Mr. Newell admitted to SHC of Marietta with severe osteoarthritis and knee pain. When he first arrived he could barely stand without severe pain. After several weeks of consistent physical and occupational therapy, Mr. Newell was able to ambulate with minimal assistance using his rolling walker. During my interview with Mr. Newell, he expressed that he was 90 years old and had lived a long life. I could tell by the glare in his eyes that he had a testimony to share. He went on to explain how being here was a rotten situation but how he couldn’t have chosen a better place to do therapy.

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Many older adults and the elderly will experience depression at some point in their life. While depression and sadness might seem to go hand and hand, many depressed seniors claim not to feel sad at all. They will often complain, instead, of low motivation, a lack of energy and physical problems. At SHC of Marietta we understand the causes and the risk factors that contribute to depression in older adults, such as health problems, loneliness and isolation, a reduced sense of purpose and fears.

When Mr. Moss was admitted to SHC of Marietta, he had multiple co-morbidities impacting his treatment. After a careful assessment, we realized that Mr. Moss was also exhibiting signs of depression. Our clinical team rallied together to create a care plan that would help Mr. Moss increase strength and functional mobility, therefore eliminating fear and anxiety.

Mr. Moss has overcome many obstacles on his road to recovery but with the help of his loving wife and the Signature HealthCARE team, he is now capable of returning home. Depression is not an inevitable part of aging; with the proper support, all that seemed lost, can be found.

– Tiffany Banks-Wade

Therapy Success Story of the Week

Mr. Brian Mott transitioned to Signature’s HealthCARE of Marietta’s ExceleratedCare Center after suffering from a stroke.

Mr. Mott lived independently before his stroke and was not prepared for the several weeks he would need to endure during his hospital recovery. Once Mr. Mott was stable, he faced his next dilemma. The stroke caused right side hemiparesis – weakness on one side of the body – and cognitive impairments.

When he transitioned to ExceleratedCare for rehab, he expressed to the therapist, “I just want to be able to walk and go home.” Mr. Mott has since completed his therapy and needs no assistance with transfers, dressing, grooming or walking.

“This has been a learning experience,” he said. “I could not walk prior to coming to Signature HealthCARE of Marietta. I have improved significantly. It must be God’s will…my therapists at Signature are second to none!”

– Tiffany Banks-Wade

Mr. Herold Hemphill was admitted to Signature of Marietta’s ExceleratedCARE unit on 12/4/13 after having a total knee replacement. He presented with decreased strength and range of motion, increased pain and an increased need for assistance from staff.

Within 24 hours, an individualized treatment plan was created which included therapeutic exercises and activities, gait training, modality applications and patient/caregiver training. Mr. Hemphill made tremendous progress and within a week was able to walk from five feet to 75 feet, greatly surpassing his original goal of 25 feet. When asked about his experience, he said, “I love the staff here. The nurses and nursing assistants are right on top of things, and the rehab department is second to none.”

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Mr. Caudall is a 72-year-old male admitted from an acute-care hospital. During his hospital stay, Mr. Caudall experienced a severe decline in his functional mobility due to muscle weakness, impaired balance and inability to ambulate.

Prior to the hospital stay, Mr. Caudall was living at home independently. He was capable of driving and handling basic daily errands. Mr. Caudall was referred to Signature HealthCARE of Marietta’s ExceleratedCare Center on 11/27/2013. Mr. Caudall is actively participating in all ‘plan of care’ activities, making good progress towards all short-term and long-term goals.

Because of his progress, we have seen a tremendous improvement in his ability to maintain balance and walk with minimum assistance. Mr. Caudall is making great strides on his road to recovery. Because of his determination, he was chosen as our success story of the week. Congratulations Mr. Caudall!