Case Study: The Willows at Ramapo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (April 2017)

Patients Age: 79
Admission Date: 4/07/17
Admitted From: Good Samaritan Hospital
Discharge Date: 5/8/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 32 Days
Reason for Stay: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Hypertension
How did this patient hear about Ramapo Manor? Lives in the area

Details of Experience:

Van arrived to The Willows with a diagnosis of CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE and Hypertension. Van is a 79-year-old male who has always been independent, working very hard in his mechanic shop. Occupational & physical therapy is currently working with him in the Cardio/Pulmonary program. Van lives at home with family; he leads an active lifestyle, which he hopes to return to after he is discharged from our community.

Due to his COPD and hypertension, he has become oxygen dependent and requires continuous supplemental oxygen 24/7. The COPD has also decreased his exercise tolerance overall. He must take short breaks with standing activities and ambulation. Van has to make many adjustments to his life to adapt to his condition. During his therapy Van uses an electric portable oxygen concentrator, which helps facilitate his independent active lifestyle.

Van has made great strides with his therapy during his time here at The Willows. His family is also very impressed with his progress. He has a weekly six minute walk test and has made improvements each week with distance and time of breaks. He has learned and demonstrated many of the energy conservation techniques taught to him during therapy. He is now more aware of his condition and how it can affect him during his day-to-day activities. He has been able to do less seated breaks with activity and ambulation and learned to do more standing breaks during moments of fatigue. With the current amount of progress that Van has achieved thus far, we look forward to continuing to support him with our goal of returning him home.