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

Patients Age: 82
Admission Date: 9/19/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date:  10/9/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 21 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehab/Falls
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Was a previous rehab patient

Details of Experience:

Norma is a lovely and pleasant 82-year-old female that has been to Platinum Ridge in the past for rehabilitation. She was readmitted here after sustaining head trauma with a laceration after falling at home. She shared that she went to get up and felt dizzy then fell to the floor. Thankfully, Norma only sustained the laceration to the head and no fractures.

Norma was very independent prior to her admission and was very adamant that she wanted to return to that level. Her and her husband, Dan, enjoyed going out to dinner and being out in the community, getting her independence back was very important to them both. Dan loved to attend the summer weekly BBQ’s here at Platinum Ridge hosted by the Concierge. Even when Norma was not able to attend, he made sure he joined to enjoy the festivities.

Norma required moderate assist (resident needing 50% assist from therapist) for transfers, sit to stand and turn pivot transfers due to loss of balance. She required minimum assist (25% assist from therapist) for bed mobility. She was totally dependent for lower body dressing and toileting. Norma was able to take a few steps (5 feet) with a wheeled walker, but needed assistance to maintain balance and advance the wheeled walker safely.

Norma was very motivated to participate as she wanted to return home, and she was able to follow through with the rehabilitation program very well. She completed strengthening in her arms and legs up to three lbs to increase her ability to ambulate further distances with decreased assist as well as complete transfers with decreased assist. While in therapy, she also participated in stair training to simulate her home and community environment. Norma gained the ability to advance to a standard cane. She endured balance training to challenge her stability inside and outside her base of support to increase fighting reactions and decrease her risk for falls. She also completed activity of daily living training such as cooking and simulated laundry management to work towards her goal of returning home.

Norma’s daily performance and attendance in therapy was stellar. She completed the program and was able to meet her goals in a timely manner. Upon her discharge, she was able to complete all transfers, toileting, dressing, and ADL’s. She was able to walk with a cane up to 350’ and ascend/descend 12 steps with bilateral hand rails.

When returning to her room each day, the look of happiness on her face gleamed with excitement as she knew she had met her goals that she had set. She always looked forward to our daily visits and to relay what she had accomplished. Dan visited daily and was very happy that she would be coming home soon. He was also a rehabilitation patient before and was so excited about the remodeling being done here at Platinum Ridge. Norma was discharged home with her husband independently with a use of a cane. She was scheduled to receive home therapy services. Norma exemplified how hard work and perseverance can get you what you want. Way to go, Norma! We all wish you all the best!