Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (March 2019)

Patient’s Age: 74-years-old
Admission Date: 01/22/19
Admitted From: Morristown Medical Center
Discharge Date: 03/09/19
Length of Stay: 46 days
Discharged To: Home
Reason for Stay: PEG tube, A-Fib, C Diff
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Hospital referral


Details of Experience:

It was a regular New Year’s Day when Tom went into the hospital to have a simple procedure done. He had a successful vascular surgery where he had stents put in. Upon arriving back home, it only lasted one day before things took a turn for the worse. He had fluid accumulating and no matter what they tried, they couldn’t get his blood pressure down. The doctors at the hospital were afraid that he would have a stroke.

Tom’s wife explained that “everything was going down at once.” He quickly developed pneumonia, heart failure, his kidneys were shutting down, and he was losing blood due to a GI bleed. Tom fought as he underwent yet another surgery.

It was long weeks spent at Morristown Medical Center. Tom was unable to participate in acute therapy because of how weak he was. He was also unable to eat due to the heavy stress of his situation. His family was notified that he would need extensive rehabilitation after being discharged from the hospital to further his healing process.

Tom was admitted to Chatham Hills on January 22, 2019. Upon admission, he was greeted and evaluated by our highly-trained nursing and therapy teams. His goal was to regain his strength that he once had. After his therapy evaluation, Tom required maximum assistance with all his self-care tasks; he was totally dependent on help from his therapists and was not able to ambulate. Tom and his wife knew it was going to be a long journey but they were ready to begin.

Tom was faced with fear and anxiety of getting out of bed, which was a very long process in itself. His very dedicated therapists knew they had to construct a plan that would not overwhelm him. They slowly started to work with him every morning letting him participate in all ADLs-(Activities of Daily Living), like getting dressed and brushing his teeth. Once he got stronger, they encouraged him to focus more on getting himself to the restroom and walking.

Although Tom was getting stronger, he was still faced with some setbacks. Every time he started to improve, he got sick which ultimately held him back from participating. His wife expressed, “I sat in the lobby and watched a graduation ceremony for another patient and it brought tears to my eyes because I didn’t think he was going to recover.” Tom’s therapists never lost faith in him. Once he worked through the fear and anxiety of getting out of bed, he began to excel in therapy!

Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” This quote perfectly identifies with Tom’s success story. Although there were some bumps in the road, he never gave up and his therapists never gave up. When Tom was admitted to Chatham Hills, he was unable to ambulate, required maximum assistance and was totally dependent on help from staff around him. Nearing his discharge date, Tom was up and walking 65 feet with contact guard assistance! Not only was he able to walk, but he was also able to complete all his self-care tasks!

Tom made tremendous progress after dealing with a challenging situation. His wife stated, “Tom is feeling great at home! He is even eating better now.”

Team Chatham Hills was thrilled to congratulate him and his wife for their courage and dedication!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (February 2019)

Patient’s Age: 56-years-old
Admission Date: 01/02/19
Admitted From: Overlook Hospital
Discharge Date: 02/07/19
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 36 days
Reason for Stay: Pneumonia, scrotal infection, MS
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Family member is a Chatham Hills employee


Details of Experience:

French playwright, Molière once said, “the greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” John’s story before and after his journey to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center brought meaning to this quote. His biggest obstacle was his health with a history of MS and being non-ambulatory.

Prior to entering Chatham Hills, John had an experience which led to why he suffered a massive decline from walking since the appropriate treatment needed was not provided. That decline took a vast toll on him. On December 21st, 2018, John presented at Overlook Hospital due to sudden upper thigh pain and swelling. He was put on IV therapy and was positive for cellulitis. With the new onset of pneumonia and overall weakness, John was told he would need extensive rehabilitation to further his healing process.

When John first arrived at Chatham Hills on January 2nd, he required maximum assistance with all activities of daily living and was totally dependent during mobility tasks. With a motivated spirit and a very supportive family, John knew he couldn’t give up now. Upon his evaluation with our highly-trained therapists, he stated, “my goal is to be able to transfer and take care of myself like I did before so I can go back home.” The Chatham Hills team saw tremendous potential in John to ambulate once strengthening exercises were successful. They took the time to create a personal treatment plan for him of therapy six days a week with one day to rest.

Every day, John went to therapy playing music on his speaker to not only keep himself motivated but to motivate the other patients around him. To us, he was known as the music man! He brought joy and smiles to many people around him just from something so small. While listening to his music, John participated in transfer training, strengthening exercises and endurance. His therapists focused on stretching and doing exercises lying down on the mat to help his weaker muscles get stronger so he could eventually complete them while sitting.

John had a complicated story but had a smile on his face every day. It took only a little over one month, strong family support, a supportive team of nurses, physicians, physical and occupational therapists to help John make a miraculous recovery. He went from being non-ambulatory to ambulating with minimum assistance! He also no longer needed assistance completing his everyday tasks like dressing, bathing and transferring.

As the Director of Concierge Services visited John to capture his final words before being discharged, he stated, “I would most definitely recommend Chatham Hills. The therapists were helpful and got me walking after many months. They were patient with me, but they were also aggressive which is what I wanted. My one physical therapist, Leslie, was great with me. Kathleen, the Concierge, was very positive for me. She always said hi and always asked if I had questions or problems. She was always great to me. My nurse, Lori, always had a smiling face and always had a great disposition. The overall customer service was good! I think everyone was supportive. My aides were very patient with me while I pushed myself. I also got to go to the men’s club, I got a take-out lunch with the activities department and did yoga class; it was all good.”

Team Chatham Hills is thrilled to congratulate John on his immense success and, if any, all the future obstacles he will overcome with strength!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (January 2019)

Patient’s Age: 77-years-old
Admission Date: 1/8/19
Admitted From: St. Claire’s Hospital
Discharge Date: 1/25/19
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 17 days
Reason for Stay: Left pelvis fracture & broken ribs
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Online search

Details of Experience:
Our mission at Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center is to support our patients and provide unprecedented levels of genuine care and customer service for our community’s rehabilitation and nursing needs. Our approach and personalized treatments will ensure that our patients are back on their own two feet as promptly as possible.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “if you can’t fly then run if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Linda’s situation brought this quote to life. She has an extensive history when it comes to her health. She had a right and left total hip replacement, extensive spinal fusion surgery due to scoliosis and an active intracerebral bleed. No matter how many things seemed to go on the wrong path for Linda, she continued to keep moving forward.

Linda was going in her house from her patio on what she thought was going to be a normal Friday. Unfortunately, when Linda was walking into her house, she missed a step. She fell while holding onto a grill to break her fall. As if the situation could not get worse, she fell and the grill fell on top of her. She was then rushed to St. Claire’s Hospital. After multiple tests, she was left with a left pelvis fracture and three broken ribs. After getting treated in therapy at the hospital, Linda was informed that she would need extensive rehabilitation services.

When Linda first arrived at Chatham Hills on January 8th, she required contact guard assistance from a therapist and could not climb any steps. Linda expressed her strong feelings and intentions, “I want to be able to put weight through my foot, function, and walk and get better.” Her highly trained therapists took the time to make a treatment plan designed with her intentions in mind. With a set schedule of therapy six days a week, she was ready to begin healing.

Linda presented with weakness, pain and a decline in mobility. At first, she was able to tolerate light strength exercises, balance, and endurance. Every day she participated in self-care tasks like getting herself dressed and getting ready to start the day like she would be doing at home. Completing her strengthening tasks, she was eventually able to stand! She got up on her own two feet and started to use a walker! Linda progressed quickly from her treatments which lead to her overall condition improved as a result of her skilled therapy sessions.

While Linda was at Chatham Hills, she developed close relationships with a number of nurses, our concierge director and especially, her therapists. It took only a little over two weeks, a strong support system from her family, a supportive team of physical and occupational therapists, nurses and physicians to help Linda make a full recovery. Team Chatham Hills is so proud of what she achieved.

As the Director of Concierge Services visited Linda to capture her final words before being discharged, she stated, “I would rate my stay at Chatham Hills a 10/10. I’ve been in many rehabs before but Chatham Hills is by far the best one. My therapists helped me so much with my broken pelvis. My one therapist, Michelle was fantastic and wonderful. The concierge director, Kathleen, came to visit me every day and always boosted my spirits. The nurses and aides were all lovely. I would recommend Chatham Hills to anyone.”

Congratulations to Linda on her success here and continued success at home!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (December 2018)

Patients Age: 79-years-old
Admission Date: 11/7/18
Admitted From: Catskill Regional Medical Center
Discharge Date: 12/14/18
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 37 days
Reason for Stay: Right femur fracture
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Online search

Details of Experience:

On November 3rd, 2018, Maureen was enjoying dinner with her family when an unexpected incident occurred. While on her way to the restroom, she lost her balance and fell on her right side. She had to be quickly taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center. Upon evaluation, her doctor discovered that she had a closed right hip fracture. Prior to the hip fracture, Maureen was experiencing shortness of breath. With a cruise trip coming up, she knew she had to improve quickly.

Maureen has always been independent. She enjoys reading, watching television, and visiting with friends. Her goal entering Chatham Hills Subacute was to “return back to doing every activity I did before I fell.”

Maureen entered our community, Chatham Hills, on November 7th, 2018. Upon admission, she had a goal to walk on her own without pain. Maureen was greeted by our highly-trained therapists, Candace and Sara. During her initial assessment, she required maximum assistance with all activities of daily living. She was not able to climb any steps and was only able to ambulate five feet with contact guard assistance.

Maureen required skilled physical and occupational therapy services to return to her prior level of function. She participated in therapy six days a week, consistently practicing dynamic functional activities, self-care training, and education on energy conservation techniques. Her therapists consistently worked on pain management. Although it was taking time, Maureen was making constant progress toward her short term and long term goals. She is now able to ambulate over 200 feet, ascend/descend 12 steps, and able to perform her activities of daily living on her own!

Our Director of Concierge Services met with Maureen nearing her discharge date to find out how her overall stay at Chatham Hills was. Maureen stated, “My stay at Chatham Hills was fantastic. I had the best care from everybody. Physical therapy and occupational therapy were absolutely the best. My therapists, Steve, Archie, Michelle and Sara, were the ones who worked with me and really got me moving. I was just amazed at how far I came from where I was in the beginning. Chatham Hills was clean and cheerful. I have no complaints. Although I didn’t participate much, they really had a lot of activities for the patients. The overall experience was really fine for me. Thank you Chatham Hills.”

Team Chatham Hills is inspired by Maureen’s motivation to never give up. Congratulations, Maureen and we hope you have an amazing cruise!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (November 2018)

Patients Age: 88-years-old
Admission Date: 10/15/18
Admitted From: Morristown Medical Center
Discharge Date: 11/10/18
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 26 Days
Reason for Stay: Hip Replacement
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Referral from New Providence Senior Center

On October 9th, 2018, Jim went in for a scheduled hip replacement revision. Upon evaluation, his doctor discovered a slight crack in his tibia bone. In order for the revision to be successful, Jim had to get another surgery just three days later. After his back-to-back surgeries were complete, he was notified that he would need further rehabilitation services. As active volunteers at the New Providence Senior Center, Jim was familiar with all that Chatham Hills has to offer as a subacute rehab and knew that was the place he wanted to go.

Jim and his wife are very active in the New Providence Senior Center community. Jim is a very diligent bridge player while his wife is the “Sunshine Lady”, who goes around bringing joy to other seniors. He is also an active member of his church.

When Jim was admitted to Chatham Hills, he had a goal to walk again and be able to transfer in and out of the car. Jim was greeted by our highly-trained therapists, Steve and Michelle. During his initial assessment, he needed maximum assistance with transfers, was unable to climb stairs, only able to ambulate five feet using a rolling walker with contact guard assist and was in a great deal of pain upon leg movements. Secondary to his hip fracture, there were specific precautions that had to be taken such as being unable to bend down or cross his legs. In return, these precautions made a task of putting on pants very difficult. His occupational therapist, Michelle, worked closely with him teaching him how to successfully use adaptive equipment to independently perform lower body dressing while maintaining those said hip precautions.

Jim required skilled physical and occupational services to return to his prior level of function as independent with all activities of daily living. He participated in therapy six days a week consistently practicing transfers, clothing management and energy conservation techniques. Although it was taking time, Jim was very compliant and made steady progress toward reaching his short term and long term goals.

Nathan Chen once said, “Never give up. There are always tough times, regardless of what you do in anything in life. Be able to push through those times and maintain your ultimate goal.” Jim identified with this quote after his time at Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center due to staying motivated and also having a strong support system from his wife and community center.

Working hard every day, Jim is now able to ambulate over 200 feet, ascend/descend 8 steps and able to perform all activities of daily living independently! As Jim stated, “I would recommend Chatham Hills for their therapy department. The therapists here are helpful and very capable, especially my occupational therapist, Michelle. The concierge, Kathleen, made my stay at Chatham Hills more comfortable. The activities were also enjoyable, I liked bingo. Overall, the whole staff here is helpful.”

Team Chatham Hills is incredibly proud of Jim for his success here and continued success at home!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (October 2018)

Patients Age: 81-years-old
Admission Date: 9/22/18
Discharge Date: 10/19/18
Discharged To: Home
Reason for Stay: 4 Weeks
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Therapist in family (Atlantic Health)

Anita was admitted to Overlook Medical Center on September 18th, 2018, with an initial diagnosis of septicemia. She had a pacemaker since March 7th, 2018, but the outcome was not what she thought it would be. She contracted a terrible infection from the pacemaker and had to be placed on IV antibiotics. She was informed that she would need extensive rehabilitation to return to her prior level of function.
Upon admission to Chatham Hills, Anita stated that she was “very impressed with how well people are at explaining things.” She was evaluated by our incredible therapy team to determine how much therapy she was going to need. During her evaluation, she demonstrated excellent rehabilitation potential as evidenced by her positivity and willingness to participate fully in therapy.

When Anita arrived to Chatham Hills, she had a goal to walk without experiencing lower back pain from a previous surgery. Anita was greeted by our highly trained-therapists, Sue, Leslie, Sara and Steve. During her initial assessment, she was able to ambulate only 150 feet with stand-by assistance, was not able to ascend/descend stairs and needed contact guard assistance with all activities of daily living (ADL’s) due to poor balance.

Anita required skilled occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) services to be independent with her ADL’s. She participated in therapy six days a week, consistently practicing self-care training, ambulating outdoors, and participated in neuromuscular re-education techniques.

Because of the deep-seated infection, Anita made her physicians remove the pacemaker. She was discharged to the hospital from Chatham Hills for a planned surgery. She returned after eight days feeling weaker than before. Her new goal upon readmission was to walk better and further without any assistance and without any pain in her lower back and hips. Our wonderfully skilled therapy team knew that she would get to that point with her dedication.

Nearing her discharge date of October 19, 2018, Anita reached maximum potential with skilled services! She was able to ambulate unlimited distances with a rollator, able to perform self-care tasks and able to perform her activities of daily living on her own.

Our Director of Concierge Services visited Anita to see how her stay was going. She was very satisfied with how she was improving. As Anita states, “the therapy department is really remarkable. They got me moving which I wasn’t doing when I came in. They listened to what I told them, were incredibly kind, and always made sure we were properly situated. They made a big difference while I was there.”
Team Chatham Hills was thrilled to congratulate Anita on her progress while she was here and wish her continued success back at home!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (September 2018)

Patients Name: Ruth M.
Patients Age: 90-years-old
Admission Date: 9/12/18
Admitted From: Morristown Medical Center
Length of Stay: TBD
Reason for Stay: Hyponatremia, Generalized muscle weakness
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Primary care doctor referral

Ruth was admitted to Morristown Medical Center on August 30, 2018, due to having trouble breathing and not being able to speak or walk. She had multiple tests done throughout her stay. Nearing her discharge from the hospital, Ruth was notified that she would need extensive subacute rehabilitation to support the ability to be independent before returning back home. Her and her daughter, Reggie, remembered how much they loved the care at Chatham Hills prior so they knew this was the place to go.

Ruth was admitted to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center on September 12, 2018. She was greeted by our team of professionals who anticipated her arrival. Within the first twenty-four hours of her stay, she was evaluated by the clinical team, the administrative staff, both her physical and occupational therapists who were going to be working with her and many other valued members of the Chatham Hills team. Ruth was evaluated by her therapists to determine the care she was going to need.

Upon arrival to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center, Ruth required skilled occupational therapy (OT) services to maximize her independence with her activities of daily living (ADL’s). She needed assistance with dressing, transferring and walking. Attending therapy 6 days a week, Ruth was performing progressive resistance exercises, gait training, dynamic balance activities while standing, and practicing her everyday activities with supervision. A few days into her therapy, Ruth suffered a respiratory infection which resulted in a setback. Her amazing therapists, Archie and Sue, were very patient with her during this time to help her get motivated again.

Prior to coming to Chatham Hills, Ruth was involved in various activities at her independent living facility. She attended mindful body and soul classes, dinners, movie nights and exercise classes. She wanted to get stronger again to be able to return to doing her favorite things.

Ruth worked hard every day in therapy. Nearing her discharge date, she is now able to ambulate 350 feet with a rollator! She can climb 12 steps and is able to perform all her activities of daily living independently! Ruth’s daughter, Reggie, states, “I think everyone here helped her get back to where she was before. She feels very safe and comfortable with everyone here which is why we came back a second time. Everyone has been so good to her. She really likes the staff here because they are caring and she doesn’t feel like just another patient, the staff makes her feel like a person. We appreciate what people are doing for her and that’s the most beautiful thing I can say about Chatham Hills.”

Team Chatham Hills is thrilled to congratulate Ruth on her progress and continued success going home! Our Director of Concierge services met with Ruth who stated, “I think they are very good in therapy here, they make me feel good. I think everyone does the best they can at Chatham Hills. The concierge is so sweet and Dr. Prager is very nice and always smiling.” Congratulations, Ruth!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (August 2018)

Patients Age: 69-years-old
Admission Date: 8/1/18
Discharge Date: TBD
Discharged To: Home
Reason for Stay: Pelvis fracture
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Concierge Referral

Details of Experience:

It was a normal July day when Christine had a doctor’s appointment. While getting up to return home, she slipped and fell. She was transferred to Overlook Emergency Room. Christine had suffered an acute computed pelvis fracture. Being completely independent prior to her fall, Christine was terrified of what was going to happen next. After being hospitalized for six days, she was advised that she was going to need further rehabilitation if she wanted to walk again. Christine and our Director of Concierge Services have known each other for years from the New Providence Senior Center. Christine knew Chatham Hills was the place she wanted to go to be with someone she knows well.

When Christine was admitted to Chatham Hills, she had a goal to decrease her pain and to get back on her feet, walking, as soon as possible. Christine was greeted by our highly-trained therapists, Leslie and Gabi. During her initial assessment, she was not able to ambulate, had severe pain, she was unable to weight shift and needed maximum assistance with all activities of daily living (ADL’s). She also suffered from pain, which limited her from functional activities.

Christine required skilled occupational therapy and physical therapy services to gain independence with her ADL’s. She participated in therapy six days a week, consistently practicing balance, dressing techniques, strength training and participated in neuromuscular re-education. On August 2nd, 2018, Christine was unable to ambulate and unable to ascend/descend levels, required maximum assistance with transfers, bed mobility, and grooming and dressing.

“Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.” –Anonymous.
Christine identifies with this quote because of the positive attitude she brought with her to therapy every day. She demonstrated excellent rehab potential due to being very positive, having strong family support and the motivation to return to her prior level of function.

Working hard every day, she is now able to ambulate over 225 feet, ascent/descend 12 steps with supervision of one team member and is able to perform her activities of daily living with set up assistance!

As Christine stated, “The most impressive thing about Chatham Hills is the physical therapy. They work so hard and they really inspire the patients to get better. That’s been a great plus for me. Everyone else has been so friendly. Starting with the Concierge Director, Kathleen, she was so welcoming and friendly; she even gave me a balloon when I came in. Chatham Hills is not only a friendly environment, but also an environment that you can heal in. I appreciated the fact that no one forced me to do anything, my privacy was respected, and I was happy doing what I was doing. I’m a very active adult and I’m glad I’m going to be again because of the care I got here. I know I’m going to get back to my normal life.”

Christine is the former president for four years at the New Providence Senior Center, she is also in a group of women singers named ‘The Larks’. She started a knitting club at the New Providence Library, as well as attending tai chi and yoga classes. It is safe to say that Christine is very involved in the community. While she liked to be independent at Chatham Hills, she was still very pleasant and friendly to everyone around her.

The team at Chatham Hills is gratified to congratulate Christine on her tremendous progress and continued success at home!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (July 2018)

Patient’s Age: 71
Admission Date: 7/17/18
Admitted From: Morristown Medical Center
Discharged to: Will be Home
Length of Stay: TBD
Reason for Stay: Right femur fracture
How did patient hear about Chatham Hills? Hospital referral and location.

Details of experience:

It was Friday the 13th when Judy returned from her vacation in Alaska and was out and about in the town to pick up a few things from the store. While walking out of the back entrance of a novelty store, she tripped and took a hard fall on a handicap ramp. When she fell, she stated, “I knew I had done some type of damage to myself.”

Judy was rushed to the trauma unit of the emergency room at Morristown Medical Center. She suffered from a right femur fracture and needed to be operated on immediately. After a successful operation, she had to be monitored for four days. She was unable to walk and was told she needed further therapy at a subacute rehabilitation. After given a list of places she could go and recalling that she had volunteered here 20 years ago, she thought Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center was the perfect fit for her.

Upon admission to Chatham Hills, Judy was greeted by various highly-trained staff members. Judy was very impressed with the delightful and positive staff. She was evaluated by our incredible therapy team to determine how much therapy she was going to need. During her evaluation, she demonstrated excellent rehab potential as evidenced by her positivity and willingness to participate fully in therapy.

Judy’s goal upon entering our therapy gym for the first time was, “to learn how to move around, what exercises I can do to get better, and how to compensate so that I can go home soon.” Participating in therapy six days a week, Judy was quickly improving. There was just one slight setback: pain during functional activities. She was at constant risk for increased pain and dependency on caregivers as well as decreased participation with functional tasks. Working side-by-side with her favorite therapists, Judy knew she had to keep going.

On July 18th, 2018, she could only walk 15 feet with contact guard assistance. She also presented with impaired balance and increased need for assistance in order to perform ADL’s (activities of daily living) safely and independently. Judy has been working hard every day at progressive resistance exercises, stair negotiation training, strengthening activities to increase her functional task performance, etc. Judy is now able to ambulate 150 feet, ascend/descend 4 steps and stand during ADL’s without support and without loss of balance!

During her stay at Chatham Hills, Judy not only participated in therapy but also attended different activities. She enjoyed relaxing during dinner and movie nights, art and craft classes and reading independently. She also had a great roommate with whom she became friends.

Our Director of Concierge Services visited Judy daily to see how her stay was going. She was very satisfied with how she was improving. Judy stated to her, “When I had my accident, I felt like I wasn’t in my world anymore, but then I got to meet everyone. I have to say therapy has been outstanding. I had a goal to be able to, within eight days, walk independently. The physical therapy staff did everything they could to get me to walk again. Although I’m not totally independent yet, I am able to walk with a walker after just eight days. Their programs and smiles gave me that extra special something to continue improving. My therapist, Jeff (physical therapist) and Michelle (occupational therapist), were great with me right away. The nurses were exceptionally kind, especially the day nurses. My nurses Lori and Lou and my aide, Jennifer, were always positive, smiling and more than willing to listen to what I had to say. The management staff here is also all good-looking! They are always dressed nicely and everyone’s always happy. I also had a great roommate here, we even exchanged phone numbers!”

Nearing her discharge date, Team Chatham Hills is thrilled to congratulate Judy on her tremendous progress and consistent growth to return back home to her husband!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (June 2018)

Patient’s Age: 91
Admission Date: 6/11/18
Discharged Date: TBD
Discharged to: Home with son
Length of Stay: TBD
Reason for Stay: Shortness of breath, Pneumonia
How did patient hear about Chatham Hills?: Morristown Medical Center and Google Reviews

Details of experience:

Carmella was admitted to Chatham Hills on June 11th, 2018, from Morristown Medical Center. She was originally admitted to Morristown Medical for abnormal heart rhythms and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Previous to this hospital admission, she had a history of coronary artery disease, received an aortic valve replacement and sudden cardiac arrest asystole. Throughout her many hospital stays, Carmella had some complications which lead to having a permanent pacemaker implanted. She had an episode where she was able to speak, but her words did not make sense to other. She was informed that she would need to come to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center for further rehabilitation.

Upon evaluation by her therapists, Carmella required maximum assistance with all her ADLs (activities of daily living). She was unable to lift her left arm above her shoulder, could not walk upstairs, could only walk 15 feet with a rolling walker and overall had decreased strength. Carmella required skilled therapy services to assess her safety, independence and to increase her functional activity tolerance. Throughout her stay, Carmella trained her body on the Nu-Step bicycle to increase her endurance. She also practiced standing for longer periods of time in order to perform her self-care tasks. She suffered from shortness of breath during her time in therapy, which is what our highly-trained therapists wanted to focus on. She was exhibiting constant shortness of breath with activities and needed frequent rest periods as well as assistance for transfers, however, was showing signs of improvement. Carmella’s endurance has significantly improved, she does not feel as out of breath or “winded”, as she put it, as she used to.

One of Carmella’s main goals was to ambulate 75 feet using a wide-based quad cane. When she was admitted to Chatham Hills, she was only able to ambulate 15 feet with Contact Guard Assist. Within her two-week mark, Carmella is successfully walking about 60 feet with a rolling walker! Not only is she able to walk further, she is also able to stand for longer periods of time as well. Aside from getting further into her walking progress, she is also significantly improving on her dressing. In just two weeks’ time, she went from being totally dependent to being able to get herself washed up and dressed! As one of her therapists, Michelle, stated, “I am very pleased that Carmella has had fewer complaints about feeling short of breath. I’m so proud of her every day on her improvement inside and outside of the gym.”

With a discharge date in the near future, we are all so proud of her progress. Carmella stated,

“Before I came to Chatham Hills, I wasn’t able to walk or stand up, I laid in bed for over a week. My goal coming in here was to get therapy to be able to walk again. I was independent and walked with a cane. I would like to get back to the point I was, maybe even better than I was. I think the therapy department here is great, they work really hard and are great with the patients. They are very patient, and they really want you to improve. Being 91, there are certain things that can’t be done, but I’m going to try to get to my goals. I love shopping and can’t wait to do that again. My favorite thing I did here was sit by my window with a beautiful view and watch the birds. I don’t know how the crew here does what they do, but it really is something. Everyone here is top notch.”

Team Chatham Hills is so happy to congratulate Carmella on her constant success and can’t wait to send her back home to her son!

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