Case Study: Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care (December 2017)

Patients Age: 82
Admission Date: 8/15/17
Admitted From: Home
Discharge Date: TBD
Discharged To: TBD
Length of Stay: Ongoing
Reason for Stay: Short-Term Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Heritage Center? Resident has previously been to Heritage Center and she is from the community.

Details of Experience:

Day 1 of Patient’s Stay

Ms. Dorothy Stukenborg was admitted to Heritage Center for short-term rehabilitation due to increased weakness and unsteady gait. She did have a short hospital stay before arriving to us. Ms. Stukenborg required physical therapy and occupational therapy when she was admitted. She is currently a resident with us at Heritage Center but is anticipating returning home after the first of the year.

After arriving at Heritage Center, Dorothy was greeted by our professional team. She began working with multiple staff members to gain back her strength.

Week’s 1-2 of Patient’s Stay

After 14 days at Heritage Center Dorothy returned back to Wayne Hospital due to multiple health complications that was preventing her from getting stronger. After a short 3 day inpatient hospitalization Dorothy returned to us. She identified her main goal of returning home.

When Dorothy began her therapy journey she needed extensive therapy due to her poor balance, weak gait, and bad posture. Her severe tremors prevented her from getting stronger. Her medical professionals had to fix one problem before we could help fix her other issues. Therapy quickly identified her issues and began working with her on her strength and endurance. She worked on her upper and lower extremity strength, mobility
training and high level balance. Since she was returning home, therapy needed to make sure she could complete her activities of daily living.

Week’s 2-3 of Patient’s Stay

With Dorothy’s continued progress she completed a home study to evaluate how well she would do after returning home. Most of her home was already accessible. Since there were only two steps to enter her home and consisted of an open floor plan and no clutter. She had a lift chair, life alert, and her bathroom was easy to access. She will be having a caregiver coming in every day to help around the house and with cooking. She only had one challenge, which was that her walker could not fit in her walk in closet. With this obstacle our Therapy Department is going to help her find a different one!

As of today, Dorothy is still continuing with therapy to get stronger. She is eagerly awaiting her return home. “It’s so nice to be here and know I’m taken care of. I can focus my attention on my therapy to get stronger. I couldn’t have asked for a better place.” Heritage Center is thrilled for Dorothy and the progress she has made. “The staff is so kind, they made me feel right at home.” Heritage Center wishes Dorothy the best of luck in her future endeavors.