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Success Story: Sandra

Sandra O’Neal came to The Gardens of Orangeville having been experiencing physical weakness. Sandra was in pain and had difficulty performing simple tasks such as self-feeding and walking.

Sandra and her therapy team developed a plan to restore her strength, ambulation, and ability to complete ADLs. In short time, with self-determination, Sandra was able to return to return home. Upon discharge, Sandra was able to walk, complete upper body care, and required some assist with lower body care.

Before leaving the facility, Sandra thanked the staff, saying, “I want to thank the PT and OT departments here at The Gardens of Orangeville for getting me to where I am today. A few months ago I could not able to walk or feed myself. I now can do both. Without your help I would not be where I am today. The entire staff here has helped me a lot.”

Success Story: Ron

I came to The Gardens at Blue Ridge having fractured my knee. When I first got here, I was in so much pain, I was in tears! But once I began therapy that all started to change. There I met a young lady named Karla, she was my PT Instructor. Karla became my best friend at the facility. Each day, she talked me through the therapy. At times, when I felt like giving up, she was there by my side to encourage me. Karla (and Brenda!) believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself – for that I am especially grateful!

The entire therapy staff was patient with me during this challenging period and as time went on, things became easier and easier. I eventually began to accomplish things I thought I’d never be able to do again! For example, the stairs were my biggest fear! But with each climb the physical therapy team was there to talk me through it.

When the time came to prepare for discharge, Carrie and Dan stepped in to help facilitate my transition home – it was happening!

Thanks to the therapy team, we did it! WE DID IT!!!

I’d like to recognize the following therapists for exceptional work and helping me get to this point!

Karla, Carrie, Brenda, Dan, Laura, Eric, and Donny. I will miss everybody!

         – Ron McGee

Success Story: Lois

Lois Grant had been living at home alone up until her recent hospitalization. Lois lived in the neighborhood, just down the block from our facility and so when her health declined, she turned to the therapy team at The Mansion for rehabilitation services.

Lois received comprehensive physical and occupational therapy to increase her safety, strength, and endurance with household tasks. Her goal was to return home safely and independently.

In just 3 weeks time, Lois was able to reach her prior level of function and return to her home down the street. Upon discharge, Lois expressed her gratitude the the therapy staff, and added, “One thing that is important for me is that the people who work here are personal and fantastic to me.  I’ve never been exposed to this level of kindness!”

Success Story: William

William Hoyt came to The Gardens of Easton after being hospitalized with pneumonia and failure to thrive. Upon arrival, William was deconditioned and had difficulty:

  • Getting in/out of bed: Required 25% assistance
  • Walking: Required 25% assistance; up to 100 feet with rolling walker; was a high risk for falls
  • Climbing stairs: Unable to perform
  • Wash and dress self: Required 75% assistance
  • Eating and swallowing regular texture foods; was at risk for aspiration pneumonia

Working with our therapy teams, William’s goals was to regain his strength so that he could return home and regain his independence! In less than a month of intensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy, William was now able to:

  • Get in/out of bed and stand up from both a bed and chair with independence
  • Walk with a rolling walker more than 300 feet with independence
  • Walk up and down more than 15 steps with modified independence (use of a rail only)
  • Wash and dress himself with independence
  • Low fall risk when standing and walking
  • Ability to eat and swallow regular texture meals without signs/symptoms of aspiration

William demonstrated hard work, determination, perseverance, and commitment daily to achieve his goals. With strong therapy support, William has now reached his goals is set to return home. Our team is excited to congratulate William for his tremendous achievements here at The Gardens at Easton!

The Gardens at York Terrace Named Among Highest Rated Nursing Homes in PA

The federal government has given 149 nursing homes in Pennsylvania – The Gardens at York Terrace among them – a five-star rating after tweaking the way it assesses thousands of nursing homes nationwide.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last month revised its inspection process and began providing improved staffing details and new quality metrics. The changes were aimed at providing more transparent and meaningful information about the quality of care that residents receive.

See The Bethlehem Patch article listing the facilities here.

The Gardens at Easton Named Among Highest Rated Nursing Homes in PA

The federal government has given 149 nursing homes in Pennsylvania – The Gardens at Easton among them – a five-star rating after tweaking the way it assesses thousands of nursing homes nationwide.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last month revised its inspection process and began providing improved staffing details and new quality metrics. The changes were aimed at providing more transparent and meaningful information about the quality of care that residents receive.

See The Bethlehem Patch article listing the facilities here.

Mansion Resident Celebrated 103rd Birthday at Facility! [See Video]

VIDEO: ABC16 News Coverage

It was a big day for the residents at Nursing and Rehabilitation at the Mansion in Sunbury. Dorothy Zsido turned 103 years young. Employees threw her a party.

“He surprised me. You surprised me. They surprised me. Everyone surprised me,” Dorothy said.

Dorothy grew up in Mount Carmel with more than a dozen brothers and sisters. She worked at a shirt factory and raised four children. Her son Gerald was at the party. “For 103, it’s amazing. It really is. She could–with the help of her walker–she just gets up and goes,” Gerald said.

Happy 103rd birthday, Dorothy!

Success Story: JoJo

JoJo, 78, was diagnosed with right lower extremity edema. She has multiple medical diagnoses including bipolar disorder, right lower extremity acute embolism, and DVT, right leg cellulitis, and hypomanic episode. JoJo also presented with a past medical history of breast cancer.

When she was first evaluated she had significant weakness and required assistance with walking, dressing, toileting and bathing. JoJo had bright spirits and was motivated to participate in therapy.

While at Neptune Gardens, JoJo was given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities with our Activities Department. JoJo thrived on social interaction through a variety of social events including our monthly birthday party, arts and crafts, current events, and ice cream social; JoJo was able to easily make friends through her outgoing personality and friendly nature.

Throughout her time at Neptune Gardens, JoJo became able to walk more than 200 feet and dress herself with minimal to no assistance and was able to return home with her sister.

Success Story: Robert

Robert came to Barre Gardens with a diagnosis of COPD Muscle Weakness, post op Bowel obstruction. Robert had an above the knee amputation many years earlier. He lived at home with his wife, and was independent with all his care, used a power wheelchair and drove his own van.

Upon admission he was extremely weak and deconditioned. Robert was significantly fatigued with the easy task of feeding, washing his face or sitting upright.  He was unable to safely transfer or use his powerchair which upset him tremendously.

He was sent back to Hospital for hydration, at the time family was considering Comfort Care.

Robert returned to Barre Gardens and improved every day. After a week of hard dedicated work with Therapy, he was able to transfer and drive his power chair safely! (Which made him very happy) Robert could self-feed, dress self, bath and get on and off the toilet with limited assistance.

Robert returned home with his wife with a much brighter outlook on life, within under 2 weeks.

Success Story: Mike

Mike, 74, presented to the Emergency Department after sustaining a fall at home resulting in an anterior-superior acetabular fracture which extended into the right iliac bone decompressing into the right sacroiliac joint with a nondisplaced fracture of the right inferior pubic ramus. Mike was placed on right lower extremity foot flat weight bearing precautions.

Upon arriving at Gardens at East Mountain Mike was evaluated by Physical and Occupational Therapy teams and found to have significant self care and functional mobility deficits secondary to RLE pain and limitations of weight bearing status. Mike required total dependence for all self-care, bed mobility and transfers. In addition, he was non-ambulatory and required use of a mechanical lift.

Our Physical and Occupational Therapy teams focused on both upper and lower extremity strengthening programs as well as stand tolerance while maintaining weight bearing precautions which progressed to performing transfers and ambulation with initiation of self-care tasks. He had difficulty maintaining his weight bearing throughout his therapy stay.

In short time, Mike was progressed to weight bearing as tolerated to right lower extremity and initiated stair climbing with physical therapy.  Upon Discharge from the Gardens, Mike is now able to perform all self-care with supervision and transfers with stand by assist.  He is walking 200 feet with a Rolling Walker and stand by assist with the ability to negotiate 4 steps with contact guard assist.

Mike is a personality we will never forget at The Gardens; we are going to miss Mike saying “coming out “whenever he propelled out of a doorway.  He is now back home with his son enjoying the nice weather. We will miss you Mike.

Success Story: Ronald

Ronald Burdge came to The Gardens of Easton having been hospitalized with worsening shortness of breath due to increased fluid in his lungs. Following hospitalization, Ronald came to the Gardens of Easton very de-conditioned, and during the evaluation it was determined he had difficulty with:

  • Getting in/out of bed and standing up from a bed/chair and needed 75% assist
  • Walking and could only walk with 75% assist up to 10 feet with a rolling walker
  • Ability to wash and dress myself independently and needed 75-100% assist
  • Safety when standing and walking and was a high risk for falls
  • Ability to recall recent information and demonstrate safety awareness needing 50% cueing

In just a little over a month of intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy, Ronald was now able to:

  • Get in/out of bed and stand up from both a bed and chair with modified independence
  • Walk with a rolling walker up to 500 feet with modified independence
  • Wash and dress myself with modified independence
  • Standing and walking at a low fall risk
  • Recall recent information and demonstrate safety awareness without cueing

Ronald has demonstrated hard work, determination, perseverance, and commitment daily to achieve his goals. With strong therapy support, Ronald has now reached his goals and is nearing discharge to LIVE HIS INDEPENDENCE! Our team is excited to congratulate Ronald for all his success and wish him the best of luck! Ronald has been a bright addition to our days and will surely be missed!

Success Story: Donna

Donna Sewalk, a Coal Township native, came to Nursing and Rehabilitation at the Mansion for rehabilitation services due to a recent medical decline. Donna received Physical and Occupational therapy services to get her to her previous performance level, in order to return home, as she was weak and unable to tolerate much activity initially.

Donna has been able to reach her prior level of function with her goals within a week and a half to increase her safety, strength, balance, and endurance with household tasks.

 

Success Story: Mr. & Mrs. Doss

Mr. and Mrs. Doss came to Waterbury Gardens within two weeks of each other.

Working with the lovely couple, our therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with attainable strategic objectives. With a focus on strengthening, pain management and mobility, in short time, Mr. and Mrs. had achieved their therapy goals and returned home safely and successfully!

They came down to therapy each day together, worked out together and in short time walked out of the facility together!

Success Story: Deborah

Deborah Everett came to The Gardens at Scranton following multiple fractures resulting in her having decreased mobility and inability to care for herself.

Deborah and her therapy team developed a plan to restore her strength, ambulation, and ability to complete ADLs.  Her goal was to return to her personal care home.

After several weeks of therapy, nursing care, and self-determination, Deborah was able to return to her personal care home. She returned a few weeks later to visit with her favorite therapists, saying, ”I wouldn’t have been able to walk without the therapy team. I love them all”

Success Story: Raymond

Meet Raymond, an Army veteran who was stationed in Korea and Hawaii, serving a total of five years. His main job in the Army was to maintain the communications on the base. After discharge from the service, he put those skills to work and worked in telecommunications hooking up systems in private sector across the country.

Raymond came to The Gardens at West Shore after suffering a stroke for rehabilitation with the goal of being able to return home. Raymond recalls, “I was not able to eat, and I was in a wheelchair. Eventually I got to be able to use a walker and started to get better.”

Raymond leaves us today to return home, walking out the front door on his own two feet. He said the first thing that he is going to do when he gets home is “Have a drink on my own couch, in my own apartment and put my feet up.”

“It’s been a process,” Raymond describes. “I would tell others that started where I started to put your heart into it and just keep going.”

Cindy, RN remembers Raymond as always pushing himself to continue to improve and remembers shortly after Raymond started walking with a cane he would walk all over the nursing unit several times a day. One day she saw him leaning against the handrail in the hallway rubbing his back. She asked him what was wrong and he said, “My back hurts because I am walking. My back is tight.” He was offered a chair or pain medication and his response was, “No, I need to keep walking. I need to get stronger. I am going to push through this.” She was so impressed with his determination. And he did, keep right on walking!

Success Story: Gaetano

Gaetano Bankes came to The Gardens at Orangeville having been hospitalized seven times for various medical conditions. Gaetano was determined to get stronger to allow himself to ambulate and perform self-care tasks independently.

Working with Gaetano, our therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with attainable strategic objectives. In short time, Gaetano had achieved his therapy goal!

Success Story: Barbara

Barbara Hewitt, 71, came to the Gardens at Stroud after sustaining a fall which resulted in a fractured right hip and requiring a total hip replacement. Barbara had previously worked in this facility as a hair dresser and requested to come to The Gardens of Stroud for her therapy.

In just 2 weeks, Barbara was ready to return to her Assisted Living Facility with her independence! She learned how to use the long handled adaptive equipment in order to dress herself independently while maintaining her total hip precautions.

The newest additions to her family were her rolling walker that she required to ambulate safely, and her raised toilet sit to maintain hip precautions, until her hip could heal completely.

Barbara was just a pleasure to work with during therapy! She was very complimentary of the rehab staff and stated she had an overall awesome experience! She was reassured that she made the right decision and wouldn’t hesitate to come back to The Gardens of Stroud again!

Success Story: Caroline

Caroline, 47 year came to Barre Gardens suffering from a severe chronic ulcer on her left heel and mid foot and was diagnosed with Osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone. In addition, Caroline had been experiencing muscle weakness.

Upon admission, Caroline was non-weight bearing and on IV antibiotics. She required assistance to transfer to a wheelchair and to perform ADLs and after a couple of weeks she was independent with transfers.

Caroline learned to use a knee walker and was able to walk 100+ feet! As part of her rehab, Caroline, loved to bake! You could smell the fresh cake and bread way down the hall. The Administrator was always 1st to try out the goodies. Caroline always made enough to share with nursing staff and her roommate. She even learned Suduko to keep herself sharp and pass time.

After 67 days Caroline finally reached her goal and became weight-bearing!

Success Story: Debra

Debra collapsed at home in her driveway of a Cardiac Arrest. Luckily a neighbor who happened to be driving by witnessed what had happened and called 911. First responders shocked Debra 8 times before she came back to life. Ironically one of the EMTs who saved her life had been trained by her when she previously had been working as an EMT.

No one was sure if Debra would survive the Heart Attack or if she did, what cognitive damages she would have. It was determined that Debra would require Coronary Artery Bypass surgery as well as several additional other procedures. Following surgery, Debra was kept in intensive care for 30 days before she came to Barre Gardens for rehabilitation.

Debra experienced sternal pain and was deconditioned post-surgery. Debra longed for her independence and was determined to be able to fly to Seattle to live with family once cleared by her doctor.

While at Barre Gardens Debra worked with our Physical and Occupational Therapy teams with regard to pain control, ambulation, endurance, ADL’s and conquering the stairs. In addition, Debra learned to prepare her own meals and sternal precautions.

Following her discharge, Debra was proudly able to walk the length of the Mall with her family. She was in Barre Gardens for 20 days and was able to achieve her goals and return to live with family!

 

Success Story: William

William Dawson, or “Bill” as he is affectionately known, arrived at The Gardens at West Shore wearing his trademark oh-so contagious smile! Bill became well known throughout the facility for his warm, outgoing and friendly personality and just a pleasure to be with.

Working with Bill, our therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with attainable strategic objectives. We are proud to say that Bill has achieved all his therapy goals and has returned home to his beloved husky puppy, “Princess”.

Congratulations Bill, from all of us at The Gardens at West Shore! We’ll be missing you!

Farewell Party for William at the facility.

Success Story: Mike

Michael Miller, or “Mike” as he is affectionately known, arrived at The Gardens at Millville having experienced a series of falls at home.

Working with Mike, our therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with attainable strategic objectives.

We are proud to say that Mike has achieved his stated goal of “driving off in his truck” and being able to return to life at home.

Mike is what you would call a “social butterfly” and during his stay at The Gardens at Millville, he attended numerous activities and programs – always having a blast! One could always find Mike in a recreation room surrounded by other residents talking and laughing – Mike’s charming and uplifting presence will surely be missed!

Mike, way to go! Congratulations from your family at The Gardens at Millville!

The Gardens at West Shore Partners with SEIU, Conducts Mental Health First Aid Training for Nursing Staff

March 20, 2019 – Nursing staff at The Gardens at West Shore recently completed Mental Health First Aid training. The 8-hour course, accredited through The National Council for Behavioral Health, provides trainees with the skills to assist residents who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. In addition, trainees are introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families. Topics covered include depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders.

Mental Health First Aid training equips our staff with the necessary skills to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges in the residents we serve while providing the empathy and social skills they need when serving our residents.” Says Beverly Fry, Administrator, adding, “We were stunned by the response of the training; it exceeded our expectations by great measure.”

The course is the latest initiative of a joint partnership between the The Gardens at West Shore and the SEIU Training and Education Fund. “The needs of residents are changing and hospitals are referring more patients with psych needs”, says Tara Toms, Career Pathway Project Director & Program Specialist at The Training & Education Fund. Staff at participating facilities, such as The Gardens at West Shore, are taking the initiative to gain more relevant skills; driven by the desire to provide the best possible care to their residents.”

“This is just another way in which The Gardens at West Shore is working with The Training Fund and SEIU Union to provide opportunities for career advancement.” Explains, Ms. Toms, adding, “Working hand in hand, we are offering professional upgrades, certifications, and tuition funding so that employees can “earn and learn” their way to higher level degrees.”

Success Story: Mike

Michael Miller, or “Mike” as he is affectionately known, arrived at The Gardens at Millville having experienced a series of falls at home.

Working with Mike, our therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with attainable strategic objectives.

We are proud to say that Mike has achieved his stated goal of “driving off in his truck” and being able to return to life at home.

Mike is what you would call a “social butterfly” and during his stay at The Gardens at Millville, he attended numerous activities and programs – always having a blast! One could always find Mike in a recreation room surrounded by other residents talking and laughing – Mike’s charming and uplifting presence will surely be missed!

Mike, way to go! Congratulations from your family at The Gardens at Millville!

Success Story: Carl

Back in December, Carl Steager lost his dear wife of over 50 years. Shortly after, at a time when things appeared like they couldn’t get any worse, Carl was involved in a motor vehicle accident on his way home from work and was hospitalized.

Carl came to The Gardens at Gettysburg having been discharged from the hospital and in need of rehabilitation, specifically pertaining to strengthening. Upon admission, Carl required the use of a walker with supervision and had difficulty remembering where he was.

Working with Carl, our therapy teams developed a recovery plan to Carl regain his strength and memory so he could return home.

Following a couple of weeks of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Carl could be seen ambulating throughout the facility independently without a walker! He would enjoy socializing with others and even reading independently. He returned home very happily with the hopes of returning to work!

In short time, Robert had achieved his therapy goals and together we’ve made his dream of returning home a reality!

Success Story: Catherine

Catherine Barone, 80, came to The Gardens at Stroud suffering from COPD and muscle weakness.

Upon admission, Catherine required maximum assistance for all transfers and could only ambulate 10 feet with a rolling walker along with moderate assistance from the therapist. In addition, Catherine required maximum assistance with all self-care tasks, including toileting.

Catherine was determined to get stronger to allow herself to ambulate to the bathroom and complete her toileting task with supervision.

Working with Catherine, our therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with attainable strategic objectives.

In short time, Catherine had achieved her therapy goal! Catherine now ambulates 100 feet with the rolling walker and supervision and is able to transfer to the bathroom and complete her toileting tasks with supervision.

Catherine is thrilled with the care she has received at the Gardens of Stroud and is grateful to the therapy personnel for getting her back on her feet!

Success Story: Helen

Helen Breiner came to the The Gardens of Easton after been hospitalized following a fall in which she sustained a significant left arm fracture. Following her hospitalization, Helen was unable to weight bear through her left arm. Upon admission to The Gardens, Helen had difficulty with the following:

  • Getting in/out of bed and chair: 25-50% assistance
  • Washing/Dressing: 75-100% assistance
  • Walking: 25% assistance up to 60 feet
  • Stair Climbing: Unable to perform
  • Standing: High risk for falls

In just a little over a month of intensive physical and occupational therapy, Helen was able to:

  • Get in/out of bed and stand up from both a bed and chair with independence
  • Walk without a device for over 300 feet with independence
  • Walk up and down over 15 steps with modified independence (use of a rail only)
  • Wash and dress with modified independence and one-handed techniques
  • Low fall risk when standing and walking

Helen demonstrated hard work, determination and a daily commitment to achieve her goals. With strong therapy support, Helen has now reached her goals and is returning home! Our therapy teams are excited to congratulate Helen for all her success and wish her the best of luck as she returns home!

Success Story: Maria

Maria, 64 came to The Gardens at Wyoming Valley following a hospitalization due to lower extremity cellulitis, Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), and both renal and respiratory failure.

Previously, Maria was independent with all functional tasks and resided locally at home with her grandson. Upon admission to The Gardens, Maria was unable to stand and ambulate and required total assistance for bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming and functional transfers. In addition, Maria presented with decreased activity tolerance.

Working with Maria, our therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with attainable strategic objectives. Maria met each challenge with fortitude and determination, together we made her goal of returning home a reality – congratulations Maria upon this tremendous milestone!

Success Story: Bob

Robert, or “Bob” as he is affectionately known, came to The Gardens at Millville following a hospitalization to address injuries brought on by multiple falls and a mini stroke.

Working with Bob, our therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with attainable strategic objectives.

In short time, Bob had achieved all his therapy goals and has returned home! Bob had dreamed of returning to his beloved family (and pets!) – together we’ve made that goal a reality!

“Everyone at the facility went above and beyond to see that my father in law was taken care of,” said Kim Keck, Bob’s daughter-in-law, adding, “We are extremely happy with the care he received. His therapy staff, Josh and Mike were both caring and sincere when working with my father in law.”

Success Story: Rose

Spirited and on-the-ball, Rose, 90, loves living her “best life” and until recently, was quite independent and an active member in her community.” Then one day, Rose fell and fractured her hip. Having undergone reparative surgery, Rose’s concerned yet optimistic family turned to the Gardens at York Terrace for rehabilitation services.

Working with Rose, our therapy staff developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan along with attainable strategic objectives. In just 3 weeks, Rose achieved her therapy goals and regained her independence! Rose had dreamed of returning home (and to her favorite casinos!) – together we’ve made those goals a reality!

Success Story: Sandra

Sandra Welch to Chicopee Gardens following a hospitalization due to a bad fall. Lacked stability in her legs and having trouble walking – Sandra needed help.

Needing help is something Sandra knew quite well. You see, Sandra had previously served as a nurse at this very facility and has seen the challenges and successes of rehabilitation first hand. Through her experience, she also understood the importance of having a dedicated and professional therapy team.

Working with Sandra, our physical and occupational therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Sandra gain strength and stability in her legs and return home.

We are proud to say that Sandra has met her therapy goals and has returned home!

“I can walk the steps and I have better control.  Be proud of your teaching abilities and remember all your hard work is appreciated”  – Sandra Welch

Success Story: Ann

Ann Walsh came to The Gardens at Scranton following a long and difficult hospitalization. Ann had been experiencing weakness, decreased endurance, difficulty with ambulation, and required assistance to complete activities of daily living (ADL).

Working with Ann, our therapy teams developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Ann return home to her beloved husband.

We are proud to say that with much hard work and her “can-do” spirit, Ann achieved her recovery goal and has returned home!

“Therapy helped me achieve my goal of going home within 3 weeks after 2 months in the hospital!” – Ann Walsh

Success Story: Malcolm

Malcolm came to Waterbury Gardens for rehab having dislocated both hips.

Working with Malcolm, our physical therapy team developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Malcolm improve his activities of daily living (ADL) and mobility task performance levels so that he could safely return home.

We are proud to say that Malcolm has met all his rehab goals and has returned home!

Success Story: Lou

Sixteen months ago Louis Glosson’s life changed forever. He was a typical male living his life and doing his thing.  Lou stated “I was visiting a buddy of mine and got in my car to leave.”  Little did he know that the drive home would be so horrible.  A king cab double wheeled pick-up truck hit Lou’s car due to the driver falling asleep.  While Lou was driving his neon, he was pushed back and hit a tree which caused the pick-up truck to finally stop.  Lou broke multiple bones, had multiple surgeries and was in very rough shape to say the least.

Lou was brought to our facility in December of 2017 where he started therapy right away.  From December of 2017 to March of 2019 Lou has been in and out of therapy including speech, occupational and physical therapy.  I came to this facility in March of 2018 and Lou was on caseload then.  Initially he needed a hoyer lift to get out of bed and into a standard wheelchair.  I have also seen him not be able to raise either arm above his head and need total assistance for all his bathing and dressing.

Over the last year our therapists have seen the potential in Lou and have heard his Long term goal of one day leaving the facility and going home to Milwaukee Wisconsin.  As soon as this goal was brought up, the therapy department tweaked his goal to “we will watch you walk out of this facility with a walker.”   Last March it seemed like a long, possibly unachievable goal.  The PT department pushed Lou- they made him start to stand in the parallel bars and by taking baby steps with the team Lou progressed to ambulating with a rolling walker.

When Lou would participate in therapy and ambulate with his rolling walker through the hallways, staff including nursing, social work, managers and other residents would stand cheer and clap for Lou.  His efforts were noticed by all.  Lou continued with therapy and persevered to where he was able to complete exercises with his arms and gain strength in his upper body.  With all of these components coming together, Lou’s family started the ball rolling.

Lou had a prosthetic when he was in his accident that shattered during the impact.  We contacted Hanger and were able to get him casted and molded-he received a brand new prosthetic which increased his ambulation.  Knowing that his goal was to be Independent in the community OT spoke with a wheelchair vendor that was able to get Lou a power tilt in space wheelchair which makes community mobility easier.  Lou did training with our OT department and became completely independent with using the power chair.

Two months ago, I received a call from Lou’s sister stating “on February 28, we will be taking Lou home to Milwaukee.”  His family arranged for him to transport all his equipment from therapy, and has arranged and furnished an ADA apartment for Lou to reside.

Lou’s story is unique because of all the challenges and obstacles Lou had to overcome-not just physically but mentally and emotionally to get to a point where he is able to go home.  He has become part of the therapy department and part of our family here.   We are very proud of Lou and all he has done!  He walked out of the facility on February 28 with a rolling walker and the biggest smile I have ever seen on his face.

Success Story: Kevin*

Kevin*, 36, came to Neptune Gardens having been diagnosed with Eagle-Barret (also known as Prune Belly Syndrome), a rare, genetic birth defect. It is a congenital disorder of the urinary system characterized by a triad of symptoms, including cryptorchidism, abdominal wall deficits, and genitourinary deficits. In addition, Kevin presented with end stage renal disease with two failed kidney replacements and on dialysis since the age of 21, aortic insufficiency, hypertension, osteopenia due to chronic steroid use, bilateral hip replacements, and he was receiving peritoneal dialysis.

One day, Kevin experienced a fall at home.  The accident resulted in extensive fractures. Kevin had a left distal humerus fracture, right proximal humerus, right radial neck fracture, right periprosthetic femur fracture, right tibia fibia fracture, and left humeral fracture.  He had ORIFs of the right femur, and bilateral humerus. Kevin  was bed bound, fed via feeding tube, and intubated after becoming hypoxic. The progress had been made complicated by multiple re-hospitalizations for a variety of reasons, as he awaited aortic valve replacement surgery.

Upon admission to Neptune Gardens, Kevin experienced severe pain and was bed bound for approximately four months due to non-weight bearing status on all four extremities. Kevin worked with occupational therapy, using long handled utensils, to self feed and worked with physical therapy for range of motion and sitting.

Within this month, Kevin was ready and able to visit his brother’s home for a visit with his family, and he was able to attend a concert with his friends. Despite his medical complications and often not feeling well, Kevin has made significant strides and hopes to return home one day.

*Name changed to protect resident’s identity. Photos shared with permission.

Success Story: Donald

Donald Teeter came to The Gardens at Easton following a recent hospitalization; showing significant de-conditioning and a decrease in:

  • Overall leg strength resulting in limitations to my functional mobility
  • Getting in/out of bed and standing up from a bed/chair, now needing 75%-100% assist
  • Ability to walk; only able to walk 75 feet with 75% assist versus 300 feet without assist
  • Ability to maintain my balance with mobility and was a high fall risk

Working with Donald, our therapy teams developed an comprehensive recovery plan and workable timeline – our goal was to help Donald regain his strength and return to independence with walking.

In a little over a month of intensive skilled therapy, Donald was able to:

  • INDEPENDENTLY get in/out of bed and stand up from both a bed and chair
  • INDEPENDENTLY walk over 500 feet with a rolling walker, which is even farther than when I first came to The Gardens of Easton!
  • Perform mobility at a low to no fall risk

Donald has demonstrated hard work, determination, perseverance, and commitment daily to achieve his goals. With strong staff and therapy support, Donald has reached his therapy goals. Donald has always brought laughs and smiles with his one of a kind personality, and the therapy team is excited to congratulate him for all his success!

Success Story: John

John Singer, 66, was admitted to the hospital after a fall down steps at home which resulted in multiple rib fractures, shortness of breath, and pulmonary compromise. To make matters worse, John’s hospitalization was complicated by respiratory failure requiring intubation and ventilator dependence for a considerable amount of time.

John was came to The Gardens at East Mountain on 2 liters of oxygen as needed. He was admitted into Skilled Therapy Services as well as the Pulmonary Rehab Program. Upon admission, John presented with decreased upper and lower body strength with both balance and activity tolerance impairments highly impacting his functional mobility. He required Maximum Assistance to perform bed mobility and transfers with the ability to walk 100 feet with utilization of a Rolling Walker and Minimal Assistance.  John required total dependence to perform self care and toileting.

John received Physical, Occupational, and Respiratory therapy services during his stay where all disciplines began to see a significant change in both his physical mobility and his outlook on life.  John soon transitioned to room air and progressed in his respiratory status with use of incentive spirometry, acapella, and the Respiratory Muscle Trainer. John no longer required encouragement to get out of bed to participation but began wheeling himself down to the therapy department on his own making his own schedule with the therapists.  As his strength and endurance began to improve, John’s motivation sky rocketed, and he began to plan what he was going to cook for the therapy department to show off his culinary skills.

John progressed in performing his self-care to complete independence while his OT focus progressed to homemaking tasks.  He was now able to walk around the entire building with a Rolling Walker.  Upon his discharge from the Gardens, John was Independent for all aspects of functional mobility with and without the use of a rolling walker and had the ability to negotiate a full flight of stairs independently.

John cooked the therapy department Monte Cristo Sandwiches, Jalapeño Western Omelets, and his Grand Finale of Lobster Dinner! John’s wife and grandson Liam were invited to The Gardens at East Mountain first ever Lobster Fest.  The therapy department donated the lobster and all the fixings and John cooked it to perfection independently without an assistive device.

There was no other day more appropriate for John Singer to DC home with the love of his life other than Valentine’s Day.  John walked to his own car completely independent leaving us all with the satisfaction of a job well done but knowing that we will never be able to top John Singer’s 2019 Lobster Fest!

 

 

5 Early Signs It Might Be Time for Your Loved One to Transition to Memory Care

Whether your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or is just starting to show signs of memory loss, knowing when it’s time for memory care is never an easy choice. However, there are early signs you can look out for to make the optimal and most timely decision on transitioning your loved one to a memory care program. Here at The Gardens at West Shore, we help families transition to memory care when ready. Below are some common early signs for you to consider:

#1 Unsafe and Unsound

One of the most common concerns family members have about a loved one living with Alzheimer’s is for their physical safety. Individuals living with the condition are at high risk for falls, wandering away from home, and a range of other dangerous scenarios. Whether it be in the kitchen, bathroom or outdoors, these risks can keep loved ones worried and up at night. The question of “When is it time to put my loved one into a memory care facility?” requires serious consideration to their overall safety. If you, as a caregiver, find yourself worrying about a loved one’s well-being on a regular basis, the transition to memory care can provide peace of mind while ensuring your loved one is supported and cared for around the clock.

#2 Personal Care & Hygiene

The effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia often lead to nutrition problems for those with the condition. As the disease progresses, it may cause inconsistent eating patterns—the skipping of meals, forgetting to eat and drink, difficulty chewing and swallowing, and even an inability to recognize food. All of these contribute to weight loss, malnutrition and dehydration.

Another significant concern is medication management. In a memory care facility, all medications are carefully regulated. Medications are administered on strict schedules and nursing staff look for any indications that a resident’s regimen should warrant a change.

In addition, many individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia reach a point where they begin failing to take proper care of themselves. You may notice your loved one is no longer bathing or shaving. These are indicators that your loved one may require assistance from a skilled nursing staff, one that a memory care program can provide.

#3 Isolation: A Shrinking World

One of the early signs an individual living with Alzheimer’s or dementia displays is withdrawal. Your loved one may display unpredictable behaviors that make it difficult for them to go out into public settings to eat, shop, or relax with friends and family. This scenario can lead to depression or feelings of anxiety and may even cause a loved one to become increasingly agitated and disruptive. A memory care program can be a solution in these situations as it enables your loved one to reconnect with others in a safe and conducive environment.

#4 Money Matters: Financial Security

Perhaps you’ve noticed your loved one suddenly seems oblivious to expenses or they’ve found themselves without money in their wallet on numerous occasions – something may be wrong. Another sign is in the mail. Piles of undeposited checks or unopened documents from Social Security and insurance companies, can be a sign that they are no longer able to go reach the bank, make deposits or even have the capacity to manage their own finances. Another concern is a loved one’s vulnerability to scam artists, as they often target the elderly and those with Alzheimer’s or dementia are especially vulnerable. When a loved one is in an environment with constant supervision, these risks are diminished significantly.

#5 The Burnout Factor

As mentioned earlier, the decision to put a loved one into memory care is never an easy one. That said, for most individuals there comes a time when it is important to do so for their own safety and well-being. It’s important to keep in mind that “caregiver burnout” is a real problem – the challenges of caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s can overwhelm even the most committed and sincere among us. Should you decide to transition to a memory care program, do not feel as if you’ve failed your loved one in any way. While you may, indeed, not be your loved one’s primary caregiver, you are, however, making it possible for them to receive the care, security and emotional support they need.

At The Gardens at West Shore, we understand how difficult it may be to transition a loved one to a memory care program. That is why we work with both residents and their families in navigating this next phase of life. Do you have questions about whether The Gardens at West Shore’s memory care program is the right choice for your family? Don’t hesitate to reach out. Our trained professionals are happy to assist.

 

About The Gardens at West Shore

The Gardens at West Shore is a nursing home located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, adjacent to Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital. The center offers short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, and a secure memory care unit providing Dementia/Alzheimer’s care.

 

Success Story: Marie

Marie Richard, 89, came to Westfield Gardens seeking recovery having come down with Coronavirus, a virus which causes an infection in one’s nose, sinuses and upper throat.

Working with Marie, our therapy teams developed an appropriate and attainable recovery plan and timeline – our goal was to help Marie recover medically and regain her strength physically.

We are proud to say that with much hard work and her inspiring “can-do” spirit, Marie met her recovery goals!

Success Story: Carol

Carol Martin came to The Gardens at Scranton following surgical repair of a fractured leg. Carol had been experiencing decreased strength and endurance, difficulty with ambulation and required assistance to complete activities of daily living (ADL).

Working with Carol, our therapy teams developed an comprehensive rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Carol return home safely.

We are proud to say that Carol has met all her rehab goals and has returned home!

Carol’s commitment and can-do spirit was an inspiration to us all and a reminder of what one can accomplish when one give’s it their all. Carol, you’ve got believers in all of us here at The Gardens at Scranton – we’re proud of you!

Success Story: Jon

Jon Eisenhower came to The Gardens at Millville following several bad falls which resulted in hospitalization. Jon turned to our therapy teams for strengthening, to improve ambulation and self care. Working with Jon, our staff developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan along with attainable personalized objectives. Our team knew it was our job to help Jon return home and reunite with him with his family.

In just 30 days of rehab, Jon had achieved his therapy goals! At the time of his discharge, he was ambulating 300 feet with a rolling walker and had regained his independence pertaining to activities of daily living (ADL) performance. We’re proud to say that Jon is back home with the people he loves doing the things he enjoys most.

Success Story: Karl

Karl Vaitl came to The Gardens at Stevens having been hit by a car. Karl underwent several surgeries to address his injuries and required a significant amount of rehab.

Working with Karl, our therapy teams developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Karl regain his independence so she could return home safely.

We are proud to say that with much hard work and dedication, Karl met his goal of being able to return home and getting back to the work he loves!

Shrine Clowns Bring Laughter, Smiles, and Flowers to The Gardens at Gettysburg

A volunteer troupe of Shrine Clowns paid a fun-filled visit to the residents of local nursing home, The Gardens at Gettysburg. It was “Flower Day” and so with bouquets in hand, “Bubba”, “Pickles” and “Archie”, handed a flower to each resident. One, resident, Carol Armstrong proudly showed off her collection of flowers she’s received from the group upon each visit. The Shrine Clowns have been visiting The Gardens at Gettysburg annually for over twenty years and have become welcomed and beloved guests by our residents.

“Some may see the bold makeup, red noses and silly costumes as just typical play things”, says Melissa Randler, Administrator at the facility, “but having seen the Shrine clowns in action, I’ve learned that these very items can transform into something greater, beyond just an accessory – in a way they become powerful tools that awaken the minds and invigorate the spirit of our residents.”

“Recreational and social activities play an important role in our care philosophy here at The Gardens at Gettysburg, says, Donna Thorpe, Activities Director”, adding that, “an individualized, well thought out activities program is at the core of a quality life for our residents. The Shrine Clowns are a thread of a larger fabric that is our broad activities program.”

Memory Care Earns a Survey Rating to Remember

The Gardens for Memory Care at Easton recently underwent its rigorous annual survey from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH). The Gardens received zero significant deficiencies and earned 4-star ratings in health inspection, quality measures and overall scoring categories.

Star ratings and state surveys are among the top indicators of excellence for nursing homes and an indicator of compliance with nursing care standards. These complex yearly inspections are unannounced and take place onsite at the facility over several days in order to thoroughly assess a wide range of facility practices and standards of care. Facilities are evaluated for quality, safety, administration effectiveness, cleanliness, nursing care, activity programs, protection of resident rights, and food services.

“Laurie Nichols, Director of Nursing at the facility shared, “We know our center is making great strides and this survey report reflects the positive feedback that we have been receiving from our residents and their families. Here at Memory Care we strive each day to give the best quality of care to our unique population of residents – I’m proud to be a part of this dedicated team.”

“Our highly desirable survey rating is a direct result of the professionalism and commitment of our dedicated staff. We pride ourselves in the high-quality care and services we provide our residents” said Mark Tami, Administrator.

Tami also encourages prospective families who tour The Gardens for Memory Care at Easton and other facilities, to request a copy of state surveys and compare results. When a family needs care for their loved one, the survey is an important tool in understanding how facilities are rated and which communities are performing at the highest level.

Success Story: Jean

Dream. Believe. Achieve.

Orphaned at a young age, Jean McKinney grew up between foster homes. A difficult upbringing for any child, Jean never the less learned to keep her shoulders straight and her head held high. She promised herself to never let her circumstances determine her outlook. So, it was no surprise when Jean came to The Mansion for rehabilitation services, she was determined to take on and rise above this new challenge. Jean made it clear to us all – she’s got this!

Working with Jean, our physical, occupational and speech therapy teams developed an comprehensive rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Jean improve her activities of daily living (ADL) and mobility task performance levels so that she could safely return home.

Jean’s commitment and can-do spirit was an inspiration to us all and a reminder of what one can accomplish when one believes. Jean, you’ve got believers in all of us here at The Mansion – we’re proud of you!

Jean has since returned to her home in Sunbury, PA. She’s loved and cared for by her beautiful children and their growing families (Jean has over 70 grandchildren and great grandchildren!). Jean once shared, “I grew up as an orphan living in foster homes all my life, I vowed that when I had children of my own I would take care of them, and that’s what I did – they all grew up and got married and had kids of their own.”

Success Story: June

June Spencer came to the Gardens at Gettysburg having undergone hip replacement surgery at nearby Gettysburg Hospital. June turned to our therapy teams for strengthening, to improve ambulation and for pain reduction. Working with June, our staff developed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan along with attainable strategic objectives.

One look at June’s flower-filled room (courtesy of her friends and beloved family) and the team knew June had the backing and support she needed to get back on her feet – it was our job to help make that dream possible and help her across that finish line!

In just 10 days of rehab, June had achieved her therapy goals! At the time of her discharge, she was ambulating 200 feet with a rolling walker and had regained her independence pertaining to activities of daily living (ADL) performance.

We are proud to say that June is back home having regained her ability to do the things she loves, including playing bridge with her friends, shopping, and dining out.

Success Story: Irene

Walk this way…

Irene Klock came to The Gardens at Orangeville following a bad fall at her home which resulted in a right fracture of her tibia and fibula. Upon admission, Irene presented as non-weight bearing with an immobilizer status post-surgery. In addition, Irene required extensive assistance to complete all activities of daily living (ADL) and mobility tasks.

Working with Irene, our physical and occupational therapy teams developed an extensive rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Irene return home!

We are proud to say that with much hard work and dedication, Irene met her goal of being able to return home at the moderate independent level!

Success Story: Eileen

Eileen Schisler came to The Gardens of Easton having been hospitalized with a worsening vertigo condition. Combined with a history of stroke, left-sided weakness, and nerve damage to her right foot, Eileen was unable to walk or maintain her balance.

In addition, Eileen was showing signs of significant de-conditioning and an inability to carry out acts of daily living (ADL), such as independently getting in and out of bed and performing self-care.

Working side-by-side with Eileen, our therapy teams developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Eileen return home so she can “live her independence!

Upon discharge, Eileen had met the following therapy goals:

  • Independently get in/out of bed and stand up from both a bed and chair.
  • Independently walk with aid of scooter at community distances.
  • Independently wash and dress herself.
  • Perform mobility at a low to no fall risk.

Eileen demonstrated hard work, perseverance and a daily commitment to achieving her goals. With strong staff and therapy support, Eileen was able to return home and “live her independence!

The therapy team is excited to congratulate Eileen upon her successful rehab journey and wish her the best of luck!

"Living Her Independence!"Eileen Schisler came to The Gardens of Easton having been hospitalized with a worsening vertigo condition. Combined with a history of stroke, left-sided weakness, and nerve damage to her right foot, Eileen was unable to walk or maintain her balance. In addition, Eileen was showing signs of significant de-conditioning and an inability to carry out acts of daily living (ADL), such as independently getting in and out of bed and performing self-care.Working side-by-side with Eileen, our therapy teams developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Eileen return home so she can “live her independence!”Upon discharge, Eileen had met the following therapy goals:• Independently get in/out of bed and stand up from both a bed and chair. • Independently walk with aid of scooter at community distances.• Independently wash and dress herself.• Perform mobility at a low to no fall risk.Eileen demonstrated hard work, perseverance and a daily commitment to achieving her goals. With strong staff and therapy support, Eileen was able to return home and “live her independence!” The therapy team is excited to congratulate Eileen upon her successful rehab journey and wish her the best of luck!#TherapyGrad #OT #PT #Rehab #Easton

Posted by The Gardens at Easton on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Success Story: Dean

Walking the Walk…

A proud military man with a wonderful sense of humor – Dean Clark, 81, had undergone surgery to repair a significant tear to his rotary cuff muscle. Following the procedure, Dean ended up back in the hospital due to severe pain and swelling in both feet. Enter Chicopee Gardens…

Working with Dean, our occupational and physical therapy teams developed a tailored recovery plan with strategic rehab objectives – our goal was to help Dean regain his independence so he could return home.

When Dean began therapy, he was unable to take a single step and required use of a mechanical lift to get out of bed. Tapping into his inner Marine, Dean inspired us all with his unwavering determination and grit. Five weeks later, Dean was making rounds up and down the halls with just the aid of a walker!

In addition, Dean was now able to care for all his self-care needs, he even planned a delicious spaghetti meal (pictured) which he made during his very last OT session to share with the therapists and friends who helped him along his successful rehab journey. Way to go Dean!

Success Story: Dorothy

Dorothy*, 91, arrived at The Gardens at Tunkhannock suffering from acute respiratory failure and acute intestinal obstruction. She had impaired cognition, trouble swallowing and generalized weakness. In addition, Dorothy was trouble keeping her balance which caused a decrease in her overall function and mobility.

Working with Dorothy, our physical, occupational and speech therapy teams developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Dorothy regain her independence so she could return home safely.

Dorothy’s can-do attitude amazed us all! Each day, she faced her challenges with fierce determination. In time, Dorothy’s impaired cognition showed significant improvement and she resumed her prior functional level of alertness and was now qualified to make her own decisions. Dorothy also achieved independence in swallowing regular consistency foods and thin liquids. Dorothy was taught to utilize external memory aids (such as logging upcoming appointments and having a notepad readily accessible to write things down) to recall detailed information accurately once she has returned home.

In addition, Dorothy achieved independence in performing activities of daily living (ADL), including, hygiene, grooming, bathing and toileting as well as cooking with adaptive devices. Upon discharge, she achieved the ability to walk up to 500 feet with a rolling walker independently, independent for all transfers, and up and down 10 steps with one handrail and supervision. She was able to retrieve items from high and low surfaces and was issued a home exercise program to preserve her strength upon leaving the facility.

Dorothy dreamed of returning home – together we made that dream a reality!

*name changed to protect resident’s identity.

The Gardens at Easton Continues Six-Year Streak of Excellent Survey Results by Dept. of Public Health

January 31, 2019 — The Gardens at Easton recently underwent its rigorous annual survey from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DPH). Showing notable consistency over the past six years. This year, the results were no different, The Gardens at Easton received zero significant deficiencies and earned a 5 out of 5-star health inspection rating.

According to Medicare.gov, the official U.S. government site for Medicare, The Gardens at Easton has an overall rating of 5 stars, signifying that the center is “much above average.”

Overall star rating and a long history of strong state surveys are among top indicators of excellence for nursing homes and an indicator of compliance with nursing care standards. These complex yearly inspections are unannounced and take place over several days at the facility in order to thoroughly assess a wide range of facility practices and standards of care. Facilities are evaluated for quality, safety, administration effectiveness, cleanliness, nursing care, activity programs, protection of resident rights, and food services.

A patient, William Allen, recently shared his experience at The Gardens at Easton. “Therapy is more than just therapy – they get involved…the staff here genuinely care.” Another patient, Bob Cronce, shared, “The staff are all nice, they listen to my problems. I even met my girlfriend here!”

“Our star rating reflects the dedication and commitment of our staff to providing high quality care and services to our residents on a daily basis,” said Ryan Wismer, Administrator at The Gardens at Easton.”

Rebecca Frey, Director of Nursing, shared, “We have a proven record of successfully combining a high level of care with genuine compassion – we put our residents first.”

Success Story: Susan

Susan Camp, came to The Gardens at Easton from a local hospital where she had been experiencing worsening symptoms as a result of spinal stenosis. Her condition included a tingling sensation and weakness in her legs and feet, and difficult walking. In addition, Susan needed assistance with a range of activities of daily living (ADL).

Working with Susan, our physical and occupational therapy teams developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Susan regain her independence so she could return home.

Susan’s can-do attitude amazed us all! Each day, she faced her challenges with fierce determination! Susan met all her rehab objectives and in just a little over a month, she was ready to return home! 

Success Story: Bernice

Bernice, 87, came to Barre Gardens upon being discharged from the hospital and seeking Long Term Care. Bernice relied on a wheelchair for mobility and had not walked in a “very long time”. In addition, she required assistance for meal prep and other activities of daily living (ADL).

For six weeks our physical and occupational therapy teams worked with Bernice; they developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Bernice regain her independence so she could, in fact, return home!

We were all amazed at her progress, most of all, Bernice! With renewed confidence, Bernice now felt fully prepared to return home. Upon discharge, Bernice was walking 150 feet with just a walker and was  now also able to independently dress, bathe and prep her meals.

Two weeks later, on a follow-up call, Bernice how happy she was to be home, how she never thought that it would be possible, and proudly shared how she can now make her own tea and “not spill a drop!

Success Story: Lois

Lois Stickloon, 87, came to The Gardens at York Terrace following a difficult mastectomy surgery. Admittedly, she was uncertain of what the future would hold and worried she would never be able to return home.

Working with Lois, our physical therapy team developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Frances regain her independence so she could return home.

Each day, Lois met her challenges with fortitude and determination, her unwavering spirit was truly inspiring! Lois dreamed of returning home, together – with a lot of hard work – we’ve made that goal a reality!

Lois shared, “I enjoyed being here for this experience. I think it helped me a lot. It gave me a lot of confidence. I enjoyed meeting the people that live here—it’s a pleasant place to be.“

When asked if she had any final thoughts or sentiments regarding her time at York Terrace, she said, “Don’t be afraid to take a chance on trying it (Skilled Rehab Program) if you need help. They (The Gardens at York Terrace staff) were my saviors”.

Success Story: Marvin

When Marvin Jayma was admitted to The Gardens at Wyoming Valley he was in a lot of pain felt discouraged and believed he would never walk again. We encouraged him to take one day at a time and assured him he was in good hands as we would treat him as we would our very own family member.  As he gained the trust of our nursing and therapy staff he became more and more determined to meet the goals designed by our team approach.

Upon evaluation by therapy, Marvin was dependent with gait and transfers. He had reported a 10 out of 10 pain rating in his right hip. He required maximal assistance for bed mobility and all activities of daily living.

As the days went by Marvin worked with our therapy team on goals designed for his individual needs.  He began to get stronger and his positive attitude and perseverance was evident.  Marvin stated that there were days he felt weak and tired and after receiving encouragement from Andy, his therapist, and other team members he pushed through reaching and exceeding each goal set. Marvin started seeing that the trust he placed with his therapy team would allow him to regain his strength and balance walking.

After completing a successful therapy program, Marvin was able to complete all aspects of care independently and reported a 0 out of 10 pain rating in his right hip.

Upon discharge Marvin expressed that he would be returning to his home with confidence, that he would be enjoying his life again and that it would be filled with activities he enjoyed so much. He credits, ”getting his life back”,  to the dedication, master skills and trustful bond he developed with the physical therapists, occupational therapists and nursing staff at The Gardens at Wyoming Valley!

Success Story: Frances

Frances Daniels, 82, came to The Gardens at Stroud upon being discharged from the hospital. When she arrived, Frances was completely dependent with assistance required for all self-care, transfers, ambulation needs. Fracnes was unable to feed herself, had decreased strength throughout her body and required a special geri chair for proper positioning and comfort.

Working with Frances, our physical therapy team developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Frances regain her independence so she could return home to her beloved daughter.

Frances’ never quit! Within a couple of weeks she was able to complete transfers with just a contact guard assist as well as ambulate 170 feet with a rolling walker and contact guard assist. In addition, upon discharge, Frances was able to independently feed herself, and fulfill all dressing tasks, both upper and lower body with stand by assistance!

When speaking to Frances about her stay with us, she expressed delight with the care she has received and recognized all she was able to accomplish with the help and encouragement of her therapist team.

Success Story: Karen

Karen Kratz came to The Gardens at Gettysburg following a hospitalization having twice fallen to do to syncope, a temporary loss of consciousness.

Working with Karen, our occupational and physical therapy teams developed a tailored recovery plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Karen regain her independence so she could return home.

When Karen was admitted, she could barely make the short walk to the bathroom, upon discharge, Karen was walking well over 350 feet with her walker!

Success Story: Thomas

A proud military man – inside and out – Thomas, 70, came to Neptune Gardens following a bad fall which resulted in bi-lateral hip displacements. Thomas also required nightly peritoneal dialysis treatment and to make matters worse, had recently began experiencing rapid vision loss (legally blind upon admission, Thomas’ sight was fine just six-months prior).

Working with Thomas, our occupational and physical therapy teams developed a tailored recovery plan with strategic rehab objectives – our goal was to help Thomas regain his independence so he could return home.

Considering his vision impairment, a referral was made to the Commission for the Blind to assist Thomas with his transition back home. Our staff also contacted our local Veteran’s representative to assist Thomas with the disability application process.

Always an eager and active participant at our physical and occupational therapy sessions, Thomas always displayed a “can do” spirit – a attitude he attributed his military background.

Thomas progressed from having to use a wheelchair and needing a high level of assistance, to relying on just a walker. Upon his discharge, Thomas had made an incredible recovery; walking freely and only needing an individual to walk alongside due to his visual impairment. Thomas was now independent in all of his activities of daily living (ADL), including dressing, bathing, and meal preparation. In addition, our nursing staff were successful in training Thomas to use his peritoneal dialysis equipment – an amazing feat!

Success Story: Ronald

When there’s a will, there’s a way…

When Ronald Burdick arrived at The Gardens at Scranton he had been experiencing decreased levels of endurance and balance as well as an inability to complete activities of daily living (ADL), decreased ambulation, difficulty negotiating steps, and an unfortunate history of falls.

Ronald’s goal was to return home to his wife with restored functional ability and improved confidence.

During his rehab stay, Ronald worked with his therapists using restorative, compensatory, and adaptive techniques to improve his level of function in the above areas. In addition, in preparation of his return home, our skilled therapy team provided Ronald with education and training on fall management and car transfers.

Working together with our dedicated staff, Ronald successfully completed his rehab program and returned home his beloved wife.

Success Story: Joan

At 81, Joan Stesney was recovering from an elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. During surgery, Joan had experienced a complication resulting in the loss of a significant amount of blood; requiring multiple intubations. Unable to manage her secretions properly, her condition worsened and was soon admitted to Post Acute Medical due to respiratory distress – enter The Gardens at East Mountain.

Joan was admitted into our Pulmonary Program and seen by our Respiratory Therapist.  She participated in using incentive spirometry and an acapella device as well as a respiratory muscle trainer to help decrease shortness of breath and help remove secretions from her lungs while improving endurance to participate in Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy.

Despite her complicated hospital stay, Joan required only minimal assistance for bed mobility and transfers, however, she did require total dependence for ambulation and stair climbing.

Joan entered a tailored bilateral upper and lower extremity strengthening program. She participated in dynamic balance activities to improve her weight shifting abilities and received self-care, transfer, and gait training to maximize her level of independence.

Joan received therapy services for two weeks and quickly made significant progress. At the time of her discharge, Joan was performing transfers and all self-care with just a stand by assist level and walking 300 feet with a rolling walker stand by assist. Everyone stood by with pride as she conquered 10 stairs with a single hand rail and stand by assist!  Although she remained on a mechanical soft diet, Joan was able to return home safely with her beloved son and Home Health Services.

Success Story: Barb

When she arrived at The Gardens at Orangeville, Barb Evans required the aide of two assistants for all transfers and ambulation and well as to complete daily tasks, such as bathing and getting dressed in the morning.

Barb’s goal was to return home, strong and in need of minimal assistance – together, with lots of hard work and determination, we made that goal a reality! We are proud to say that Barb has returned home!

Please join us in congratulating Barb upon this tremendous milestone!

Success Story: Nick

Nick Martinelli came to Chicopee Gardens following a hospitalization stemming from a recent fall. The accident resulted in a severe hip fracture requiring surgical repair and which was the primary source of pain and limited mobility. Nick also experienced respiratory failure/pneumonia when in the hospital and has a history of advanced COPD; requiring supplemental oxygen and inhaled medications.

Our PT and OT teams were tasked with strengthening Nick’s upper and lower body while our Pulmonary team worked with Nick to practice and ultimately master effective compensatory breathing techniques to reduce his shortness of breath.

He was the first resident to benefit from the newly launched Pulmonary Plus program. He was monitored and treated by an specialized team, including a respiratory therapist and a board certified pulmonologist.

In less than a month, Nick demonstrated the ability to walk around the facility as well as climbing stairs with our therapists and requiring less overall assistance with his self-care needs.

In addition, Nick was able to wean off oxygen assistance requiring only supplemental oxygen with exertion and at night while asleep. 

Success Story: Jeff

Jeff had been a successful student athlete; his days were consumed by track and field and football. As he got older, Jeff spent his life taking care of family and friends; caring for them unconditionally.

Unfortunately, Jeff, neglected to take care of himself during these times. Eventually, he was admitted to the hospital with seizure activity and gait disturbance. His anxiety and fear of falling created numerous obstacles. Jeff also had difficulty expressing his thoughts (expressive aphasia). He knew what he needed/wanted to say but was unable to get those thoughts out.

When Jeff came to The Gardens at Camp Hill he was introduced to the team and expressed his fear of falling to each and every member. The therapy staff worked with Jeff on just simple things, such as rolling side to side, and eventually completing supine to sit transfers. Jeff was extremely cautious and needed maximum encouragement from the therapists.

After multiple days of completing bed mobility tasks and supine to sit Jeff began to trust the therapists. He trusted two of them to transfer him out of bed into a wheelchair. The physical therapy staff brought him to the gym for the first time and he started completing various strength-building exercises. The occupational therapist also started looking for an appropriate seating system to stop Jeff from sliding out of his chair. He was given a tilt in space chair allowing Jeff to relax resulting in decreased anxiety.

Jeff was able to express thoughts and wants after working with speech therapy. Jeff was able to yell for help when he witnessed another resident fall. After a month of therapy, Jeff’s insurance cut him from therapy; however, the therapists continued to see motivation and potential in Jeff.

Physical therapy and occupational therapy picked Jeff back up on caseload a couple days later. Both disciplines worked on strengthening and took baby steps again to assist Jeff with transfers and educating staff to transfer Jeff as well. Jeff gets up into his seating system every day and is still participating in therapy.

A couple of weeks ago our physical therapy assistant, Susan Brubaker, our COTA Jen Rush and our OT Joyce Cullen started working with Jeff. He stated how badly he wished he could stand and walk again. Susan, Jen and Joyce then assisted Jeff to the parallel bars where they worked with him on standing, balance, and posture in the parallel bars. Jeff is now not only standing in the parallel bars but ambulates from the parallel bars to a walker and is able to walk approximately 75 feet with a rolling walker.

Jeff, through tears of joy, stated “I cannot believe I walked again. I thought I would never be able to walk again.” Susan, Jen and Joyce all responded in a group therapy discussion “Jeff—Now that is the reason we get up every day and do what we do!”

Success Story: Cynthia

Cynthia Hurley came to Waterbury Gardens following her discharge from the hospital. Though she had a love for life, Cynthia’s physical and mental health was in a decline. Our OT and PT teams implemented what we call a “Fluff and Buff” therapy plan with the goal of strengthening Cynthia’s upper and lower body and improving her balance. Prior to her therapy, Cynthia required the assistance of two aides to climb the stairs – now, upon graduating, she masters those very same stairs all on her own!

Success Story: Sharon

One morning, while getting out of bed, Sharon Fluck fell and was unable to get up. She lay stuck between her bed and a linen chest for five days until a worried neighbor arrived and rushed her to the hospital. A physical exam showed that Sharon had developed a severe wound on her left hip.

Following her discharge, Sharon – bedridden and unable to take care of her daily needs – arrived at The Gardens at Stevens for wound treatment and physical therapy.

Sharon dreamed of returning home, together – with a lot of hard work – we’ve made that goal a reality!

Pulmonary Program: A Breath of Fresh Air

Valley Pulmonary Medical Associates and Chicopee Gardens have partnered to create a physician-led pulmonary program for patients with COPD/emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and trach care and management.

  • Physician-led program
  • Respiratory therapist on site
  • Reduce return visits to the hospital
  • Perform everyday tasks with less shortness of breath
  • Stay healthier and avoid exacerbation
  • Learn to manage disease, decrease symptoms, and maintain healthy behaviors
  • Decrease length of stay

Valley Pulmonary Medical Associates physicians’ are affiliated with Mercy Medical Center and Baystate Medical Center and are dedicated to helping patients with respiratory ailments breathe and function at the highest level possible.

Success Story: Linda

Linda Turpin came to The Gardens at West Shore seeking professional help with her physical condition.

Working with Linda, our physical and occupational therapy teams developed a tailored rehabilitation plan with strategic objectives – our goal was to help Linda regain her independence so she could return home safely.

We are proud to say that with much hard work and dedication, Linda met her goal of being able to return home without any additional assistance!

Success Story: Charles

Not long ago, Charles came to The Gardens at West Shore to begin physical therapy and his recovery process. Charles’ goal was to regain his strength so he could return to home to his beloved wife.

Each day, Charles, with the help of our PT team, worked hard to meet that goal – and he did!

Charles’ graduation comes as a bittersweet moment, as he has been a daily inspiration to all of us at The Gardens at West Shore! His presence will be greatly missed!

Success Story: Robert

Robert Mensch came to The Gardens at Millville following several hospitalizations due to weakness to his upper and lower body, a result of a recent stroke. Robert’s goal was to regain his strength so he could return to caring for his beloved wife – with hopes of being able to return home for the upcoming holidays.

Robert met each challenge with grit and determination, together we made that goal a reality. Way to go Robert!

Success Story: Chester

One cold January morning, Chester was on his way out to get breakfast for himself and his wife. While walking to his car, Chester slipped and fell on a patch of ice; resulting in a fractured right tibia and fibula.

Chester’s injuries required surgery to repair the fractures. The doctors ordered that he maintain non-weight bearing to his right leg for 12 weeks. It was mid-February when Chester arrived at The Gardens at East Mountain to begin his rehab.

At first, Chester required assistance to safely stand and had been only able to walk 25 feet with a rolling walker and assistance from a therapist; stairs where out of the question due to the weight bearing restrictions. Because Chester had a full flight of stairs at home, he remained at The Gardens at East Mountain while waiting for clearance from his orthopedic.

In April, Chester had his follow up orthopedic appointment where he received the much awaited upgraded status, weight bearing as tolerated, to his right leg. Chester immediately began to focus on walking and stair climbing. Within 2 weeks, Chester was walking 750 feet with a straight cane! He also gained the ability to walk outdoors on uneven surfaces/ramps with a cane and had completed 15 stairs with one rail and his cane!

By the time May came around, Chester has been discharged was back home with his wife – just in time to enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

Success Story: Martha

What are ten steps? Well, for Martha, it was the one thing standing between her and returning home…

Martha Normand turned to Chicopee Gardens following a hospitalization after a fall at her home. Suffering a L4 vertebral fracture, Martha was experiencing significant pain and her mobility was limited due to the wearing of a required back brace. Working with Martha, our OT and PT teams developed a tailored plan and rehab objectives – our primary goal was to get Martha home, one step at a time!

Each day, Martha returned for her therapy sessions; committed and brave. With hard work and a focus on learning compensatory strategies Martha finally faced those ten stairs, conquered them and is now back home at last, getting better each day!

Please join us in congratulating Martha upon reaching this triumphant milestone!

Keep climbing Martha, keep climbing!

The Gardens at Blue Ridge Launches New Peer Mentoring Program

Pennsylvania nursing home, The Gardens at Blue Ridge, announced the launch of a new peer mentoring program for its team of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). The innovative program, developed by the SEIU Training and Education Fund, is the facility’s latest employee development initiative. Mentors will support new employees in adjusting to their role and responsibilities, serve as a role model for the provision of quality care and services, and act as a guide to acclimate those to company values.

Mentors are selected based on outstanding work performance, commitment to quality care, and thorough knowledge of CNA responsibilities and procedures. Mentors are also required to complete 21 hours of training; providing each with the education and tools they will need to support their fellow employees. Sessions include courses in problem solving, communication, relationship and team building skills.

While the mentoring program’s primary goal is to aide new employees, the actual mentoring relationship benefits both parties. For instance, while a mentor may help a less-experienced nurse mature and grow in the field, that mentor also benefits from the satisfaction of helping a younger colleague and opportunity for professional development.

Catherine Kirkham, Administrator at the facility, stated “We believe a strong mentoring program enhances our facility, the quality of life for our nurses and ultimately helps maintain the high standard of care we provide our residents.”

“Those working in the nursing field understand the extreme importance of effective teamwork”, said Tara Toms, director of the program, adding, “the skills we’re imparting to front-line staff are intended to empower those who provide care to help build a culture of peer encouragement, continual learning, and pursuit of excellence. Each nurse has a contribution to make, our job, is to foster an inclusive learning environment one that benefits our nurses and the residents we care for.”

Empowered Residents at The Gardens at Blue Ridge Graduate from State PEER Program

Nine residents at The Gardens at Blue Ridge celebrated their graduation from the PEER (Pennsylvania’s Empowered Expert Residents) Program, which trains residents at long-term care facilities to serve as advocates that enhance the quality of care and life for their peers, by working with both facility staff and their fellow residents.

The PEER group participated in five 2-hour training sessions; providing them with the education and tools they need to support their fellow residents. Sessions include information on resident rights, various roles of facility staff, tools-such as the “ladder of resolution” – that can be used in solving problems, respecting confidentiality and how to report abuse.

Joined by family and friends, graduates were presented with an official diploma. In attendance, was Cori Brindle, Long Term Care Ombudsman for Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging. Ms. Brindle congratulated the graduates and thanked the facility’s staff for embracing the PEER program. The Gardens at Blue Ridge is currently one of only six PEER-participating facilities in Dauphin County.

Catherine Kirkham, Administrator at The Gardens at Blue Ridge, stated “We couldn’t be prouder of this latest group of residents upon the completion of their PEER training. Their commitment to helping each other is truly inspirational, and our staff will be there to support their efforts in every way they can. We believe a strong PEER program enhances our facility and the quality of life for each of our residents.”

About Pennsylvania’s Empowered Expert Residents (PEER) Program

The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office implemented the PEER program in 2002. Residents residing in long-term care (LTC) facilities are taught how to advocate and maintain their rights for themselves and their fellow peers. Residents are educated on how to work with facility staff to enhance their quality of care and life for all residents. Self-resolution and empowerment are themes consistently emphasized in all statewide trainings.

The Gardens at West Shore Delivers Meals to Harrisburg’s Homeless

Employees at The Gardens at West Shore recently took time off from their regular jobs to give back by providing hot meals to Harrisburg’s homeless population.

With the help of employees, the volunteer group prepared over 60 meals for distribution. Each meal, prepared by the facility’s chefs, included a grilled hot dog and hamburger, macaroni, fresh salad and a cold bottle of water.

The group’s first destination was to the Bethesda Mission at 611 Reily Street, Harrisburg’s only homeless shelter for men. Bill Christian, Executive Director at the shelter thanked The Gardens at West Shore for their generous meal donations, adding, “Your actions here today have done more than just fill empty stomachs. You’ve shown us all that people do care, and that gives there is hope.”

After making several deliveries on the streets of Harrisburg, the group headed “under the bridge”, that is, under the Mulberry Street Bridge. The vehicular crossing, spanning Cameron Street and Paxton Creek has long been a refuge for dozens of local homeless and displaced peoples. “To be honest, I’ve heard about the situation “under the bridge” from time to time but nothing could prepare me for what I saw, it was heartbreaking”, said, Amber Hauck, the facility’s Community Liaison, and spearhead of the initiative. “Each individual had a name and a story to tell – we were all humbled by the appreciation we received.”

“The Gardens at West Shore strives to be good a neighbor and encourage our employees to give back when they can in meaningful ways,” said Beverly Fry, Administrator at the facility, “We firmly believe that as our staff engage our local communities, these experiences help them better understand the individuals we serve – it is this understanding that fosters empathy and compassion, both of which, we view as essential elements of quality care.”

Congressman Scott Perry Visits The Gardens at Camp Hill

Pennsylvania nursing home, The Gardens at Camp Hill recently welcomed Congressman Scott Perry to its facility to meet with residents and staff.

Congressman Perry held one-on-one listening sessions with residents and staff and participated in a tour of the facility and campus. The congressman was also joined by a staffer, Ceason, who brought along Jive, her therapy dog to interact with the residents.

The visit wasn’t all play though, “Our staff had an informative discussion with the Congressman on a variety of pertinent healthcare-related topics,” said Gabe Sebbag, adding, “The Congressman’s time and consideration is a sign of his strong and long-standing commitment to the advancement of quality health care in the State of Pennsylvania.”

Danielle Reed, Administrator at the facility, closed by thanking Congressman Perry for his interest in getting to know our residents and to witness first-hand the high standard of care The Gardens at Camp Hill so proudly provides.

Chicopee Gardens Welcomes New Administrator

Thomas Rackliffe brings a decade of experience and homegrown passion.

Chicopee Gardens for Nursing and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce that Thomas Rackliffe, NHA has joined their ranks as their new Administrator.

Tom comes to Chicopee with more than a decade of professional long-term care experience and has been a licensed nursing home administrator for four years. During this time, Tom has a proven track record of providing high quality care to residents and brings a vast amount of experience to Chicopee Gardens.  “In addition to his breadth of knowledge and expertise,” said Tom DePoy, Regional Director of Operations, “we recognize that Tom brings both a deep appreciation and familiarity with Chicopee and the local communities we serve.”

Previously, Tom served as Administrator of Fitchburg Gardens for Nursing and Rehabilitation, where his leadership and management philosophy contributed greatly to the facility’s recent success. In addition, Tom has over twenty years of experience as a respiratory therapist and manager; treating a wide range of acute and long-term care patients.

Massachusetts native, Tom currently lives in Palmer with his wife and children. When asked about the opportunity to now work closer to home, Rackliffe shared, “Truth is, home is wherever your heart is, and in that sense, Fitchburg Gardens was always my home away from home. That said, it’s nice to know my days commuting up the I-90 are now in the rear-view mirror.”

SEIU Healthcare Transformation Summit 2018

Harnessing today’s Healthcare Transformation is a core priority here at The Gardens at Blue Ridge. That is why a delegation, led by facility administrator, Catherine Kirkham attended the SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania’s Second Annual Healthcare Transformation Summit.

The event, held last week, brought together healthcare workers from hospitals and nursing homes across the state with supervisors, management, and experts in the field, the 2-day Summit provided valuable information and training for all who attended.

Attendees also shared the positive impact their current projects have had on care. From decreasing falls, to better supply distribution systems, to improving communication at bedside reports during shift hand-offs, these Healthcare Transformation projects are improving efficiency and saving lives.

Chicopee Gardens Honors Local EMS With Barbecue Lunch

Chicopee Gardens for Nursing and Rehabilitation celebrated local first responders with a barbecue on Tuesday in conjunction with National EMS Week.

Over thirty firefighters, policemen, emergency medical technicians and volunteers gathered around at the facility’s campus to enjoy a barbecue lunch. Chicopee Gardens staff also prepared “grab-n-go” lunches for those first-responders on the run.

“We at Chicopee Gardens are grateful for our first responders who serve our local communities each day, said Avi Rosenbloom, “This barbecue is our way of saying thank you and will go a long way in building lasting relationships with our bravest and finest.”

This is the 44th annual EMS Week. President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week in 1974 to recognize the important work emergency medical services personnel do in communities around the country.

The Gardens at Orangeville Honors Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Dinner

The Gardens at Orangeville hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, celebrating the spirit of giving back by recognizing 19 of its dedicated volunteers.

The dinner, which was held at Lucy’s Family Restaurant in Berwick, PA, was followed by an award ceremony with each volunteer being presented a Certificate of Appreciation.

Lorree Levulis, Administrator at The Gardens at Orangeville opened the event with a message of gratitude and thanks to this year’s group of volunteers, saying, “We are both honored and grateful for the friendship and dedication of our volunteers. They truly brighten the days of our residents and staff.”

Ms. Levulis remarks were followed by an introduction of the evening’s honored guest, Rep. David Millard (R-Berwick). “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community,” said Rep. Millard, “I’m pleased to join The Gardens at Orangeville in recognizing those who donate their time to the residents in a variety of ways. It is heartwarming to see helping hands and hearts working together to make others’ lives enjoyable.”

Many of the volunteers encouraged others to join the effort. “I’ve been volunteering at The Gardens at Orangeville for over seven years now,” said Karen Hess, “I highly recommend it! We all have unique skills, talents and abilities – I play Pinochle, others tell jokes – why not share it with others!”

For those interested in volunteer opportunities please reach out to Darlia Sponenberg: 570-683-5036

The Gardens at East Mountain Launches Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Pennsylvania rehabilitation facility, The Gardens at East Mountain, has announced the launch of an innovative new Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program to treat high-risk pulmonary patients. The addition of the program makes The Gardens at East Mountain the first Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) in the Northeast to offer this type of advanced treatment.

In Partnership with O2 Safe Solutions, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to both improve outcomes and decrease hospital re-admissions of patients with pulmonary disease disorders, including those suffering from COPD, emphysema, atelectasis, thoracic surgery, asthma, chronic bronchitis, respiratory failure, pneumonia and CHF. A licensed respiratory therapist is onsite throughout the week to assess, monitor, treat, and educate patients. Key elements of the program include:

  • Patient Education
  • Clinical Activates
  • Physical Exercise Training
  • Phyosocial Intervention
  • Nutrition Assessment and Intervention
  • Outcome Assessment

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program comes as an innovative approach to Pulmonary treatment in the SNF industry. “It’s a game-changer,” says Gary Malia, NHA, Administrator at the East Mountain about the service, “We’re providing a much needed and expanded service to a community of patients that – until now – have had limited treatment options.”

In addition, the program takes a holistic approach to therapy treatment. “Our pulmonary program focuses on three core areas of development,” says Michelle Woods, the program’s Certified Respiratory Therapist: “exercise, education and support, this approach not only helps our patients learn to breathe – and function – at the highest level possible, but our patients also learn to manage their Pulmonary condition; empowering them stay healthy and active long after completing the program.”