Thelma Was In Trouble
Thelma (not her real name) is an 89 year old woman who, before becoming our client, was in long term care for 13 years following removal of a brain tumor. She had been assessed as having “reached her therapeutic plateau”, meaning that she could never get better.
The Medical Establishment Had Abandoned Her
After that assessment, her therapy treatments were stopped for years. As a result of that cessation of therapy, her quality of life declined sharply:
- She suffered from a “dropped foot”
- She lost the ability to walk
- She became almost completely bed bound.
- Her transfers from bed to wheel chair were accomplished with the use of a Hoyer lift.
- She had not even had a shower in all those years; the facility staff just gave her sponge baths.
- She was isolated in a private room at the end of a hall in her long term care facility.
We Have The Privilege Of Restoring Her Quality Of Life
When she became our client, we immediately assessed her situation as being reversible and created a plan of care to improve her situation and her quality of life.
- We successfully advocated for physical therapy to begin again. After receiving physical therapy once again, she reached her “therapeutic plateau” and services were stopped.
- We started her on our personal training plan as soon as her physical therapy ended.
- Within months she no longer required skilled nursing care and moved from Long Term Care (a rehab/nursing home) to a much less restrictive level of care, in assisted living.
- Today she is one of our world travelers in our Special Needs Travel program, she has participated in a three month boot camp in Monaco, and is a single person assist.
- She has lived in assisted living since 2009, and she enjoys a spa membership where she indulges in massage and deep tub bubble baths, and continues with her personal trainer twice weekly.
Thelma is now fully engaged in life and cherishes every moment!