Case Study: The Willows at Ramapo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (April 2020)

Patient’s Name: Susan R.
Patient’s Age: 78-years-old
Admission Date: 03/11/20
Admitted From: Good Samaritan Hospital
Discharge Date: 04/24/20
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 43 days
Reason for Stay: Laceration of Cerebrum

Details of Experience:
Following three devastating falls, Susan was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a laceration of the cerebrum. Prior to her injury, she had been living with her family and was assisted by an aide three times a week with morning care. Susan was admitted to The Willows to continue recovering from her falls and increase her mobility and independence. Susan was greeted by The Willows’ Director of Concierge Services, Yehuda, who escorted her to her room. She was subsequently assessed by the interdisciplinary clinical team to create a customized plan to meet her specific needs and goals.

In the first few days, Susan had some difficulty during her therapy. She was very limited in her participation due to prolonged inactivity and weakness. She needed maximum assistance with daily activities and mobility and was totally dependent upon the assistance of the staff. Her main goal was to return to her baseline prior to the injury, of only needing medium levels of assistance. The Willows’ occupational therapy team assisted Susan in practicing daily living skills. Starting with self-care skills, therapy assisted her to work up to completing her morning routine and dressing with as little assistance as possible. With hard work and perseverance, the Willows’ team was able to help Susan return to her baseline, needing only supervision and contact guard, and completing tasks with minimal assistance.

As Susan progressed in her recovery, she kept her high spirits and bright attitude. She was visited daily by Yehuda, and always had a kind word, sweet smile, and entertaining joke for the team, who loved to see her each day! She greatly enjoyed partaking in regular video calls with her son and granddaughter and was always thanking the staff for their continued assistance. In a little over a month, Susan was able to make impressive strides towards recovery and returned safely home. Susan proved that a positive attitude really can make all the difference in the world, and the Willows’ team was proud to assist her in her recovery and return home.