Patients Age: 74-years-old
Admission Date: 05/28/2018
Admitted From: Bethesda Hospital
Discharge Date: 07/31/2018
Discharged To: Brookdale Assisted Living
Length Of Stay: 62 Days
Reason For Stay: Atrial Flutter
How did this patient hear about The Encore: Daughter shared about it

Details of experience:

Mr. Stephen Frazier arrived at The Encore after discharging from Bethesda Hospital where he had moderate to maximal assist for all of his activities of daily living (ADL’s). He was extremely weak, was in a lot of pain, and was NPO (unable to consume food or drink by mouth). It appeared from previous test results that Mr. Frazier would be unable to ever eat by mouth again. Mr. Frazier was extremely depressed about his condition. Aside from being extremely frustrated and anxious about his poor swallowing, he was also the caregiver for his wife prior to his hospitalization. Despite being on edge, he was very determined to get better and return home.

Due to Mr. Frazier’s motivation and the help from his physical, occupational and speech therapists, within just a few weeks he had increased bed mobility and was starting to be able to stand for slightly longer periods of time. His speech therapist, Julie Levy, was working with him on an oral motor and hyolaryngeal elevation exercises, and he had progressed from NPO to puree and honey thick liquid within a very short time.

Around a week later, Mr. Frazier’s mood had begun to change. Although he wasn’t thrilled, he had started to have more hope and was getting less depressed due to his progress. He was unable to walk a long distance with his walker but was still very determined.

With a little more time, Mr. Frazier was walking longer distances while at the same time was trialing one mechanical soft meal a day! At this point, Mr. Frazier’s mood had improved tremendously. Mr. Frazier would often say how appreciative he was of his therapists’ help and how they would go above and beyond to make him comfortable along with his aide, Stacy Anna, whom he loved very much.

Only a few weeks later, Mr. Frazier was walking over 300 feet and was wearing a green band which meant he’d be able to eat small amounts of regular foods!
On July 31st, 2018, when Mr. Frazier was discharged, he was performing ADL’s regularly with modified independence. Mr. Frazier had left The Encore to return back to Brookdale Assisted Living to be with his wife. We wish him and his wife only the best from The Encore.