Hillcrest Commons Admits, Treats, and Discharges a Healthy Patient During Height of COVID-19 Pandemic
Gail B., of Pittsfield, MA, was admitted to Hillcrest Commons after suffering two falls at home. She experienced significant skin tears on both shins, a knee strain, the sensation of being off-balance, and worsening leg edema caused by weight gain. Thanks to the extensive staff education and creative delivery of PT and OT services, Gail was given the safe space she needed to recover. Nurses dressed her leg wounds daily and therapists gave her the tools she needed to return home. After 30 days, Gail was discharged feeling safe and healthy – even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Treatment: April 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
Course of Treatment:
• Physical Therapy – 5 days a week, 1 hour a day
– Education about safety in the home
– Stair training
– Outdoor ambulation
• Occupational Therapy – 5 days a week, 1 hour a day
– Lower-body bathing
– Home management tasks
– Standing tolerance without assisted device
– High-level activities of daily living (ADLs) – functional mobility within the home
A Thank You From Gail:
To my Nursing Team: I am truly impressed by how the nurses and CNAs handled my needs with such excellent professionalism and care. I know it must not have been an easy task, seeing as I needed daily dressings on my legs in the middle of a pandemic. Thank you.
To the Administrative Staff: From admissions, to discharge, and everything in between, you were all attentive, responsive, and considerate. Not only did someone check on my needs every single day, they checked on my satisfaction as well.
To my Physical Therapists: Thank you for restoring my mobility, strength, and coordination. You were all so helpful!
To my Occupational Therapists: You helped me get my confidence and endurance back. I now feel ready and safe to use the daily routines we worked on together from the comfort of my home.
To the Dietary Team: You all exceeded my expectations in meeting my specific dietary needs. You played a big role in allowing me to have a pleasant and worry-free stay.