Penelope Young came to HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital from her home in Williamsport. A recent hip surgery and a heart failure diagnosis caused her to become too weak to safely stay at home.
“I couldn’t walk, and I was dependent on my daughter to help me,” said Young. “A case manager in the Williamsport Hospital ER suggested that I go to HealthSouth for rehabilitation. I feel like she saved my life.”
Three hours of therapy a day with a focus on education helped Young gain strength and learn how to manage her heart failure diagnosis. Personalized education and weekly classes are provided by HealthSouth clinicians to help patients and their families with topics such as weight monitoring, nutrition and medication.
“We spend a lot of time teaching our patients about how to live with a heart failure diagnosis, so that when they return home, they will succeed in managing their symptoms,” says nurse manager Jessica Coudriet, CRRN. “Our heart failure rehabilitation program has earned a disease-specific care certification from the Joint Commission-- patient and family education is an essential part of our patient care.”
“I love it here,” said Penelope. “The staff talks to you and teaches you how to take care of yourself when you get home and I saw a doctor every day. The words ‘heart failure’ are scary to hear, but I learned how I can help myself, and now I have a better outlook. I still have a lot of life left in me.”