Case Study: Oasis Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (April 2017)

Patients Age: 68
Admission Date:  3/8/17
Admitted From: St Elizabeth Hospital Main Campus
Discharge Date: 4/7/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 30 Days
Reason for Stay: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with Acute Exacerbation
How did this patient hear about Oasis? The Hospital Social Work Department

Details of Experience:

Day 1 of Patient’s Stay:

Ms. Delois Mick arrived to Oasis Center For Rehabilitation and Healing on March 8, 2017 from an inpatient hospital stay at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio. Ms. Mick was a 68-year-old female who had presented at the hospital with a productive cough and chest congestion that she had for three days prior and slowly worsened; she also has a history of COPD. Before entering the hospital, she had been using inhalers and nebulizers at home, but they were not controlling her symptoms. Ms Mick went into the hospital on March 4, 2017 where she was found to have acute respiratory failure secondary to chronic COPD.

After 4 days in the hospital, therapy had recommended that Ms. Delois Mick seek rehabilitation for inpatient therapy services. While at the hospital, the therapy team had evaluated her and felt that she was a fall risk and that some additional therapy would be beneficial as well. Prior to her hospital stay, she was able to ambulate with a front wheeled walker for short distances. She also had the assistance of nurse aides coming into her home 3-4 times a week to assist with activities of daily living. Therapy’s initial evaluation at the hospital took place on March 6, 2017 Ms. Mick required two people to assist with ambulation and required verbal cueing to perform tasks. The recommendation of a skilled rehabilitation center was to improve Delois’ tolerance to activity, balance and functional mobility. The hospital social worker had provided Ms. Mick with area rehabilitation centers that accepted her insurance as well as that were close to her home; Delois decided on Oasis Center. She was transferred from St Elizabeth’s Hospital on March 8, 2017.

Week’s 2-3 of Patient’s Stay:

Delois Mick was a patient here at Oasis Rehabilitation Center from March 9th to April 6, 2017 after she was admitted to the hospital for an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Delois participated in physical, Occupational and Speech therapy six days per week during her stay to build the strength and stamina she needed in order to return home.

Initially, Delois required assistance from the therapists to transfer in and out of bed and to perform basic daily needs of bathing, dressing and grooming; however, over the course of the month, Delois quickly made gains in her strength, endurance and balance, and was able to return home safely with the ability to perform these tasks without assistance!

Delois was a pleasure to work with. She always had a smile on her face and she gave her best with everything that was asked of her. The therapists here at Oasis thank her for her wonderful personality and wish her all of the best!

Within 3 Days of Patient’s Discharge:
Ms. Delois Mick was discharged home with Patriot Home Health for skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services. During a final interview with Delois, she was very pleased with her stay here in the community. Ms. Mick was very pleased with how friendly all of our staff was to her during her stay and she was very pleased with her therapy. Delois also shared that she came away from this experience at Oasis gaining some great new friendships that she built with some of the other residents and patients here in the community.

“When I first came to Oasis, I found the staff and residents to be wonderful people and very helpful. At first I didn’t want therapy but they were so very kind. The therapists explained everything to you; what each part of the therapy was for and what it would do for you. I did begin to enjoy and figured no pain, no gain and did things that I could not do before I came here.

If you have a problem, you can go to the staff and tell them and they will try to fix it for you; they are so wonderful here. They helped me and explained how to do things and I really loved that.

I am glad to go home but I will really miss the staff that made my stay here so very nice and helpful in my rehab.”

Ms. Delois Mick