Case Study: Riverside Premier Rehabilitation & Healing Center (November 2017)

Patients Age: 74
Admission Date: 5/23/17
Admitted From: Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital
Discharge Date: 12/1/17
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 52 days over the course of two stays
Reason for Stay: Short Term Rehab
How did this patient hear about the Riverside? Hospital social work department and lives locally.

Details of Experience:

Miss. Moser was admitted to The Riverside on the 23rd of May from Mount Sinai St. Luke’s hospital. Miss Moser. had suffered a stroke and had a right internal capsule infarct. One evening after taking a shower, she slipped and fell to the ground. Miss. Moser was brought to St Luke’s hospital. After spending five weeks at the hospital, Miss. Moser was transferred to The Riverside for short term rehab. Upon admission. Miss. Moser received a warm greeting from The Riverside staff. Each and every team member did their best to make her feel right at home.

Miss. Moser was immediately assessed by members of the therapy department. The therapists determined that Miss. Moser had a decrease in muscle strength and endurance as well as impaired balance. At this time, Miss. Moser required maximum assistance for bathing and using the bathroom as well as modified assistance for independent dressing. Miss. Moser would require several weeks of physical and occupational therapy in order to return back to her daily life safely.

After approximately five weeks of intense physical and occupational therapy, Miss. Moser was now able to use the bathroom on her own with only her walker; she was able to also bathe herself with limited supervision and able to walk from her room to the dining room on her own! She was even able to make herself a sandwich, which she was very proud of!

On the 8th of June, Miss. Moser was discharged from The Riverside back to her home in New York. The social workers and discharge planner worked to arrange home care for Miss. Moser to help maintain her strength back home. She stated “When I got to The Riverside I started doing physical and occupational therapy and many different physical activities, which I haven’t done since I was 16-years-old in gym class. I was someone who did not take care of my physical health prior to coming to The Riverside.” Miss. Moser, feeling a sense of Renewal, was ready to continue her recovery back home.

Several months later, Miss. Moser started to feel some pain in her back as well as all around weakness. On the 20th of October she decided it would be in her best interest to return back to the emergency room. After spending five days at St. Luke’s Hospital, the medical staff felt Miss. Moser would once again require short term rehab. Based on her prior positive experience at The Riverside, Miss. Moser requested to be transferred back to the Riverside.

This time around, Miss. Moser had a diagnosis of lower back pain and decrease in strength, she was having a hard time getting up and sitting down in her chair. She was once again unable to use the bathroom on her own and her balance was very weak. She was experiencing a pain level of 9/10, which limited her walking abilities to just a few steps. Once again, Miss. Moser was determined to put all her effort into her therapy so she could return home safely and independently.

Day-by-day Miss. Moser kept pushing herself to work hard in her therapy and to eat proper meals.

It has now been just over a month since Miss. Moser’s return to The Riverside. She is once again walking to and from the dining room, getting in and out of bed and is able to dress herself. Being that she lives close to the community, Miss. Moser and her therapists took a trip to her residence to practice a real life trial of how she would do back home. Her therapists were impressed how well she did! Overall, Miss. Moser is having a wonderful experience at The Riverside. She stated “the staff at The Riverside are great, especially my CNA, Mira!”
Miss. Moser is set to discharge on the 1st of December and is looking forward to returning to her home in New York City!
We wish Miss. Moser the best of luck and good health moving forward.