My husband plays in a band in Memphis, and my daughter plays violin, so music is a big part of our lives! We travel a lot, especially to go see live music. We also foster for several rescues. We have been a “foster failure” 3 times, so we now have 3 fur babies that on the weekends we love to take to the Tennessee River.
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Patient Information: Male, Age 71
Diagnosis: Stroke / Left Hemiparesis
History: This gentleman suffered a stroke causing hemiparesis (muscle weakness) to his left leg and arm. After spending a week and a half in the ICU and an additional three weeks in inpatient rehabilitation, he received six weeks of outpatient therapy. Prior to his stroke, this gentleman was independent with all mobility and worked full-time running a heavy equipment corporation.
Cerebral vascular accident (CVA), or stroke, affects 795,000 individuals each year and is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing 140,000. Approximately 87% of all strokes are the ischemic-type. Additionally, it is the leading cause of serious long-term disability. Individuals who suffer stroke often have communication challenges, dysphagia, pain, edema, depression, limitations in mobility, and impaired functional ability.1,2
Patient Information: Male, Age 79
Diagnosis: Wallenberg - Stroke / Dysphagia
History: This gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services after hospitalization due to a stroke. A feeding tube was placed to address his dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Prior to the stroke, he lived in his assisted living apartment and was able to eat a regular diet.
What do you do in your free time? Living in Florida, I just love spending weekends with my family at the beach, watching soccer, or playing music. I started playing the violin at age 5 and guitar at age 7 and it one of my favorite hobbies. But mostly, my time is spent with the entire family as we are involved in the local Hungarian Community. We are members of a performing Hungarian Archery Team – the Hun Archers. We perform all over the Southeast USA at Folk Festivals, Renaissance Festivals, and Hungarian Festivals. Which takes up a lot of my free time but, is so much fun.
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Patient Information: Female, Age 91
Diagnosis: Left Hip Pain / Spinal Stenosis / Difficulty Walking
History: This woman, a long-term skilled nursing facility resident, was referred to therapy due to a significant decline in functional mobility including bed mobility, transfers and walking. The decline was preceded by a fall while getting out of the car with her daughter, after which
she experienced increased pain in her left hip and back. Prior to this incident, she required minimal assistance with most functional tasks.
Opioids are commonly prescribed for acute and chronic pain, including after surgeries such as THR, TKR, and ORIF. Opioids have numerous side effects and a high potential for misuse. Over-reliance on opioids for acute and chronic pain management has led to alarming trends across the United States, including a record number of people developing opioid use disorders, overdosing on opioids, and dying from overdoses. From 2015 to 2017, the annual number of opioid-related deaths rose 44% from 33,000 to 47,600.¹
What do you do in your free time?
I pride myself in being a family man. My wife, 2 boys (ages 1 and 4), and Golden Retriever Nacho, are blessed to have both sets of grandparents nearby to us in New Jersey. As the boys get older, I look forward to getting back into and sharing my love of tennis, basketball, soccer, and movies with them. I love hosting parties and watching everyone enjoy themselves. We make a big deal out of every birthday, anniversary, and milestone, so the house stays busy with positive energy. My favorite time is during the holidays when family, friends, food, and good spirits feels just perfect.
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Patient Information: Male, Age 80
Diagnosis: Muscle Weakness / Falls
History: This gentleman, a long-term skilled nursing facility resident, was referred to therapy by nursing due to generalized weakness, risk of falls, and a significant decline in his ability to bathe, dress himself and use the bathroom independently over the previous few weeks. Prior to this decline he was able to walk 100 feet with a rolling walker with close supervision and required minimal (25%) assistance for toileting.
According to the CDC, falls are not only a serious health risk, they carry a high economic burden as well. For older adults in the US, fall mortality rates have increased by 30% from 2007 to 2016. In 2015, the total medical cost for falls was more than $50 billion with Medicare and Medicaid accounting for 75% of these costs. The statistics related to falls are astounding. Each year:¹
• Three million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries
• 800,000+ patients are hospitalized due to a fall-related injury, most often head injury or hip fracture
• A typical nursing home with 100 residents reports about 100-200 falls
– 35% of injuries due to falls occur in residents who do not ambulate
• 24% (most common cause) of falls among elderly nursing home residents are due to muscle weakness and gait problems, whereas 16-27%, on average, are due to environmental hazards