Jerry came to Kindred Hospital San Diego from a short-term
acute care hospital, where he had been admitted after falling in his garage. He
had developed complications at the hospital and came to Kindred for ventilator
weaning and rehabilitation.
Upon admission, Jerry had a tracheostomy, so he was
unable to speak or eat by mouth. He was also dealing with a hearing loss. He
was given a hearing amplifier for use during his stay, which helped him
communicate with family and staff. He was also fitted with a Passy Muir
Our speech-language pathologist was able to begin
giving him small amounts of food and liquids and eventually he gained the
ability to tolerate a regular diet. Because Jerry had been confined to his bed
for a prolonged period of time, he had significant weakness and debility when
he was evaluated by our physical and occupational therapists. He was unable to
sit up in bed with maximum assistance and had to have at least two people to
help him just to stand, let alone walk.
Physical and occupational therapy worked with him five
days a week for four weeks, during which time he underwent therapeutic exercise
sessions for strengthening, transfer and mobility training to help with his
functional mobility, and eventually gait training to get him back up on his
feet and walking again. He was motivated and driven, continuously participating
with his therapy sessions and working hard with his therapists, as well as
being encouraged and supported by his family.
Jerry was eventually discharged to a skilled nursing
center for acute rehabilitation services. At that point he was able to get out
of his bed and into a wheelchair with only minimal assistance and was walking
from 25-50 feet with minimal assistance using a walker. He was also able to
perform activities of daily living independently.
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