Patients Age: 47
Admission Date: 6/20/17
Admitted From: Wilson Health
Discharge Date: 7/21/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 31 Days
Reason for Stay: Short Term Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Heritage Center? Resident lives outside of Minster city limits, but is aware of the community’s location.
Details of Experience:
Day 1 of Patient’s Stay:
Ms. Denise Droesch was admitted on June 20th 2017 from Wilson Health. She was here for a short-term rehabilitation stay due to Cellulitis in her right leg. Denise’s stay lasted a successful 31 days with intense physical and occupational therapy. She had generalized weakness in both legs keeping her from returning home and completing her activities of daily living independently. .
When Denise arrived, she met with our interdisciplinary team to help achieve her goals while she was staying with us. She wanted to gain the confidence needed to return home with her family.
Upon arrival, she was sore and had intense pain in her legs. She didn’t know how soon she could return home. To address her pain, she continued to take her antibiotics and pain medication to make it through her day. The following day, she was placed in physical and occupational therapy to begin rebuilding her leg strength. She was eager to get started as she knew that was the only way she was going to be able to return home.
Week’s 1-2 of Patient’s Stay:
When Denise first arrived and began therapy she could hardly bear weight on her own two legs. She could only walk ten feet with a wheeled walker. Since she never used an assisted walking device she had to learn how to use and function with it. She also had difficulty maneuvering the walker when she began. Physical therapy began general strengthening exercises to increase leg stability. They used an omnicycle to promote decreased edema. Occupational therapy began using maximum assist with transfers with her because she couldn’t tolerate much pain when standing on both legs; she was a moderate assist with her upper body strength.
Week’s 2-3 of Patient’s Stay:
Before coming to Heritage Center Denise worked with a local janitorial company. She also works for “We Can Too, LLC”, which is an opportunity center in St. Marys Ohio. She was eager to get her strength back and return to work as well as her other activities in the community. Denise worked hard day in and day out so she could return to work. She continued to work with her strengthening exercises to get the strength back in her legs. At this point she was able to walk 250-500 feet without a walker present and just a standby assist from therapists and staff. “I’m so thankful for the therapy department and staff as they have all helped me get the strength back I needed. I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of them.” She completed a home evaluation with her brother and therapist present. She worked with therapy using the steps to get into her home with no side rails. She had to work on bending over to access bottom drawers in the kitchen and bedroom. The biggest challenge she found was getting her legs in and out of the bathtub. With these challenges she came back to Heritage Center to continue gaining her strength and work on these tasks to make her return home even safer!
Within 3 Days of Patient’s Discharge:
Denise was discharged on July 21, 2017 to return home with her family. After spending 31 days with us here at Heritage Center, Denise was able to walk over 500 feet with no walker and supervision assist. She is eager to get back to work and continue with her everyday life. She will be continuing outpatient services offered here at Heritage Center to gain the confidence she needs to return home and the community. “Everyone is so nice here. I look forward to coming back and seeing them all.” Team Heritage is happy to see Denise return home. She has made such remarkable progress in the short time she was here at Heritage Center and we hope she continues to make big strides after returning home.