Therapy Success Story: Sandra

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Sandra A. came to BGNR back in July, after being in the hospital due to falls at home leading to injury. Sandra was hoping to be with us for a short-term stay, in which she’d be able to discharge back home to her husband. When she came to us, she wished to improve her overall mobility and reduce fall risks. She needed extensive assistance with ADLs including dressing and bathing when she first arrived and hoped to improve her strength and ability to perform self-care tasks. Sandra also received speech therapy for cognitive-communitive deficits as well as lack of safety awareness. Sandra stayed on rehab caseload a little over 2 months. After much discussion and care plans with her spouse, it was agreed to a home evaluation to assess her in her natural environment to see if she could manage safely at home. To her dismay, she was not ready at that time to return home safely. After much discussion with her and her spouse, it was confirmed she needed continued care with ADLs, ambulation tasks, safety awareness, and would need to stay at BGNR for longer.

Feeling frustrated and defeated, she didn’t wish to continue with therapy long term and discharged from rehab shortly after. However, after a month off, she requested to try physical therapy only this time with more focused treatment sessions to improve her activity tolerance, strength, and mobility. Sandra was focused! She was determined to get back home and worked very hard in therapy every day for this last month. She was able to accomplish goals of stair training, walking tasks with walker, and progressed to modified independence in her room. In mid-November, she was able to return home with her husband. She received in-home therapy and was able to get assistance from a care giver to aide in ADLs that still required help to safely perform. We are very proud of her hard work and perseverance to keep working hard and pushing through, especially after her home evaluation brought discouragement. Sandra, we hope you’re doing well and can get back out to WKU games soon! Go Hilltoppers

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