Rehabilitation Helps a Stroke Patient Return Home
Lee Glass, of McAlisterville, likes to be busy. At 77, he builds crafts, enjoys yard work and gardening and takes care of a few chickens (13,000 to be exact) on the family farm. After a recent stroke and a stay at Geisinger Medical Center, Lee chose rehabilitation at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital.
Like Lee, most people have to make a choice about stroke rehabilitation from a hospital bed. Knowing where you would go ahead of time and what level of rehabilitation you want, can make all the difference in a patient’s recovery.
When Lee started inpatient stroke rehabilitation, he had limited use of his right side, including his right arm. Lee received three hours of therapy a day, including physical, occupational and speech therapy. A retired builder (Lee and his brother owned Glass Brothers Construction in Freeburg), Lee was focused on improving the function and strength of his right side. “I’ve been building things my whole life,” says Lee. “I built our home and everything from to cradles to toy boxes. I owe my great-granddaughter a jewelry box. That’s next!”
Lee and his wife, Marlene, have been married and living together in McAlisterville since 1985. Lee has two daughters, two grandsons and a great-granddaughter. Marlene is the organist and pianist at their church, Pine Grove United Methodist in Mifflintown.
At HealthSouth, Lee had daily physician visits and an interdisciplinary health care team to manage his care. His goal was to get strong and return to his home and family. Lee says, “The food at HealthSouth is good to very good, but I’m ready for my wife’s cooking again.”
An important component of rehabilitation at HealthSouth is education. Stroke patients like Lee, and their families, learn about nutrition, safety in the home and stroke risk factors, both through classes and at the bedside. HealthSouth pharmacists also participate in education, helping patients and families manage their medications. “We’re available to help as much as someone needs,” says HealthSouth Pharmacist Lance Kephart. “We’ll do a brown bag review for patients who want it. We go over every medicine they take, explain how they work and look for anything that is outdated or may need to be adjusted.”
After two weeks of therapy, Lee is walking with ease, using stairs and feeding himself with his right arm again. Lee will be discharged to home, transitioning from inpatient therapy at Pleasant Gap to outpatient therapy at HealthSouth’s Outpatient Clinic in Lewistown. Reflecting on his stroke, Lee says, “You think it will never happen to you. I’m glad that I came here, because now I get to go home and get back to doing the things I love.”
HealthSouth’s stroke rehabilitation program is certified by the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval in health care for disease-specific care. For more information about HealthSouth inpatient or outpatient stroke rehabilitation or a tour, call (814) 359-3421 or visit www.nittanyvalleyrehab.com.