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

Patients Age: 81
Admission Date: 3/23/2016
Discharge Date: 5/17/2016
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 55 days
Reason for Stay: Left Femur Fracture
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Atlantic Health referral from ARI acute rehab

Details of Experience:

Josephine is an 81 year old female that sustained a hip and femur fracture on the left side. She was admitted to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center after her stay at Morristown Memorial. Prior to her fracture, the patient was completely independent. The fracture was fully treated at the hospital and then was admitted here for rehabilitation in need of the following short term and long term goals:

  • Patient to increase strength to facilitate improved functional mobility
  • Patient to safely perform functional transfers with correct hand/food placement for initiation/termination of tasks
  • Implementation of safety techniques with ability to achieve/maintain balance to facilitate increased participation with daily activities
  • Patient to safely ambulate on level surfaces using platform walker
  • Patient to safely perform toileting tasks using raised toilet seat/commode
  • Patient will safely and efficiently perform adaptive equipment
  • Patient to increase standing balance during ADLs
  • Patient to complete toilet/commode transfers

After completing both physical and occupational therapy to attain all of the above mentioned goals, the patient made consistent progress. Her functional abilities progressed as a result of skilled interventions and the patient reached maximum potential with skilled services. Upon initial evaluation, she required maximum assistance for transfers and had increased difficulty walking requiring increased assistance. Patient was discharged having attained all of her goals and safely walking with a platform walker.

Josephine was a joy to have in our community. Her perseverance to rise above her injury and her dedication to get back to being independent was contagious to all of our patients. She was determined to get back home to her husband and her daily life and that’s exactly what she did.