Success in Rehabilitation: One Step at a Time
[To protect her privacy, which we are always careful to do for all our rehab patients and long term care residents, we'll refer to this patient as "Mrs. G."]
Mrs. G. was admitted to Fairhaven Healthcare Center in early winter for short-term rehabilitation after sustaining serious left hp and wrist fractures from a fall at home. Mrs. G. had surgical repair of the fractures and was given non-weight-bearing status for her arm.
Prior to coming to rehabilitation at Fairhaven, Mrs. G. lived with her husband and was fully independent; she had full mobility and regularly performed ADLs (Activities of Daily Living).
At admission, Mrs. G. required maximal assistance from our staff for transfers, mobility, bathing and dressing. She was unable to ambulate (walk by herself) or even propel a wheelchair. We're proud that this level of care is one we excel at.
It was clear from the start that Mrs. G. had a tough challenge in front of her, and that improving her level of function would require work, help, and perseverance. She received daily therapy and, after just days, progress began to show.
When she was able to be discharged just three months later, the difference was remarkable. She could walk 125 with the assistance of a walker, climbed 6 stairs with the aid of a cane, could move herself in and out of a bed or wheelchair with minimal assistance, and was able to perform all required ADLs with a limited amount of support. Her amazing progress was clearly helped by the strengthening programs we introduced--which she worked hard at.
Three months after her discharge, Mrs. G. was walking with just a cane!
The entire rehabilitation and therapy staff at Fairhaven Healthcare Center understands that coming back from a fall or surgery takes enormous energy and determination—and we are here to help.