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

Patients Age: 76
Admission Date: 6/6/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date:  7/8/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 32 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Hospital referral

Details of Experience:

Della was a pleasant, kind-hearted 76-year-old female who came to Platinum Ridge after sustaining a fall at home. She stated she was making her bed and tripped over her cane; thankfully she did not have any fractures, but she did complain of back and hip pain as well as leg weakness. Della was concerned about returning home because she had fallen a few times in the past and was worried she was going to break a bone. She was also undergoing radiation treatment for cancer in her spine at this time as well, and the weakness in her legs was concerning to her.

Della was very independent prior to her stay here at Platinum Ridge. She lived alone in a mobile home with a ramp to enter. Della shared she was able to walk within her mobile home with her wheeled walker as well as her cane at times. She stated she completed cooking, cleaning, and laundry when she was able to and that her sister and cousin were doing her shopping for her.

Upon evaluation by physical therapy, Della required stand by assist (patient requires no physical assist but close supervision) for bed mobility. She required Min.A(resident requires 25% assist) for transfers, sit-to-stand, stand turn pivot and to walk hand held assist 10’ around the bed. Her pain was rated at an 8/10.

Della required supervision with upper body dressing and set-up for upper body bathing, but also required assist with lower body washing and dressing. She needed total assist with personal hygiene and was unable to attempt ADL’s (Activities of daily living) due to increased pain and fear of falling.

Della was a hard worker. She endured radiation for the first five days when she began her therapy at Platinum Ridge and even when she wasn’t feeling well from it’s side effects, she tried to do what she could as her goal was to return home. Della completed exercises to increase her strength in both her arms and legs, which helped increase her ability to complete transfers and to be able to walk further with less assistance. She participated in transfer training as well as learning to take rest breaks when not feeling well. Della was able to work on dressing and bathing with the use of special equipment to make the task easier. She gained the strength and confidence to do ADL’S on her own.

Della completed her physical and occupational therapy programs with flying colors! Upon discharge, Della was independent with transfers, walking with a wheeled walker up to 90’, dressing, bathing,toileting and functional mobility. Still with the fear of falling, she learned to take breaks for resting. She was educated on conservation of energy techniques and to sit when tired, or to complete the task at a seated level.

Della was able to discharge home alone with the use of her wheeled walker. Her sister and cousin were able to assist her with her transfer home. Della shared she felt more confident now with her mobility and is happy to be returning home. We wish you the best of luck, Della!