When Ted got a call from Mom in the middle of the workday, he knew there was a problem. He answered the phone and Mom informed him that Dad had just been taken to the hospital by ambulance. He had been painting while on a ladder and fell.
That night Ted visited Dad in the hospital. Although Dad was okay, he needed surgery to repair some broken bones, it was clear that he would need to be placed in a subacute rehabilitation facility before he would be able to return home again.
Ted was frustrated. He did not want his Dad anywhere else but in his own home.
Ted expressed his frustration to the doctors and the healthcare workers. They explained how difficult it would be for his mom to transport his dad to therapy every day. Plus they wanted to be sure that he had the help he needed to prevent further injury. And it would physically difficult for his mom to do the lifting needed to properly care for his dad.
Ted and Mom begrudgingly agreed to place Dad in a rehab facility.
Ted was not sure what to expect at the rehab facility.
Ted shared his concerns with the therapists. They patiently explained to him their course of action with Dad and how they needed to keep him moving to prevent loss of range of motion.
Although it was hard at first, and Dad was initially not happy about being there, slowly he warmed up to the caring workers and understood that what they were doing was the best for him and would enable him to return home in good shape.
Dad didn’t complain about the food, either! He enjoyed being served three tasty meals a day.
After several weeks, Dad was able to return home again as independent as ever with increased knowledge from the therapist of how to get around safely.
Once Dad was home, Ted took the time to thank the subacute rehab facility. He apologized for his resistant attitude he had at first and remarked at how caring and communicative all the workers had been.
At Pickering Manor, we hear a lot of stories like Ted’s. We know it is hard to have your loved one in rehabilitation even for a short time. But over the years we have seen time and time again our patients regain their strength to return home. Through our physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and restorative nursing, our programs are able to meet the needs of your loved one recuperating from illness, injury, or surgery.