Case Study: Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (February 2018)

Patients Age: 90
Admission Date: 1/3/18
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date: 2/22/185
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 49 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Lives locally

Details of Experience:

Dorothy is a bright, enjoyable 90-year-old woman who was admitted to Platinum Ridge after a prolonged hospitalization for acute hypoxemic and hypercarbic respiratory failure secondary to pneumonia. When Dorothy initially came to Platinum Ridge she was very confused and the slightest mobility like sitting up in bed was difficult and caused her to have shortness of breath.

Dorothy was very independent prior to her admission and her wish was to return to her home when she was able to. She was independent with ambulation in her home with the use of her cane and was able to go up and down her steps to the bathroom and bedroom as well as to the basement where her laundry was. She completed laundry and light meal prep. Dorothy has a niece that lives close by who helps with cleaning and grocery shopping.

When arriving at Platinum Ridge she was very lethargic and short of breath with all activity. She required hands on assist for transfers and walking with a wheeled walker up to 15 feet. She needed set-up for grooming, hygiene, and upper body bathing. She needed minimum assist with lower body bathing, toilet transfers and upper and lower body dressing.

Dorothy was very motivated to participate as she wanted to return home, but she had a lot of hard work ahead of her because of her very poor endurance and fatigue. Slowly and with many rest breaks, she was able to participate with exercises using weights and was able to work on her endurance using arm and leg bike, which improved her breathing and lessened her shortness of breath. She completed gait and transfer training as well as stair training to work on being able to go up and down stairs as she did at home.

Dorothy persevered through therapy and made great gains. She was discharged back to her house independently with the use of a wheeled walker. Her niece lives close by to check on her as needed. She will receive home therapy services. Dorothy was a stellar example of how hard work and determination can get you what you want. Way to go, Dorothy! We wish you the best!