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

Patient’s Age: 74-years-old
Admission Date: 07/03/19
Admitted From: Morristown Medical Center
Discharge Date: 07/24/19
Length of Stay: 21 Days
Discharged To: Home
Reason for Stay: Left wrist fracture, pneumonia.
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Social worker referral.

Details of Experience:
How would you feel if you went to bed normally one night to wake up and your whole life has changed? For Lee, the unexpected happened the night of June 29, 2019. She took a Benadryl to go to sleep one night right before she had fallen at 2:00am. While trying to catch herself during the fall, she landed on both of her hands which resulted in a left distal radius fracture (wrist). She underwent wrist surgery on July 1st and had an external fixator put in place. Lee also presented with knee pain secondary to the fall along with needing a blood transfusion.

Lee was in Morristown Medical Center for a total of four days. While receiving acute therapy there, her medical team recommended subacute rehabilitation to further assist in her healing process. Lee knew she wanted to come to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center so she can be close to her family.

Lee was admitted to Chatham Hills on July 3, 2019. She was greeted by our Admissions Director to get settled in her room. Lee was completely independent prior to admission and knew she had to stay motivated to get back there. Her goal upon admission was, “to heal and go home to doing everything I’ve been doing and be able to drive again”. Our highly-trained therapy team knew she would benefit from skilled PT/OT services. During her initial assessment, she was presented with lobar pneumonia, anemia, and difficulty in walking, muscle weakness and reduced functional activity tolerance.

Lee was motivated and ready to begin her healing process. She participated in therapy six days a week consistently practicing turning while walking, correct hand/foot placement while climbing stairs, transfer training to increase functional task performance and training on the omnicycle.

Lee’s favorite thing to do is drive down to Atlantic City once a month! She knew if she wanted to get back to doing that then she would need to stay extra motivated. Upon admission, Lee required assistance with all ADLs-(Activities of Daily Living), could only ambulate 50 feet with a rolling walker and could only ascend/descend 4 steps. With consistent progress, she was able to reach all her goals! She was able to walk over 200 feet, ascend/descend 8 steps, and was independent with all self-care tasks!

Our Director of Concierge Services visited Lee nearing her discharge date. Lee shared, “my therapy sessions here were 100%, and especially from my therapist Weronika; she is the top girl. I was also happy to get my hair done a few times while being here! Everyone here is really nice. My therapist, Weronika, the concierge Kathleen, my occupational therapist, Sue, my nurse, Candra, and the maintenance man, Jorge (as she called, ‘Mr. Helper’) were all amazing and made my stay better. I would definitely recommend Chatham Hills.”

Team Chatham Hills is thrilled to congratulate Lee on all her progress and we wish her the best of luck on her next Atlantic City trip!