Gordon Progresses to Independence!
Gordon was admitted to Embassy of Saxonburg following a month-long hospital stay related to coronary artery disease in native artery requiring coronary artery bypass grafting x 3, placement of a pacemaker and insertion of a defibrillator. He suffered bradycardic cardiac arrest during hospitalization, requiring a stay in the surgical ICU. Gordon had a slow start to rehabilitation, but eventually tolerated intensive occupational therapy and physical therapy services to assist him in regaining his strength, endurance, mobility, and overall independence with activities of daily living. He participated in two weeks of intensive skilled therapy services with treatment plans including: upper/lower extremity strengthening, ADL retraining, static/dynamic balance training, transfer training, gait training and education/training with his wife. Following is a summary of Gordon’s gains in rehabilitation programs:
Physical Therapy Progress Summary: Gordon initially required minimal assistance for bed mobility, ambulation, and functional transfers. Gordon was only able to ambulate 50 feet on admission with a wheeled walker and minimal assistance due to imbalance, poor endurance, and weakness. He progressed to being independent (without an assistive device) for all functional mobility tasks and was ambulating on both even and uneven surfaces up to 350 feet, as well as being able to ascend/descend 5 steps with one handrail independently.
Occupational Therapy Progress Summary: Gordon initially required moderate assistance for toileting task completion, LB bathing/dressing, and functional transfers during ADL completion. He progressed, with the help of therapy services, as well as his wife, to be independent with all ADLs, toileting task completion and bathroom transfers. His activity tolerance improved from 5 minutes of continuous activity to 20-25 minutes of continuous activity.
After a full month in the hospital and only two weeks with Aspen’s therapy team at Embassy of Saxonburg, Gordon was able to return home to reside with his wife Lois at an independent level, requiring no assistive device, and plans to continue his rehab with home health services. Congratulations Gordon and Team Saxonburg!
Gordon is pictured here with Julie, OTR/L and FRC at Saxonburg.