Success Stories

Daniel - Going Home

Daniel came to the Brentwood North program recovering from pneumonia and with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Daniel's wife wanted to see if we could work on improving his physical strength because if he could recover from the pneumonia, she could take him home. The first few days were very difficult for Daniel. He knew he was no longer at home but had no idea where he was. He was very weak and had difficulty getting out of bed and dressing. His speech was mostly nonsensical with only occasional clear words.

Care plans were set up for his nursing, physical and social rehabilitation. Physical therapy worked closely with Daniel to help him overcome his weakness from the pneumonia. Unit nursing staff helped him make great strides in his ability to swallow fluids, while the dietary department made sure he ate what he enjoyed. Gradually he was able to participate in many activities.

We assisted Daniel in his rehabilitation to the point where he could join his wife in their new home. By then, he had completely recovered from his pneumonia and was in much better physical health. During his time with us, Daniel experienced an increase in meaningful and pleasant activities and became more social. His speech also cleared a little more (although we still had to listen closely) and he was far less combative during personal care. The behavior problems that his wife had reported had improved significantly.

Most of Daniel's problems were related to the pneumonia and Alzheimer's. By effectively treating his pneumonia, increasing his social activities and strengthening his walking, we were able to improve Daniel's functioning to the point where his wife was comfortable caring for him at home again.

Renee - Healing and Recovery

Renee, 61, was admitted to Brentwood North on July 24, 2014, with multiple infections due to the rejection of hardware in her hip replacement. She came in on IV antibiotics and was unable to care for herself. In less than a month she had progressed to the point where she was able to walk alone with a walker, and she returned home on August 13. She could get in and out of a vehicle, bathe and dress herself and make meals at home.

"I recently spent three weeks in the Transitional Care Unit at Brentwood North. I was frightened when I first entered the facility, as I had never imagined I would need such care. I was warmly welcomed by management who continued to check on my care throughout my stay," Renee said.

"The care offered by the nurses, and especially the certified nursing assistants, immediately put me at ease. Their superb service is provided with compassion, smiles, humor and a caring attitude. These people are a blessing! The physical and occupational therapy department has a staff that has worked strongly together over the years. They are knowledgeable and present your therapy in a positive environment."

"A life experience I was dreading turned into a blessing for me!"