Case Study: Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing

Case Study
Community Name: Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing
Patient’s Age: 30
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 75 days
Reason for Stay: Physical therapy and Rehabilitation following a vehicular accident
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Hill Center?
This Patient heard of the facility through a team of caseworkers at UPMC Presby Hospital.

Details of Experience:
Patient arrived to Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing late afternoon of August 8, 2014.
At her time of admission the patient was immobile and suffered from immensely high levels of pain due to multiple fractures and wounds throughout her body; the result of a severe vehicular accident.
A highly trained in-house team of both skilled Physical and Occupational therapists met with the patient within twenty-four hours of her admission to the facility. Following a series of in depth evaluations an individually adapted rehabilitation plan was created.
Before rehabilitation could begin, the facilities 24 hour nursing staff tended to the multiple wounds which the patient had sustained as a result of her vehicular accident. Time was then given for all wounds to begin the healing process before physical therapy could fully initiate. Techniques utilizing Diathermy, hot/cold packs, nutrient supplements, splints, and electronic stimulation served to expedite this healing process.
Once all wounds had healed considerably therapists began addressing the patient’s short term goals, which included working on transfers from bed to wheelchair, completion of wheelchair mobility tasks, and practice of safe ambulation with crutches following successful mastering of the previously noted.
Along with all exercises performed with the physical therapy team (including rolls, transfers, leg lifts, walking, and practice of balance) the patient worked alongside the facility’s Occupational therapy team, mastering successful completion of basic skills which would be vital to possess for a successful discharge to home. These skills mastered included food preparation, laundering of clothing, dressing, toileting, tub balancing, and bathing with and without usage of assistive devices.
After just 2 and ½ months of intensive rehabilitation, the patient’s hard work, dedication, and perseverance paid off. She was given the ok to return home…reNEWed…revitalized….fully healed.
She was now able to walk without assistance from crutch or wheelchair.
This successful journey of rehabilitation would not have been possible without the Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Nurses of Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing.
*Patient gave consent for her story to be shared with staff, fellow residents, and any interested party.