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Fall at home leads to positive swing bed stay

Fall at home leads to positive swing bed stay

When Carolyn Murphy fell at home in June and broke her hip, she was concerned how she was going to be able to care for herself and recover at the same time. After surgery on her hip, which required a rod between her hip and her knee, she was faced with the choice of where to go for recovery before she could go back home.

“I really didn’t want to stay in a nursing home. When I found out I had the option to stay here at Carle Richland Memorial, I immediately agreed,” Carolyn said.

Carolyn became a patient on the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital (CRMH) Swing Bed Unit, a service that is available to Medicare patients who need to recover after surgery or illness before going home.

At first, she wasn’t able to put any weight on her foot. “The first time I tried, I almost screamed,” Carolyn said.
But after several sessions with both Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, Carolyn was walking up to 295 feet at one time with the assistance of her walker. 

“I was so proud of myself. I couldn’t have gotten this far without the help of the Physical Therapy staff. I’m very grateful to them,” she said.

Choosing where to go for her recovery time was an easy decision. She lives in Olney and has family there who were able to check on her and check on her home while she continued her stay and therapy at CRMH. 

“Not only would I recommend this service to other Medicare patients needing some place to recover and rehab before going home, I would add that the food is excellent,” Carolyn said. “I’ve enjoyed everything about my stay.”

Carolyn has since been discharged and is now resting comfortably and getting along well at home with some in-home physical therapy and nursing services.

For more information on swing bed services at Carle Richland, contact Megan Middlecoat, RN, at (618) 392-1523.

Categories: Culture of Quality

Tags: hip, Medicare, Olney, Richland, surgical services