Case Study: Creekside Center for Rehabilitation and Healing (November 2019)

Patient’s Age: 68-years-old
Admission Date: 11/15/2019
Discharge To: Home
Reason for Stay: Fall
How did the patient hear about Creekside Center? Hospital Referral

Details of Experience:
After falling in her home, Brenda Wooten presented to Centennial Medical Center’s emergency room. She was found to have a right radial head fracture and a left patellar fracture, which required surgery. A knee immobilizer & sling was to be constantly worn. Since she was instructed to bear partial weight on one side, this created extreme challenges. It was recommended that she receive physical & occupational therapy in a short- term skilled rehabilitation center. She chose Creekside Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, as it was closest to her home.

Accompanied by her husband of forty-eight years, they arrived at the community with a positive first impression of Creekside Center. She was welcomed by the concierge and nursing staff who were determined to make sure she was at ease, and all her needs were met. Initially, it was evident that Ms. Wooten needed maximum assistance with transfers to make sure she was safe. She was also having a difficult time with bed mobility, sit to stand and all aspects of self-care. The therapy staff assisted Ms. Wooten in setting realistic goals & quickly began guiding her

During her stay, she enjoyed visiting other residents. She was surprised to come across a friend who she had not seen in a long time. They visited often. When it was time for therapy, she did not look forward to the tough challenges but always anticipated having a good time with the therapists. She said,” they were interesting and made me laugh.” She began to gain more confidence & strength in order to increase her independence. Learning how to use adaptive equipment to assist with completing activities was very helpful to her. She expressed gratitude for her eighty- year old mother who was an amputee. She shared how she taught her the importance of determination. According to Ms. Wooten, if you set your mind to doing something, with God’s help & the help of others, you can do it! Also, she focused on the things that she could do, rather than dwell upon her limitations.

Prior to discharge, she proved her ability to do what did not seem possible just ten days before. She is now able to walk fifty feet independently and safely with the use of a quad cane and still maintain partial weight-bearing. Activities of daily living are now accomplished with zero to minimal assistance. Before discharging, she confessed to becoming attached to the “really precious and awesome staff.” The Creekside Center team enjoyed Ms. Wooten’s company and was inspired by her willpower and optimism. We celebrate her meeting and exceeding expectations for improvement & look forward to her complete recovery.