Community Exercise Class at Heritage Center!

Join your friends & neighbors at Heritage Center for a Community Exercise Class!  Hosted every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., join us to enjoy a progressive program of flexibility and strength led by our very own Director of Rehabilitation, Joann Szippl.  It’s not too late to reserve your spot: 419-628-2396

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Case Study: Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care (August 2017)

Patients Age: 76
Admission Date: 8/9/17
Admitted From: Home
Discharge Date:
Discharged To: Long-Term Care
Length of Stay: Ongoing
Reason for Stay: History of falls
How did this patient hear about Heritage Center? Resident is from the area and is aware of Heritage Center. His children also recommended Heritage Center to him for extended care.

Details of Experience:

Mr. Richard Ihle was admitted to Heritage Center with his wife approximately one year ago; they currently reside here at the community together. Richard has a history of falls with a decrease in independence. Considering his history, his family decided that it would be in the best interest for Richard to reside at Heritage Center for clinical support. Richard was unable to independently care for himself and required therapy to regain his strength and endurance. With his decline, he needed assistance to return to his feet. Richard was also battling other health concerns. The Heritage Center interdisciplinary team this created a comprehensive plan of care to best support Richard and his wellbeing.

Richard experiencing fluctuations with his health over the course of the past 3-4 months. He suffered many setbacks with himself and with his family. Some days he wondered how he was going to continue. He made significant progress and would always return to where he began. Richard’s last setback took place in early July. The professional team here at Heritage Center were tasked with the challenge to return himself to his prior level of functioning.

After a short hospitalization, Richard returned to us with a decline in mobility and independence due to an acute illness. He received physical and occupational therapy orders for five weeks to regain strength. Richard also required assistance with his mobility for fear that he would fall again. With wonderful motivation techniques from our therapy department, Richard has progressed remarkably. He had gained confidence to help him with his ambulation, balance and activities of daily living.

We here at Heritage Center hope Richard continues making progress from day-today. With continued motivation from all professionals here at Heritage Center, we wish him the best in his recovery.

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Heritage Center Carnival

Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care was excited to host over 400 attendees to their annual Summer carnival this past weekend! There were fun games, Deb’s hotdogs, and a lot of fun for the whole family to enjoy! Thank you to those who joined us and made the day even that more special!

Case Study: Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care (July 2017)

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.

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Case Study: Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care (June 2017)

Patients Age: 87
Admission Date: 4/20/17
Admitted From: Mercer County Community Hospital
Discharge Date: 6/14/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 55 Days
Reason for Stay: Short Term Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Heritage Center? Mr. Heuker lives in Minster and is familiar with the community. He was previously here three years ago for a knee replacement.

Details of Experience:

Mr. Heuker was admitted to Heritage Center Rehabilitation and Specialty Care on May 20th, 2017 from Mercer County Community Hospital for a short-term rehabilitation stay due to a fractured right femur. Prior to his hospitalization, Harold could walk, dress, and shower independently. At the time of his admission, Mr. Heuker was assessed by the clinical staff. As noted from nursing, Mr. Heuker had presented with decreased strength, endurance, and an overall decline in functional mobility of all activities of daily living. The following day he had orders for physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Harold was placed on all three therapy disciplines the following day to help increase his mobility and overall functioning. He attended morning and afternoon sessions five times a week. Before beginning therapy he was unable to walk at all, and was to be non-weight bearing for six weeks. At first, he built up his upper and lower body strength to resemble his past conditioning. He learned how to transfer with his opposite leg because he was determined to get home as soon as possible. “Therapy has been painful but I notice changes in my strength and mobility everyday. I can really tell I’m getting stronger.”

A home evaluation was set-up to establish a safe environment for him to return to. His largest obstacle were the three steps he had to conquer before entering his home. His family was able to make the modifications needed for him to transfer inside his home for a safe return.

While Harold was at Heritage, he and his wife attended many recreation programs to pass the time including that of: rosary, music, cards and even bingo! Prior to arriving to Heritage, Harold and his wife attended our community bingo event on the second Tuesday of every month. While he was here with us he even managed to attend the event as a patient! “We love coming to community bingo, it makes us feel as if we are still home and part of the community,” shared Harold.

Over the course of his stay, Harold was finally discharged on June 14, 2017 after intense therapy sessions and an excellent clinical care. “I couldn’t imagine spending my days anywhere else. Everyone was so eager and happy to help me along this journey.” We wish nothing but the best for Mr. Heuker in the future and it was a pleasure for Heritage Center to be able to serve him in his time of need.

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Case Study: Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care (May 2017)

Patients Age: 70
Admission Date: 5/4/17
Admitted From: Wilson Memorial Health System
Discharge Date: 5/11/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 7 Days
Reason for Stay: Short Term Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Heritage Center? Mrs. O’ Reilly lives in Minster and is familiar with the community. She was here previously for a short term rehabilitation stay in early February.

Details of Experience:

Day 1 of Patient’s Stay:

Mrs. O’Reilly was admitted on May 4, 2017 for a short term rehabilitation stay after a left hip replacement. This was her second time staying with us as she was previously a patient at Heritage in early February 2017 after a right total hip replacement due to osteoarthritis. She had increased muscle weakness and required intense rehabilitation to complete her activities of daily living.

Linda was placed on physical therapy and occupational therapy while she was here to help regain strength and functional mobility. She chose Heritage Center the second time because of her huge success from her previous hip replacement back in February. With hard work and perseverance, she returned home within just one week of arriving!

Linda arrived in the early evening by Wilson Health transportation and was greeted by the nursing staff on duty. The following day she met with many directors of our professional team to address any questions she or her family had. With her first stay already under her belt, this time around was, “a walk in the park”, she shared.

Week’s 1-2 of Patient’s Stay:

Linda progressed well with her intense physical and occupational therapy during her stay. She only received six PT visits and four OT visits the week she was at Heritage Center. During her first visit she used a standard walker and was only able to ambulate 100 feet. By the end of her week stay, she had progressed to a front wheeled walker and was ambulating over 300 feet. Her physical therapy visits consisted of intense stair climbing to allow safe access to her home. Occupational therapy then evaluated her the following day and she still required some assist with hygiene and dressing. Upon discharge on May 11th, she was completely independent and could complete all activities of daily living and was able to return home with her husband! Congratulations, Linda!

Within 3 days of Patient’s Discharge:

Linda was discharged May 11 after being here for only 7 days. She was very pleased with her stay and the rehabilitation she received here at Heritage Center. “Everything has been wonderful with my stay here at Heritage, for the 2nd time now” she stated. “I can’t thank everyone enough for all the kind words of encouragement while I was here, I’m forever grateful that Heritage Center got me back on my feet as quickly as they did.”

Heritage Center wishes nothing but the best for you after your return home. We are glad you chose Heritage Center for your rehabilitation services during your time of need.

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Heritage Center 40th Anniversary Event

Heritage Center was proud to host their 40th Anniversary soiree on Tuesday, July 11th! In celebration of 40 Years of delivering excellent care, Heritage Center welcomed the community for an evening of casino fun! A delicious dinner was served in addition to fun prizes! Thank you to all who joined us in making this night of celebration so memorable!

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The gift of Giving: Easter at Heritage Center

Heritage Center was delighted to welcome a group of students from St. Augustine’s Catholic Church who gifted beautiful baskets and sang to our community residents and staff for Easter.

For Lent, each grade brought in an item for the basket, and the students were excited to give back to our community.

A couple of our residents shared the following after receiving their very own basket from the students:

“My basket was nice–a little bit of everything in it.”

“They are awesome and I loved it!”

It was a great day enjoyed by all!

 

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Case Study: Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care (February 2017)

Patients Age: 69
Admission Date: 2/2/17
Admitted From: Wilson Memorial Health System
Discharge Date: 2/10/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 8 Days
Reason for Stay: Short Term Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Heritage Center? Wilson Memorial Hospital referred her to Heritage Center. She also lives in the Minster area and is familiar with community.

Details of Experience:

Day 1 of Patient’s Stay:

Mrs. O’Reilly arrived at Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care on February 2, 2017 from an acute care hospitalization postoperative stay at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio. Mrs. O’Reilly’s elective surgery for a right total hip replacement was primarily caused by osteoarthritis of the right hip. She had been experiencing difficulty walking and generalized muscle weakness.

After a successful procedure, Mrs. O’Reilly was told she would need inpatient rehabilitation to build her strength and increase her range of motion. She was referred to Heritage Center by Wilson Health’s Social Services Department for her recovery. O’Reilly knew of the tradition of excellent care and rehabilitation at Heritage and was comfortable with the transition.

When she arrived she was greeted by the Admissions Director and taken to her room. Within the first 24 hours she was greeted by many members of our professional team at Heritage Center to welcome her and answer any questions that she or her family may have had after arriving at the community. She was also assessed by physical and occupational Therapy to evaluate her current level of function and begin the rehabilitation process.

Week’s 1-2 of Patient’s Stay

In the following week of admission, O’Reilly continued to progress with the therapy department. Physical therapy was provided in order to enhance balance and gait abilities to reduce the risk for falls. Occupational therapy provided skills to increase independence with activities of daily living skills, which were developed and instructed in exercise programs and facilitated dynamic standing balance in order to enhance her strength to return home. ( Trista Johnson, Occupational Therapist)

Within 3 days of Patient’s Discharge

O’Reilly commented that she would recommend Heritage Center to her family and friends. “The therapy department encouraged me to work hard and kept me going to make progress each day.” She explained that she was very satisfied with the care and service she received at Heritage Center and will return after her left hip replacement. “I would like to thank everyone at Heritage Center for doing such a great job.”

Heritage Center would like to Congratulate Mrs. O’Reilly on returning home after a short eight days. We are proud of you and happy to have assisted you back home!

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Case Study: Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care (January 2017)

Patients Age: 67
Admission Date: 1/19/16
Admitted From: Lima Memorial Health Systems
Discharge Date: TBD
Discharged To: TBD
Length of Stay: 12 Days
Reason for Stay: Returned for Rehabilitation after back surgery.
How did this patient hear about Heritage Center? Previous resident in 2015. She was also a patient prior to her surgery.

Details of Experience:

Patient was re-admitted on 1-19-17, to Heritage Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Care from an acute care hospital stay, after having back surgery. She returned to Heritage Center for her follow up rehabilitation. Prior to her surgery, she was an admitted patient at Heritage Center for strength building and procedural preparation. Her goals were to gain strength and stamina for a full and productive recovery.

As of late, physical therapy is going very well and it has been a pleasure to see her doing so well, so soon after major back surgery. She is capable of ambulating with her walker and always presents in good spirits. She has a positive outlook and determination to continue to improve each day so she can return home. When she is visit by the team she always offers a word of encouragement and provides positive feedback on the great job that the entire Heritage team is doing and the great care she is received thus far!

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