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

Patients Age: 98
Admission Date: 3/20/18
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date: 3/27/185
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 7 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Son toured community

Details of Experience:

Thad was a delightful gentleman who came to Platinum Ridge after recurrent nausea and vomiting. After being diagnosed with a duodenal mass, he was brought to Platinum Ridge for therapy services prior to his discharge home. Upon admission, Thad was in relatively good shape, only needing Min Assist (therapist providing 25% assist) for transfers and to ambulate with a walker 20 feet. He required only supervision for toileting and dressing. On evaluation he scored 6/28 on Tinnetti, which placed him in the high risk for falls category.

Thad was determined to get better and return home with his son, Michael. He was very agreeable to therapy and never missed a session. Thad was very attentive when in therapy, wanting to do all he could to get better and go home as soon as possible. He knew that through hard work and dedication, he will soon return home.

With his eyes on the prize, Thad completed his therapy stay without any problems. His hard work made him strong. He was able to complete transfers with distant supervision at the time of his discharge, also he was able to complete his ADL’s with distant supervision!

Thad was a pleasure to have here with us, always in a positive mood and interesting to talk to. He was discharged to his home with his son who is with him all the time to assist him. It is an honor to be able to get our patients back on track, and on their way home. We wish you the best, Thad!

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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!

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

Patients Age: 60
Admission Date: 1/3/18
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date: 1/12/185
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 10 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehab/ Ascites
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? The hospital discharge team

Details of Experience:

George was a cheerful, uplifting, gentleman that came to Platinum Ridge Rehab for therapy services after a stay at the hospital with ascites (swelling of abdomen due to liver disease). George also had severe swelling in both legs of which impeded his ability to walk and get out of bed on his own.

Upon evaluation, George needed Moderate assist (50% assist) to get out of bed due to increased swelling and pain in his legs. He required Stand-by assist (not physically touching, standing close by for safety) as well as for pivot transfers and walking up to 15 feet with a wheeled walker. He was unable to complete steps at the time. George was distant supervision for eating, hygiene, toileting, upper body dressing. He was Min. Assist (requires 25% from
therapist) for lower body dressing and meal prep due to swelling and fatigue with mobility at this time. George was a high risk for falls.

George was very motivated to get better and return home with his daughter with hopes to get his own apartment in the near future. He worked very hard in both Physical and Occupational therapy with weight training, transfer and gait training, as well as activities of daily living to be able to return home and care for himself. He worked on endurance and balance training to increase his ability to walk further distances with decreased assist as well as
simulated IADLs in the kitchen for increased independence with tasks.

George did wonderful while at Platinum Ridge for therapy. At discharge he will be able to walk up to 300 feet with a wheeled walker as well as be able to ascend/descend 12 steps with a handrail. He was also able to do all hygiene, toilet transfers, upper and lower body dressing, and meal prep at time of discharge.

George is the prime example of what motivation and determination can do to help you achieve your goals. He surpassed his expectations while completing his inpatient stay at Platinum Ridge. He was set up with home health services to continue on his path to healing and to work towards his goal of getting his own place. We wish you the best of luck George!

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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!

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

Patients Age: 91
Admission Date: 11/13/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date:  11/26/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehab/Falls
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Lives in the Community

Details of Experience:

Dorothy was a lovely 91-year-old female who was admitted to Allegheny Valley Hospital due to a fall out of bed at home. She stated her foot got tangled in the sheets and she fell to the floor, unable to get up on her own. Her nephew found her the next day on the floor and called 911. Thankfully, Dorothy did not sustain any broken bones, but she did have several abrasions and bruises with increased left knee pain. Dorothy was transferred to Platinum Ridge Rehab for therapy services with the goal to return home to her apartment.

Dorothy was very independent prior to her admission and her wish was to return to her apartment when she was able. She was independent with mobility in her apartment with use of a cane and was able to complete her own laundry by pushing a cart down the end of her hall. She was also able to complete showering and cooking own her own. Her niece and nephew completed the cleaning and grocery shopping for her.

Upon her evaluation here, Dorothy required “Min. A” (25% assist from a therapist) for transfers and ambulation using a wheeled walker, only able to walk 15 feet upon evaluation. She required “Mod. A” (50% assist from therapists) to transfer out of bed. She also had pain in her left knee rated at 8/10 at this time. She was able to complete upper body dressing with supervision. Dorothy was dependent with ADLS due to decreased balance, pain when standing, and performing dynamic tasks.

She was very motivated to participate as she wanted to return home, and she was able to follow through with the program well. Dorothy always looked forward to our daily visits; she always had a smile on her face. She completed strengthening in her arms and legs to increase her ability to ambulate further as well as to complete transfers with decreased assist. She endured balance training to challenge her stability inside and outside her base of support to increase her righting reactions and decrease her risk for falls. Dorothy also completed training such as cooking and simulated laundry management to work toward her return to home at her prior level. She also received electrical stimulation to her left knee, which decreased her pain from 8/10 to a 2/10 at discharge.

Dorothy completed her therapy program with flying colors. Upon her discharge, she was able to complete all transfers, toileting and dressing. She was able to walk with a wheeled walker 400’ and ascend and descend 12 steps with bilateral rails. She stated that her wheeled walker gave her a feeling of safety.

Dorothy was discharged back to her apartment independently. She was also scheduled to receive home therapy services. Dorothy was a stellar example of how hard work and perseverance can get you what you want. Way to go, Dorothy! We wish you the best!

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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!

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

Patients Age: 93
Admission Date: 8/28/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date:  9/15/17
Discharged To: Assisted Living Facility
Length of Stay: 19 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehab/frequent falls
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Lives in the Community

Details of Experience:

Rose is a delightful 93-years-young woman who came to Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing after she sustained a fall at home. From the time Rose entered the door she was a gem to have as she was very positive and happy to receive the help she needed to move forward. Thankfully, Rose did not sustain any broken bones from her fall, but she did have increased knee pain and decreased mobility upon evaluation. Rose required “min assist” (therapist providing 25% assist) with transfers sit-to-stand, but only supervision with bed mobility. Rose was also only able to walk with a wheeled walker 15 feet requiring min assist. Upon daily visits from the concierge department, Rose often spoke of her children and grandchildren, never focusing on the pain that she was having in her legs. Rose did, however, require max assist (75% assist) for toileting, but min assist with toilet transfers.

Rose was always positive and determined to get better and return home. She was always very cheerful when staff would visit her, she’d often share her life stories while having a snack offered from the community snack cart. She was very agreeable to therapy and never missed a session. Rose did share that her family was worried about her returning home alone since she had experienced falls recently.

During her time in therapy, Rose received therapeutic electrical stimulation to both knees to decrease her pain and allow her to be able to complete transfers and improve walking. She tolerated up to 3 lb. weights on each leg for strengthening as well. She was able to use 2 lb. weights on her upper extremities to increase her ROM (range of motion). She worked on walking and transfers, as well as getting dressed using special equipment to make it easier and with less pain.

Rose completed her therapy stay without any obstacles. She worked very hard to become stronger. At discharge, Rose was able to complete transfers with supervision and walk up to 100 feet three times. She shared that using the electrical stimulation helped decrease her pain, which allowed her to walk further distances. Rose was also able to complete upper body dressing with supervision and lower body dressing with stand by assist for safety.

Rose made incredible gains while on therapy services here at Platinum Ridge, but her family and therapy decided that returning home alone at this time would not be safe. Rose’s family was able to secure her a residence at a beautiful neighboring assisted living community. She will receive continued care and assistance while maintaining her independence in her own private space and be able to thrive. Rose was a wonderful lady to have had here and we wish her the best of luck! Keep smiling, Rose!

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

Patients Age: 79
Admission Date: 7/31/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date:  8/21/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 22 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Prior patient

Details of Experience:

Bill was a pleasant, agreeable 79-year-old gentleman who was admitted to Platinum ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing after a hospital stay for cellulitis in both legs. He shared that he noticed his legs were swelling and it was becoming more difficult for him to move around. Bill admitted to the emergency room and was subsequently diagnosed with cellulitis.

Prior to his stay at Platinum Ridge, Bill was able to complete most tasks at home at a supervision level with the assistance of his wife. Bill was also able to ambulate in his home with a wheeled walker, complete transfers, and complete toileting tasks; he also had the ability to feed and dress himself at the supervision level.

Upon admission, Bill required moderate assistance (therapist needing to complete 50% of the task) with sit-to-stand transfers and walking with a wheeled walker up to 30 feet. Bill also required max assistance (therapist needing to complete 75% or more) with dressing, toileting, and lower body bathing.

Bill was adamant on returning home to his wife and endured the many exercises and training needed to be able to do so. He was able to use up to 3lbs on both legs to strengthen the muscles for him to be able to walk longer distances with less assistance. He was also able to use up to 2lb weights for upper body exercises to increase his strength for the ability to push-up and complete transfers with less assistance.

Bill’s determination and hard work paid off. He is now able to complete all transfers (sit-to-stand, turn, and toileting) with supervision. He also can walk up to 200 feet with a wheeled walker, which was better than he previously did at home! Bill met his goals and was ready and excited to return home, but not before he had his last treat of Nutter Butter cookies that he received from the concierge and looked forward to each week. We wish you the best, Bill!

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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!

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

Patients Age: 74
Admission Date: 5/22/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date:  6/10/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 18 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehabilitation/CVA
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Lives locally in the community

Details of Experience:

Susan was a very kind-hearted 74-year-old female who came to Platinum Ridge Rehabilitation after an ER visit with complaints of left arm weakness and tingling. She shared that she was reading a book at home and when she went to get up from her chair, her left arm went limp and both legs felt wobbly. She also stated she was having difficulty with word finding. Susan was diagnosed with a CVA (cerebral vascular accident) versus a TIA (transient ischemic attack) at that time.

Susan was very independent prior to her admission and was very adamant that she wanted to return to that level. She was also a very private person and did not want to have “all kinds of equipment” to take back to her apartment so that her neighbors wouldn’t ask too many questions.

During Susan’s evaluation she required min assistance (25% assist from a therapist) for transfers and ambulation using a wheeled walker, only able to walk 15’ on evaluation. She also reuired touching assist for toilet transfers using grab bars and for lower body dressing. She was able to complete upper-body dressing with set up assist (provide only item, no assist from therapist). Susan required moderate assist with ADL’s (activities of daily living) (50% assist) decreased balance with standing and performing dynamic tasks.

Susan was always very motivated to participate as she wanted to return home, and she was able to follow through with the programs well. She completed strengthening in her arms and legs with up to 4lbs. to increase her ability to ambulate further distances with decreased assist as well as complete transfers with decreased assist. She completed gait training with the use of a wheeled walker as well as stair training to increase her ability to ambulate further distances with decreased assist as well as simulate her home and community environment. She endured balance training to challenge her stability inside and outside her base of support to increase her reactions and decrease her risk for falls. Susan also completed ADL training such as cooking and simulated laundry management to work towards returning home at her prior level!

Susan completed all of her therapy programs without obstacle. Upon her discharge, she was able to complete all transfers, toileting, dressing, and ADL’s (independent with the use of assistive devices). She was able to walk with a wheeled walker up to 300’ and ascend and descend 12 steps with bilateral hand rails. Susan began training with a cane and was able to walk up to 100’ with a cane SBA (close supervision, no touching assist), but she stated she would like to return home with a wheeled walker because she felt safer with it.

Susan was discharged back to her apartment independently with the use of a wheeled walker. She scheduled to receive home therapy services upon discharge as well. Susan was a stellar example of what hard work and perseverance can help you achieve. Way to go, Susan! We wish you the best!

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