Short-term Rehab Patient Returns home to Dalton, MA

Following traumatic injury, patient recovers with help from Hillcrest Commons

Doris B., of Dalton, MA, suffered a fall at home while walking upstairs. She suffered multiple traumatic injuries including fractured ribs, scapula, cervical and lumbar spine. She was required to wear a neck and clamshell brace to facilitate the healing process. After spending 6 days in the hospital, Mrs. Batanglo was admitted to the short-term rehab unit at Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a COVID-19-free community.

Treatment: January 2020 – April 2020

Course of Treatment:
 • Physical Therapy – 6 days a week, 1 hour a day
 • Occupational Therapy – 6 days a week, 1 hour a day
– Self-care Training
– Home Management
– Home Safety Assessment
– Video Training with Family and Resident on TLSO brace and neck brace
 • Discharge planning with family through FaceTime
 • Telehealth meeting with Neuro and Orthopedic surgeon
 • Diathermy to shoulder to decrease pain and increase movement
 • Training in:
– Bed Mobility
– Gait
– Transfers
– Stairs

Ms. Batanglo began her treatment at Hillcrest Commons before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and was able to remain healthy during her stay thanks to prevention strategies implemented at the community. She returned home with BVNA, providing physical and occupational therapy and skilled nursing care. Her family also undertook a home renovation based on the results of a home visit and assessment.

“I have been very happy with my stay at Hillcrest Commons. The staff has really gone above and beyond to help get me back home. The last few months of my stay was during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we could not have visitors, I found that staff went that extra mile in visiting and trying to meet my needs especially at a time that was so uncertain. It made me feel more secure and cared for.”
– Doris B.

To learn more about the superior care offered at Hillcrest Commons, call Deirdre Tozer-Hayes, Admissions Director, at 413-445-9747.