Case Study: Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (December 2017)

Patients Age: 74
Admission Date: 12/01/17
Admitted From: UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital
Discharge Date: 12/11/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 11 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehab/ right knee replacement
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Previous Resident for Rehab

Details of Experience:

Charles “Chuck” was a humorous, lighthearted 74-year-old gentleman that returned to us after having an elective total knee replacement on his right leg. Chuck was here over a year ago after having his left knee replaced and decided he would like to grace us with his presence again. Upon evaluation, Chuck needed a lot of assistance do to knee pain rated at 4/10 as well as increased swelling and weakness do to the recent surgery. Chuck required Moderate Assist (50% assist needed by the therapist) with bed mobility due to weakness and swelling in the right leg. He required Min. assist (required 25% assist from therapist) with an antalgic step to gait pattern. He was unable to attempt steps at this time and that placed him at high risk for falls. Chuck required set-up assist for upper body dressing and grooming and Max. assist for lower body dressing do to increased pain, swelling, and decreased knee flexion from recent surgery.

Chuck had a wheeled walker and cane at home from his previous knee replacement, but was independent with transfers, ambulation without a device, and was able to complete all IADLs independently prior to surgery. Chuck is an active, social guy and his goal was to return to his prior level with use of a device only until his right knee was healed.

Chuck was very motivated and active in his plan of care while at Platinum Ridge for therapy. He completed transfer, gait, and stair training with physical therapy as well as worked on strengthening and flexion of the right knee. He was able to use up to 3 lb. weights for strengthening as well as began working on standing exercises to increase strength, balance and endurance.

Chuck surpassed his expectations while completing his inpatient stay at Platinum Ridge. Chuck’s range of motion increased to 100 degrees of flexion. Chuck was able to complete his therapy in less than 2 weeks and was discharged home by choice using a wheeled walker at this time do to his leg still swollen. He was set up with home health services to continue on his path to healing and to work towards his prior level and he stated he does not have the pain in his right knee anymore! We wish you the best of luck Chuck! You are on your way to truly enjoy your Golden Years!