Patients Age: 78-years-old
Admitted From: GSH
Discharge Date: 12/19/18
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 66 days
Reason for Stay: 78-year-old male was hospitalized from Good Samaritan for lethargy and an infected diabetic ulcer. He has a history of Atrial Fibrillation, Arthritis, Chronic Kidney Disease, Obesity, Hypertension, and Colon Cancer. He also had a right heel wound that was non-weight bearing.
Joseph McDole came to the Willows on 10/12/18 from Good Samaritan Hospital. After his admission he was evaluated by Physical and Occupational Therapy, as well as Nursing. With the information from his medical records and from speaking with him personally, a plan and a set of goals were put in place. During his first month in therapy he was completely non-weight bearing on his right foot due to the wound on his right heel. Therapy was geared around strengthening his legs despite the fact he was unable to ambulate safely. Seated leg exercises with weights and resistance were provided as one method to return him back to his original and prior levels. He was also instructed to perform transfers while maintaining non-weight on his right foot. In mid November he was able to begin walking with the use of a boot as his strength had began to build.
As the weeks progressed, he was able to walk independently around The Willows with support of a rolling walker. Through the support of Occupational Therapy, he began to work on all of his morning ADL’s (activities of daily living) in preparation of a hopeful and anticipated return home. Due to his non-weight bearing status dressing sometimes came with great difficulty. With support, instruction, and training from his Occupational Therapist, he was able to begin slowly making progress, not only with his morning care, but also his ability to independently dress!
The concierge was constantly visiting him and looking out for his needs. Another thing that aided his recovery was the frequent visits from his family. His daughter came to visit him at least once a day during meal times. Joseph always ate his meals in the dining room to interact with other residents and patients. He really enjoyed his meals and the conversations and laughs had with others around him.
The day for Joseph to return home finally came as he was now able to adapt to his non-weight bearing status and his adaptive equipment. He was confident in his ability to now lead an independent and functional lifestyle. Joseph was extremely happy with his stay and care provided to him here at The Willows. We wish him nothing but the very best moving forward!