“Art For Life” At Chatham Hills!

Throughout the month of July, Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center is thrilled to celebrate “Art For Life”, a campaign designed to allow residents, staff, families and members of the community to express and showcase their artistic talents! Visitors are given the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite piece of art as the winning resident will be selected to represent Chatham Hills in the national CareRite Centers 2018 calendar!

Stop by and view our gallery today!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (May 2017)

Patients Name: Ms. Mary Flood
Patients Age: 92
Admission Date: 04/24/2017
Admitted From: Morristown Medical Center
Discharge Date: 5/27/2017
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 33 Days
Reason for Stay: Diverticulitis of Intestine, COPD, Hypertension, muscle weakness
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Previous stay and from the community.

Details of Experience:

Ms. Mary Flood is a 92-year-old female with a positive outlook and happy demeanor. She was presented to the emergency room at Morristown Medical Center with abdominal pain. Subsequently, Mary had a CAT Scan showing Diverticulitis in the Sigmoid Colon with Micro Perforation. Next, Mary was admitted and straight away demonstrated Peritonitis, which resulted in Mary undergoing Laparoscopic Sigmoid Resection with End Colostomy. Mary was also diagnosed with COPD, Hypertension and Muscle Weakness.
Prior to discharge from the hospital, Mary was offered another rehabilitation facility for physical therapy; however, Mary insisted on being admitted to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center as she had a previous positive experience at Chatham Hills.

Mary was admitted to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center on 04/24/2017.

The personal tailored physical therapy plan of treatment for Mary was quite remarkable. They graciously assisted Mary overcome her pain and her subsequent hesitation. She worked hard on balance, transfer, exercise and gait training. She also worked with occupational therapy to regain her ability to complete self-care tasks. Mary had gone from a baseline walking 100 feet with CGA level surfaces all the way to 350 feet independently with the rolling walker!

As Marry shared, “I’m so happy that I am here at Chatham Hills! They treat their patients well; they have the best therapists! I couldn’t walk and now I could walk! I am doing very good with them and I recommend them to everybody! I love them! Even their directors and everyone! The doctor at the hospital didn’t think I can do it, but I did! I made it!

Mary’s Success Story:

Despite Mary’s complex medical history, Chatham’s Physical Therapy team lived up to Mary’s challenge. Mary was able to now walk more than 300 feet independently using a rolling walker. This enabled her to return home, family and to her son Bobby!

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Chatham Hills Murder Mystery Event

Chatham Hills’ Murder Mystery Event was a great success!

Physicians, social work professions and many healthcare affiliates in the area were in attendance to assist in solving the “who dunnit” case! The suspenseful night included a delicious dinner and refreshments for all those present. Thank you to all who helped make the event a wonderful success; it was a beautiful and fun night at Chatham Hills!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (April 2017)

Patients Age: 89
Admission Date: 03/08/2017
Admitted From: Overlook Medical Center
Discharge Date: 4/15/2017
Discharged To: Assisted Living Facility
Length of Stay: 39 Days
Reason for Stay: Pelvic Fracture, COPD
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Hospital referral

Details of Experience:

Peggy is an 89-year-old female with PMH significant for acquired Hypothyroidism, hypertension, COPD, and Anemia. She was admitted to Overlook Hospital after she experienced a fall, resulting in a pubic fracture as well as a fracture of the left clavicle.

Peggy was admitted to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center on 03/08/2017 from Overlook Medical Center. The hospital’s physical therapy team recommended subacute rehabilitation for Peggy, where the social work team consulted Peggy to be discharged for rehabilitation at Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center. As such, Peggy cleared for discharged to SAR, pain controlled on Oxycodone IR prn and Tylenol prn.

As a Patient at Chatham Hills Subacute, Peggy was an easy going, upbeat patient. Peggy is a very social person, and delighted in socializing and spending time with other residents & patients doing a variety of activities, including trivia, discussion groups and games. She was very quick-witted, and was an absolute pleasure to be around.

The personalized physical therapy team at Chatham Hills Subacute have conducted for Peggy the following Assessment Summary:

Impressions – Physical Therapy Clinical Impressions: Upon arrival at Chatham Hills Subacute, it was noted that Peggy demonstrated a significant decline in overall functioning following her fall with a left clavicle and inferior/superior pubic rami fractures. Peggy required assistance for all mobility, transfers, ambulation, and for safety.

Skilled Justification – Reason for Skilled Services: Peggy required skilled physical therapy services to evaluate need for assistive device, facilitate (I) with all functional mobility and promote safety awareness in order to enhance patient’s quality of life by improving Peggy’s ability to perform steady gait.

Risk Factors: Due to the documented physical impairments and associated functional deficits, the patient was at risk for: falls, immobility, and decrease in level of mobility.

Skilled Intervention Focus = Restoration.

Peggy’s Success Story:

Despite Peggy’s complex medical history, Chatham’s Physical Therapy performed its magic with the support of Peggy’s incredible drive and determination to persevere. By discharge, Peggy had met both of her long-term and short-term goals! She was able to walk more than 350 feet independently using a rolling walker. This enabled her to return home to her Assisted Living Facility.

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Signature Serenity Suite Featured in Chatham Courier

Chatham Hills’ signature Serenity Suite, a therapeutic healing environment for memory care patients, was recently featured both in the Chatham Courier and upcoming documentary, “It’s Not a Burden: The Humor and Heartache of Raising Elderly Patients.”

Click here to read more on Chatham Hills’ specialty programming!

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Second Annual Senior Prom

Chatham Hills was proud to present, “Gangsters & Gals,” the communities’ second annual senior prom! The prom was a 1930’s Prohibition style themed event.

A beautiful turnout of residents, family members, and Seniors from the community joined Chatham Hills to celebrate. Thank you to our sponsors who helped the team in supporting this event!

Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (March 2017)

Patients Age: 74
Admission Date: 12/21/16
Admitted From: Overlook Medical Center
Discharge Date: 1/20/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 31 Days
Reason for Stay: COPD with multiple complications
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Hospital referral

Details of Experience:

Ed was admitted to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center on December, 21 2016 from Overlook Medical Center Hospital with a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation with multiple complications. His medical history included him being found unresponsive, and was subsequently intubated due to acute chronic respiratory failure. He had pulmonary, cardiology and endocrinology consultants. He tested positive for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and was started on broad-spectrum antibiotic coverage. On December 16th he was successfully extubated.

Ed’s successful recovery:

Prior to his admission, there were concerns about Ed’s pacemaker working properly with two leads off. His doctors were quite nervous that he wouldn’t be able to participate in therapy without fainting. The team at Chatham Hills were able to rise to the challenge and usher Ed successfully through his rehabilitation and ultimately back home.
When Ed was admitted to Chatham Hills, he required maximum assistance with all ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living), bed mobility, and transfers. Ed was unable to ambulate due to decreased stamina and weakness. As time passed, Ed made slow but steady progress via restorative, adaptive and compensatory strategies. Initially, Ed could only walk 20 feet using a rolling walker and required stand-by-assistance. He was unable to negotiate steps. By the time he left, he was walking more than 350 feet independently using a rolling walker and was also able to navigate 15 steps independently. This enabled him to return home, which was his goal. It was through Ed’s hard work and dedication to his therapy sessions that he made such great achievements; he was a pleasure to work with.

Ed was always eager to improve and would always be up for the challenge. He used continuous oxygen and a BIPAP machine at night. He learned how to manage his oxygen during his stay here at Chatham Hills. As he was getting ready to discharge home, Ed required less assistance on the unit and was ambulating independently within the Chatham Hills Subacute community. Ed enjoyed eating lunch and dinner in the dining room while conducting lively political discussions with other community members. He was also involved in all of the daily recreational programs and made the best of his time!

Ed considers Chatham a “home away from home” as he continually comes back to visit with friends and especially with his roommate.

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Earth Day 2017 Semi-Annual Paper Shredding Event

Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center is proud to be a sponsor of the semi-annual paper shredding event to be held on Earth Day, benefiting Senior Services of the Chathams!

See below for the press release about this wonderful event!

SEMI-ANNUAL PAPER SHREDDING EVENT to be held on Earth Day

BENEFITING SENIOR SERVICES of the CHATHAMS

Sponsored by:
Smartly Organized, Janet McKeown of Keller Williams Realty,
Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center and Chatham Disposal
Chatham, NJ


De-clutter and dispose of your unwanted paper and documents safely and securely at a spring Community Shred fundraiser to be held on Earth Day — Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Chatham Train Station parking lot in Chatham Borough. All proceeds will benefit Senior Services of the Chathams. The service is open to the public and participants do not need to be residents of Chatham.

“We are celebrating Earth Day by providing this Community Shred service, an environmentally friendly way to purge personal documents in a confidential way. Privacy and identity theft are growing concerns these days, and most identity theft is obtained through hard copy sources. Paper shredding and document destruction can help reduce that risk.” says Pam Mansfield, Executive Director of Senior Services of the Chathams.

Residents from Chatham and other surrounding towns are invited to participate, with a suggested donation of $10 per small/medium cardboard box and $5 per brown paper grocery bag. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. Newspapers, magazines and paperback books will be accepted in addition to paper documents.

Thanks to generous sponsorship of this event by local business partners — Chatham Disposal, Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center, Janet McKeown – MBA Realtor of Keller William Realty, and Smartly Organized, LLC — all monies raised from the event will go toward funding programs at the Senior Center.

For more information about the Shred or Senior Services of the Chathams, visit:

ChathamSeniorCenter.org

or call:

(973) 635-4565.

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Celebrating 100 years of Louise

Louise was born on March 9, 1917, and she was married to Walter Ammerman on August 22, 1948; they were married for 64 years. On April 15, 1950 they had their one and only daughter, Barbara. Louise went to Berkeley Secretarial School to later become a teller at 5th Avenue Bank in Manhattan. She then became an executive secretary for 36 years in East Hanover, NJ. Louise has many hobbies; she loves to read, crochet, and swim. Louise also loved to travel. She has traveled to 46 states and 12 countries! We are so proud to celebrate Louise!

Click here to read more about Louise’s special day at Chatham Hills in Tap into Chatham!

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Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (October 2016)

Patients Age: 79
Admission Date: 9/28/2016
Admitted From: Morristown Memorial
Discharge Date: 10/12/2016
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 15 days
Reason for Stay: Repeated falls, muscle weakness, difficulty walking
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Previous rehabilitation patient in March 2016

Details of Experience:

Nancy is a 79-year-old female that was admitted to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center after an inpatient stay at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Prior to her hospitalization, she was completely independent. She was fully treated at the hospital for frequent falls and was stabilized prior to admitting To Chatham Hills Subacute. Upon arrival, the following short and long term goals were established:

  • Patient will safely perform bed mobility tasks with independence with use of side rails and 0% verbal cues for safety awareness in order to transfer in out of bed
  • Patient will safely perform functional transfers with independence and 0% verbal cues for safety awareness
  • Patient will be able to push up from arms of a chair without falling in order to safely return to private residence.
  • Patient will safely ambulate on level surfaces 300 feet using a rolling walker with independence and a normalized gait pattern 100% of the time with reduced risk for falls to increase independence with all functional ambulation.
  • Patient will increase dynamic standing balance and use righting reactions 100% of the time to right self without falls in order to reduce the risk for falls.

After completing both physical and occupational therapy to successfully attain all desired therapeutic goals, Nancy made noticeable, consistent progress. Her functional abilities progressed as a result of skilled interventions and she reached maximum potential with skilled services. Upon initial evaluation, she required maximum assistance for transfers and had increased difficulty walking and wheelchair mobility, requiring increased assistance. Nancy was discharged having achieved all of her goals with safe wheelchair mobility and walking with the assistance of a platform walker. As a result, she was able to return to her private home completely independent!

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