance resulting in a dramatic decrease in assistance required to complete everyday activities.

Carl Flitcraft is a picture of perseverance as he continues to progress to regain prior independence, post his recent cerebrovascular accident. He came to Beeghly Oaks seeking further improvement after 28 days of limited success at another facility. Carl’s progress is demonstrative of the discipline he has conveyed to others in past occupations as a school principal, superintendent of schools, mayor of New Middletown, and a trustee until his last stroke. Upon arrival, he was not able to sit without the assistance of two people, nor was he able to stand. After the loss of valuable time, immediately post-stroke, Carl has regained enough function with his sitting and standing balance, ability to perform transfers, and lower extremity strength to allow his transition to acute rehab at Hillside; after which, he expects to return home. Dean wishes Carl and his family continued success as Carl and his faithful wife, Kitty, continue their lives.

Carl joined us at Beeghly Oaks following a severe stroke, which affected his speech and swallowing skills. When he first arrived, Carl was NPO (nothing by mouth) with all his nutrition and hydration met by way of his PEG tube and he was unable to effectively communicate with family and caregivers. Throughout his stay, Carl demonstrated determination, hopefulness, and maintained his sense of humor. His faithful and caring wife, Kitty was always at his side cheering him on and encouraging him to put in the extra effort. When Carl left us for Hillside Rehabilitation, he was eating mechanical soft foods and thin liquids for two small meals per day and had developed expressive and receptive language skills to assist him in using global communication techniques. We will truly miss him and his loving family and wish him continued success with his recovery.

In Background, Carl Flitcraft

In front left to right, Marie, Kitty, & Carlynn

Carol Zeigler, Director of Concierge Services, shared, “It has truly been my pleasure to have known this wonderful family for over 45 years. I spoke with Kitty daily and she noted how much she values everyone here at Beeghly. She also wanted to give a special thanks to Nicole Bennett for staying late to support Carl – she just shows value in the people she helps. The therapy, nursing, dietary and housekeeping departments all showed great investment in Carl and Kitty. Jeanette in Dietary always made sure Kitty had a nutritious meal. The housekeeping team always looked after Carl in keeping his space spotless. Kitty shared that she misses everyone. From my perspective, when I met Carl on October 25th, I was devastated, but relieved that he knew who I was. I looked at this wonderful man that I leaned on for guidance over the years and the man who my son chose as his hero and wrote a paper on for school. I have had the greatest pleasure watching the great progress he has made. I miss not seeing them everyday, but so grateful that he was accepted into an acute rehab. Our therapy is the best!”