Case Study: Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center (October 2020)

Patient’s Age: 76-years-old
Initial Admission Date: 10/01/2020
Admission (re-entry) Date: 10/16/2020
Admitted From: Overlook Hospital
Discharge Date: 10/30/2020
Reason for Stay: Weakness, UTI. Re-Admit: Post joint replacement surgery
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Online research

Details of Experience:
Mary S.’s life before coming to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center seemed simple, at best. She loved to go antiquing, painting, and gardening. Once quarantine began, her outdoor activities were limited, but she enjoyed relaxing at home and reading. There was only one problem; Mary was unable to walk fully without experiencing pain. She had a scheduled surgery to take place, finally, after multiple reschedules. She knew she was going to need subacute rehabilitation after her surgery to further heal. Being proactive, Mary did some research, saw Chatham Hills Subacute online and was in contact with Helyne, our Director of Admissions.

Mary could not handle the pain any longer. She called Helyne to set up an admission until she was cleared for surgery. She required assistance with all activities of daily living and simply was in too much pain.

Mary was admitted to Chatham Hills Subacute Care Center from home initially on October 1, 2020. She was diagnosed with weakness and suffering from a urinary tract infection. Upon admission to Chatham Hills, Mary was greeted by several of our interdisciplinary staff. She was welcomed at the door by our Director of Admissions and receptionist before being escorted to her room.

The day following her admission, Mary was evaluated by physical and occupational therapy. Mary was scheduled for a hip arthroplasty multiple times, but unfortunately had to be rescheduled due to a UTI onset. With her therapists present, they set goals and plans to get her back home safely!

During her initial assessment, she presented with decreased mobility and pain due to arthritis in her right hip. She was only able to ambulate 40 feet with supervised assistance, unable to support herself standing and overall difficulty with her activities of daily living. She was unable to return home, as she has stairs to climb and has been having increased difficulty. The Chatham Hills team was there to help. When asked, “what is your goal for therapy, while you are here in our community,” her response was, “That after my surgery, Chatham Hills will help me become more mobile, and walk up and down my stairs independently.” Her therapists knew she had a planned surgery and were dedicated to getting her as strong as possible beforehand.

Progressing the best she could in therapy, it was finally the day of Mary’s surgery! On October 14, 2020, she was directly admitted to Overlook Medical Center. After a successful surgery, Mary could now participate in therapy to her full extent. She was evaluated back into therapy on October 16, 2020. She made progress the first time with us, but still could not ambulate without pain or attempt stairs. Her therapists were eager to work with her again because they were familiar with her routine. She was motivated and ready to fully heal!

Throughout her stay and before her anticipated discharge, Mary was pleased with our staff and the care we provided her. She described them as, “miraculous.” She stated, “everything is going really well. I am really amazed at how well I feel, and I contribute that to the therapy, here, at Chatham Hills”.

When her discharge date was approaching, Mary could officially walk up and down a total of 8 steps, compared to the 0 steps when she was admitted, and can stand without pain, transfer and walk over 100 feet!

Team Chatham Hills was excited to congratulate Mary on her amazing progress and ability to rehabilitate, rejuvenate, recover, and return home!