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

Patient’s Age: 95-years-old
Admission Date: 10/05/2019
Admitted From: Centennial Medical Center
Discharge Date: TBD
Discharge To: Home
Reason for Stay: Need for rehabilitation & medical oversight
How did the patient hear about Creekside Center? Hospital Referral

Details of Experience:
Accustomed to being healthy & independent, Ms. Willie Yeargin suddenly required assistance with her activities of daily living. Her decline in function, facial droop, and slurred speech caused the family to seek medical attention at Centennial Medical Center Emergency Room. She was admitted and treated for a stroke & cerebral aneurysm. During her hospital say, she went into atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). Once stabilized, it was recommended that she receive skilled therapy for generalized weakness, diminished strength to the left side, speech deficit & difficulty swallowing. After touring several communities, her daughter decided Creekside Center for Rehabilitation and Healing was their best option.

Ms. Yeargin and her family were immediately aware of the objective of Creekside Center staff to ensure she is well cared for and has a positive experience throughout her stay. The Concierge was the first face she saw when entering the community. She instantly made her feel “at home.” Ms. Yeargin declared, “Everyone made us feel so welcome!” The nursing staff were very attentive and knowledgeable in regards to her condition and alleviate their concerns. The initial evaluations by therapy staff showed she required maximum assistance with all aspects of self-care and maximum assistance for transfers & ambulation. She still presented issues with speech & swallowing.

After three weeks of therapy, she progressed to ambulating short distances with a walker & long distances (200 feet) with stand by assistance. She is amazed by her regained strength and stamina and celebrates that she no longer shuffles her feet when she walks. Her speech is clear and she no longer has difficulty swallowing. This success is attributed to prayer, patience, and hard work. She also highly commends the therapy staff, who show dedication to helping her reach her goals. They were described as, “wonderful, knowledgeable, and always encouraging.”

It is anticipated that Ms. Yeargin will be able to go home with family checking on her and offering support as needed. She has enjoyed her stay at Creekside Center but looks forward to getting back to her home which she calls a “gathering place for family and friends.” Her goal is to return to mentoring and counseling teenagers & young adults, as before her hospital stay. The Creekside Center team is honored to have played a part in Ms. Yeargin’s recovery and wish her all the best!!!