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

Admission Date: 2/4/19
Patient: Costanza, Gloria
Patients Age: 85-years-old
Admitted From: Nyack Monifiore
Discharge Date: March 3, 2020
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 395 days
Reason for Stay: Hip Fracture

Details of Experience:
Following treatment for a hip fracture at Nyack Montefiore, Gloria was admitted to The Willows for continued therapy and rehabilitation. The Willows has always been in her family, however, as her husband was a patient during part of her stay, and her grandson Dale is an employee! The Willows’ team was glad to hear these connections allowed for an easy transition to their community.

Upon arrival, Gloria was greeted by the helpful concierge, Yehuda, and shown to her room. She was introduced to the staff who would be assisting in her care during her stay and then evaluated physically. Once she was settled in, Gloria was introduced to the incredible rehab team and evaluated by the physical and occupational therapy teams. A personalized plan was created for Gloria which would best suit her needs and help her fulfill her goal of returning home.

Once evaluated, Gloria began her road to recovery! Though physical therapy was limited at first due to her recent hip fracture, her therapists worked with her on strengthening her lower body using weights and resistance exercises. The focus was not only to recover her hip but to assist in regaining the lost strength and endurance sacrificed during immobile recovery.

On the contrary, Gloria’s occupational therapist worked on upper body strengthening and functionality. They used hand weights and bars, along with resistance bands of various intensities in order to return her previous function. In occupational therapy, Gloria also worked on performing daily living skills, such as dressing, personal hygiene, and oral care.

Working with Gloria was a wonderful experience, due to her personable personality. She has built a close relationship with her nurses, therapists, and supporting staff. She is always found smiling and has a kind word for everyone.

Gloria has since successfully been discharged home and is overjoyed to return to her independence. However, she has said she is sad to leave the friends she has made among the nurses, aides, therapists, and other team members. She will always have a place in the Willows’ team member’s hearts!