Case Study: Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (November 2017)

Patients Age: 91
Admission Date: 11/13/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date:  11/26/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehab/Falls
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Lives in the Community

Details of Experience:

Dorothy was a lovely 91-year-old female who was admitted to Allegheny Valley Hospital due to a fall out of bed at home. She stated her foot got tangled in the sheets and she fell to the floor, unable to get up on her own. Her nephew found her the next day on the floor and called 911. Thankfully, Dorothy did not sustain any broken bones, but she did have several abrasions and bruises with increased left knee pain. Dorothy was transferred to Platinum Ridge Rehab for therapy services with the goal to return home to her apartment.

Dorothy was very independent prior to her admission and her wish was to return to her apartment when she was able. She was independent with mobility in her apartment with use of a cane and was able to complete her own laundry by pushing a cart down the end of her hall. She was also able to complete showering and cooking own her own. Her niece and nephew completed the cleaning and grocery shopping for her.

Upon her evaluation here, Dorothy required “Min. A” (25% assist from a therapist) for transfers and ambulation using a wheeled walker, only able to walk 15 feet upon evaluation. She required “Mod. A” (50% assist from therapists) to transfer out of bed. She also had pain in her left knee rated at 8/10 at this time. She was able to complete upper body dressing with supervision. Dorothy was dependent with ADLS due to decreased balance, pain when standing, and performing dynamic tasks.

She was very motivated to participate as she wanted to return home, and she was able to follow through with the program well. Dorothy always looked forward to our daily visits; she always had a smile on her face. She completed strengthening in her arms and legs to increase her ability to ambulate further as well as to complete transfers with decreased assist. She endured balance training to challenge her stability inside and outside her base of support to increase her righting reactions and decrease her risk for falls. Dorothy also completed training such as cooking and simulated laundry management to work toward her return to home at her prior level. She also received electrical stimulation to her left knee, which decreased her pain from 8/10 to a 2/10 at discharge.

Dorothy completed her therapy program with flying colors. Upon her discharge, she was able to complete all transfers, toileting and dressing. She was able to walk with a wheeled walker 400’ and ascend and descend 12 steps with bilateral rails. She stated that her wheeled walker gave her a feeling of safety.

Dorothy was discharged back to her apartment independently. She was also scheduled to receive home therapy services. Dorothy was a stellar example of how hard work and perseverance can get you what you want. Way to go, Dorothy! We wish you the best!