Platinum Ridge Amputee Walking School Seminar

Platinum Ridge was proud to host their Signature Amputee Walking School Seminar alongside sister communities, Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing and Forbes Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare! The Presentation was headlined  by Paralympic Gold Medalists Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler, pioneers of the Amputee Walking School program! The seminar took place on Thursday, June 15th, where CEUs were offered for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and case management professionals in the Pennsylvania region. Thank you to all who attended this incredible event! 

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

Patients Age: 58
Admission Date: 4/28/17
Admitted From: St. Margaret’s Hospital
Discharge Date:  5/10/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 12 Days
Reason for Stay: Right Hip Replacement
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Employee within CareRite Centers Network

Details of Experience:

John is a happy, hard-working, pleasant 58-year-old-male who arrived to us at Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation & Healing following an elective procedure for a right hip replacement. Upon arrival, John shared that he was experiencing hip problems for awhile and began requiring a cane to move around due to the pain becoming increasingly worse. John shared the pain became so severe that he was even having difficulty walking and working full-time and that he was unable to perform his work duties. John stated both hips were in “bad shape”, but the right hip was worsening, so he underwent a total right hip replacement for relief.

Upon arrival, John shared a pain level of a 4 /10. The pain medications he was receiving assisted in providing some relief. John was able to complete bed mobility with moderate assistance (where the patient can perform 50% of independence) decreased pain and weakness in the right hip. John performed transfers with minimum assistance (patient able to perform 75% of independence) as well as ambulate with a wheeled walker up to 25 feet. John also required assistance with dressing and bathing, now having to follow hip precautions.

John worked hard while he was in physical and occupational therapy. He always was ready to attend therapy sessions as that meant closer to his goal of riding his bike this summer. John completed strengthening of both his arms and legs as well as worked on walking further distances with less assistance. He also completed stair training as well as worked on dressing and bathing using specialized tools issued by occupational therapy to prevent him from deviating from his hip precautions, but allowing him to gain independence. John also worked on transferring in and out of a car and tasks such as simulating laundry and cooking as he lives alone after the passing of his wife this past January, whom he dearly misses.

John completed his physical and occupational therapy training in less than two weeks with flying colors! At discharge, John was independent with bed mobility, transfers and ambulation using a wheeled walker up to 300 feet. John was also able to ascend and descend 12 steps with a hand rail. John began training with a cane and was able to walk up to 250 feet with distant supervision. He was able to complete a transfer in and out of his car safely as well as walk on uneven pavement with a wheeled walker. John also stated the pain in his hip decreased a lot.

John was to return home after a two-week stay with his son to assist him with any needs. John stuck to the program and persevered through the pain, allowing him to gain his independence quickly. John was recently seen out in the community and he said he is getting his left hip done at the end of June so to expect him back in early July. John, there is room ready and waiting for you!

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

Patients Age: 84
Admission Date: 4/05/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date:  4/22/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 17 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehab
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Hospital

Details of Experience:

Jean is an energetic 84-year-old woman that arrived to Platinum Ridge Rehabilitation after being hospitalized due to a fall at home and a decline in her mobility. Jean shared that after her fall she had pain in her left hip and shoulder, but luckily her x-ray was negative for a fracture. Jean said her goal here was to decrease her pain and be able to walk on her own again so she could return home with her son.

When Jean arrived she was in very good spirits. She loved to tell her life story of how she was in the healthcare field being a CNA for many years. She said that she loved working with the elderly and it was quite apparent as she was very protective of her roommate here at Platinum Ridge. Her roommate loved the extra attention that Jean showed as an incredible bond had formed between the two.

Prior to her hospital stay, Jean was able to independently walk around her home with a wheeled walker. She was able to complete transfers on her own as well. Jean stated that she was able to lightly bathe and able to complete light cleaning and meal prep since having her hip replaced. She was also able to complete toileting and dressing on her own prior to her admission.

Initially, Jean complained of hip and shoulder pain that impaired her ability to walk and transfer, requiring minimal assistance with completing sit-to-stand transfers, and she was only able to walk up to 15 feet with a wheeled walker. She also required contact guard assist (patient requires a hand in support to maintain balance but no true assist needed) for toileting and lower body dressing.

Jean completed both physical and occupational therapy service to work on increasing her strength, balance, and endurance as well as to decrease her pain in the left shoulder and hip for her to be able to return to her prior level of functioning. Jean completed strengthening with weights on both arms and leg exercises, which improved her ability to transfer and walk with her wheeled walker with less assistance. Jean also completed activities to support her endurance and balance to simulate home management tasks such as light cleaning and meal prep. In addition, she worked on stair climbing with the hope to ascend and descend her steps at home.

While at Platinum Ridge, Jean attended therapy five times per week for three weeks. Upon conclusion of her therapy services, she was able to complete all transfers from the chair, toilet, and bed. She was also able to walk with her wheeled walker up to 200 feet with improved balance and gait speed. She was able to ascend and descend five steps with a handrail. Jean is now also able to complete toileting, bathing, and dressing independently!

While here at Platinum Ridge, Jean was very motivated and easy going, always willing to go to therapy bright and early. Jean will do very well at home with her son. We wish her the best! Keep on smiling, Jean!

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

Patients Age: 68 days
Admission Date: 3/14/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date: 3/23/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 10 Days
Reason for Stay: Rehab/ Antibiotic IV Therapy
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Allegheny Valley Hospital

Details of Experience:

Joseph “Joe” was a happy, pleasant 68-year-old male who arrived to Platinum Ridge in seek of therapeutic services after a hospitalization for right leg cellulitis. Joe shared that he had cats that liked to, “gaze out of the window and watch the birds.” While sitting on his lap one day, one of the cats got excited to see a bird and jumped off his lap, scratching his right upper thigh in the process. He stated his leg soon began to swell, turn red, and became painful when he was diagnosed with cellulitis. Joe was then later admitted to the ER where they sent him home with an IV antibiotic, but stated he had several issues while at home. Joe said the IV site began to leak and he also had a hard time managing the line while at home with many questions on how to care for himself. He shared that he was happy to come to a place that could provide the care he needed since he was unsure what he was doing. Joe was admitted to Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation & Healing to receive IV antibiotics as well as access to therapy for decreased ability to walk at home in result of the infection.

Prior to the incident, Joe was able to walk with a wheeled walker as well as complete transfers and mobility independently. He received Meals on Wheels 5x a week and was able to complete light cooking. Joe said he was able to do his own laundry, but with some difficulty as he would walk with a wheeled walker and push the basket with his foot to the washer. Joe said he had great support from friends, one of which assisted him to the bathroom when he needed it. He also had other friends that would escort him to doctor appointments. When Joe began physical therapy, he required stand by assist for transfers, sit-to-stand and stand turn pivot with a wheeled walker (Stand-by Assist requires the therapist to be within hands reach while completing mobility when resident has decreased balance). Joe was able to walk with a wheeled walker up to 15 feet before needing to sit due to increased lower back pain. Joe also required supervision (resident required cueing to complete) for upper body dressing and maximum assistance with toileting.

Joe received physical and occupational therapy for seven days. During this time he received ultrasound treatment for both hands as well as completed upper body strengthening exercises. Joe also worked on toileting, dressing, and bathing using adaptive equipment as needed to make completing these tasks easier with less pain and expelled energy. He was educated on how to complete transfers with increased ease as well as support on gait and stair training to be able to return home safely.

Joe was able to use up to 4lbs with leg exercises at discharge and he was able to complete all functional transfers. He was able to walk up to 200ft with a wheeled walker. Joe received a rollator at discharge as well as home health services for therapy set up to assess further needs at home. While at Platinum Ridge, Joe shared how wonderful it was that the community had a Concierge Program and how helpful that it was. Not only did he stress how he welcomed the daily visits, but how comforting it made him feel that someone took his questions and concerns personally. Joe stated that he would recommend Platinum Ridge Rehabilitation for anyone needing it. Joe was only with us a short period of time, but he was able to make great gains towards his independence to be able to return home safely.

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

Patients Age: 87
Admission Date: 1/27/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date: 2/9/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 15 days
Reason for stay: Rehab/ Right Femur fracture
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Allegheny Valley Hospital

Mr. Roy Brendlinger was a very pleasant 87 year-old male, who arrived to Platinum Ridge after suffering from a fall in his garage on his way to get a haircut, sustaining a right femur fracture. After successfully having the surgery to replace his broken hip, Mr. Brendlinger admitted to Platinum Ridge for inpatient rehabilitation.

Upon arrival, Mr. Brendlinger was greeted by the entire interdisciplinary team at Platinum Ridge. He arrived with a very positive outlook on his recovery and was motivated to return home. He was prominently assessed by the nursing and therapy departments to evaluate the needs of his healing process. Mr. Brendlinger’ plan of care was noted to require minimum assist (at least 25% assist) with transferring in and out of bed. He also required minimum assistance to walk with a wheeled walker, only able to walk up to 30 feet with increased pain to his right leg. He also required increased assist with his ADL’S (activities of daily living), which encompassed dressing, toileting and bathing due to pain and weakness.

Mr. Brendlinger was very cooperative and understood that therapy was necessary to strengthen his right leg as well as promote healing through weight bearing exercises. He attended therapy 6x a week for approximately one hour with each discipline. He learned how to use adaptive equipment to assist himself with decreased assistance. He also participated in occupational therapy to increase his fine motor skills as well as tolerate standing for increased periods of time to promote bone healing. While at Platinum Ridge, Mr. Brendlinger always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say about a team member. He always looked forward to his meals, and the frequent visits of his family. Mr.

Brendlinger lives on a farm and loved to share his experiences and lifestyle. He has four children who are actively involved in his recovery. Mr. Brendlinger ‘s motivation propelled him to complete his program with rehabilitation, achieving great results. He was discharged home with his family to assist him as needed and to move on to his next phase of therapy, which encompassed home health services set up by the nursing and social services departments here at Platinum Ridge. Upon discharging, Mr. Brendlinger shared, “When I’m in the neighborhood I’ll stop by for a cup of coffee and chat. Thank you!”

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

Patients Age: 83
Admission Date: 1/05/17
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date: 1/21/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 17 days
Reason for stay: Rehabilitation from fall
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Prior patient

On 1/6/17, Ruth was admitted to Platinum Ridge Rehab with a diagnosis of general weakness resulting from a fall she had experienced at a personal care home she was living. Upon admission, she was requiring contact-guard assist for all transfers, dressing and activities of daily living. It was great to see Ruth working so hard daily with therapy to reach her goal of going home . She worked very hard alongside occupational and physical therapy to reach her physical and mental goals of health. Ruth was always very pleasant and upbeat and had the support of her daughter to which she was going to reside with after discharge. While at Platinum Ridge, she largely participated in activities that were offered through the recreational program. The team is thrilled to share that Ruth has been happily discharged home to be with her daughter and dogs!

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Case Study: Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (December 2016)

Patients Age: 20
Admission Date: 12/12/16
Admitted From: Childrens Hospital
Discharge Date: 12/19/16
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 7 days
Reason for stay: Rehabilitation, post – surgery
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Children’s Hospital

Lilly arrived to Platinum Ridge in result of an elective right femur shortening procedure. Upon arrival, she was apprehensive in joining our community with being a younger adult. After connecting with Lilly and reassuring her that she could make incredible strides at Platinum Ridge, she felt comfortable with her experience and very much enjoyed our daily programming. She was very much fond of the recreational team and their provided activities. She also really enjoyed talking to the other residents and hearing their stories.

Upon evaluation, physical therapy was needed for all activities of daily living and supervision for ambulation and transfers. Throughout her short seven day stay, she made great gains. She demonstrated independence with feeding, grooming, and bed mobility. She performed all transfers and ambulation with modified independence with use of a front wheeled walker. Team Platinum Ridge is very happy to share that Lilly discharged home just in time for the holidays with those that she loves. Congratulations, Lilly on your incredible successes while at Platinum Ridge! Happy Holidays!

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Case Study: Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (November 2016)

Patients Age: 80
Admission Date: 10/21/16
Admitted From: West Penn Hospital
Discharge Date: 11/2/16
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 12 days
Reason for stay: Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Daughter is a nurse at Platinum Ridge

Betty arrived at Platinum Ridge following a hospital admission for Non-ST- elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and increased dizziness with postural changes. Upon admission, Betty required assistance with all activities of daily living (ADLs), functional ambulation and transfers. Resident demonstrated increased ability with ambulation, transfers, strength and ADL tasks post-therapy. Betty was able to complete homemaking tasks with distant supervision. She performed all transfers and ambulation with distant supervision as well as self- care tasks.

Betty functionally ambulated 200 ft. with no assistive device and distant supervision. She also completed 14 steps with 1 handrail. Upon discharge, she demonstrated increased strength, safety awareness, independence with transfers, ambulation and self-care tasks and decreased dizziness. Betty was happily discharged to home to be around her family and friends!

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Case Study: Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (October 2016)

Patients Age: 66
Admission Date: 10/1/16
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley Hospital
Discharge Date: 10/28/16
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 28 days
Reason for stay: Intravenous antibiotic & rehabilitation.
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? Patient is a local resident within community

Mr. William Tilman arrived to Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing status post left toe amputation of the transmetarsal 3 toes. Upon arrival, he was non-weight bearing with all activities of daily living (ADLs). William made incredible gains while under the care of the Platinum Ridge interdisciplinary team. He was advised to hop on one foot for all transfers, ultimately progressing from maximum assistance to contact guard.

While working very hard in therapy, William was cleared to be weight bearing as tolerated. With approval he demonstrated great progress in all ADLs. Upon discharge, William was modified independent with all self-care as well as with functional ambulation without using any devices! Mr. Tilman remained at Platinum Ridge for an additional week following therapy discharge for nursing measures, but continued to stay active! He was discharged home by himself and is hoping to return to work quickly. William is from the community and teaches music where he professionally once taught at the local high school.

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Case Study: Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (September 2016)

Patients Age: 48
Admission Date: 9/6/16
Admitted From: UPMC St. Margarets Hospital
Discharge Date: 9/23/16
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 18 days
Reason for stay: Lumbar radiculopathy
How did this patient hear about Platinum Ridge? UPMC St. Margarets Hospital

Tammy came to us here at Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation & Healing status post lumbar radiculopathy with a herniated disc. Prior to that she had a spinal fusion of the L-4 L-5 and noted decompression. Upon arrival, patient stated increased pain in her bilateral lower extremities, inability to stand for long periods of time and decreased endurance. Patient displayed favoring right side of body and bearing all weight on left side. Throughout her stay, Tammy demonstrated increasing independence and decreasing pain. Tammy was also hesitant about joining the activities that were being offered with the mindset that they were only for the older residents.

Once she began feeling less pain and the ability to ambulate better she decided to attend a wreath making class and shared that she really enjoyed it! Upon discharge, Tammy reported no right leg pain and demonstrated no related symptoms. Tammy completed all activities of daily living (ADL) with setup preparation. Tammy was able to ambulate 225 feet with a rolling walker and modified independence. Patient expressed increased comfort, decreased pain and increased independence with all activities! We are happy to say with such great care and rehabilitation therapy that she received with our team that she was able to be safely discharged home.

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