December 2022 Case Study   

Patient Name: McNeil, Kevin

Patient Age: 59

Admissions Date: 10/20/2022  

Admitted from: Stony Brook University Hospital

Discharge Date: 12/29/2022 

Length of Stay: 70 Days   

Reason for Stay: Encounter for Orthopedic aftercare following Surgical Amputation

How did this patient hear about The Hamlet Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center?    Social Worker at Stony Brook University Hospital because of our early ambulation program. 


Details of experience:   

On 10/10/2022, Kevin was admitted to Stony Brook University Hospital with an admitting diagnosis of Encounter for Orthopedic Aftercare Following Surgical Amputation. This is the treatment to begin the healing process and rehabilitation of a left below-knee amputation (BKA), resulting in an overall decline in function. He came to our community for rehabilitation to increase lower extremity (LE) strength, increasing functional activity tolerance, and become independent with all functional mobility to enhance his quality of life by improving his ability to return to a prior level of functional abilities.  

Upon arrival, Kevin was greeted by Hamlet’s interdisciplinary team, which includes Nursing, Concierge, Social Work, Recreation, and Rehabilitation. Kevin was evaluated by Allan Raymundo, Physical Therapist, along with Melissa Pelaez, Occupational Therapist. Shortly after his arrival, Kevin met Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler, Paralympic Gold Medalists who have mentored over 20,000 amputees worldwide and are devotees of the CareRite Amputation Rehabilitation Program.   

He required rehabilitation services to strengthen and increase functional activity tolerance, functional transfer/mobility, and improve dynamic balance. Upon evaluation, Kevin was totally dependent for all Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Kevin worked extremely hard not only with our rehabilitation team but in the Amputee Walking School program, which is an in-house program that builds off everything that the amputee learns going through their rehabilitation in our CareRite communities. His baseline goals were met after 2 months, where he progressed from total dependence to moderate assist (MOD (A)). He was able to safely ambulate on level surface 125 feet using Bariatric Rolling Walker with MOD (A) and with a left (L) prosthesis. 

Kevin achieved his goals after two months of rehabilitation services and working hard in the Amputee Walking School program. He focused past the struggles he came across, from the healing process of his BKA to then using our early ambulation device, which took him to the next level of his life skill goals. The ambulation device helped Kevin meet his goals while he waited for his prosthesis to be made. He was discharged with a distance level of 125 feet with a prosthesis using a Rolling Walker and safely performed bed mobility tasks and functional transfers with MOD (A). He was to perform upper body dressing, bathing, and personal hygiene. 

Social Work assisted with Kevin’s discharge back home with friends. Kevin was extremely grateful to the entire team at The Hamlet. The team at The Hamlet wishes Kevin much success in his continued healthcare journey.