Case Study: Water’s Edge Rehab & Nursing Center at Port Jefferson (June 2019)

Patient’s Name: George Burnett
Patient’s Age: 74-years-old
Admission Date: 04/08/2019
Discharge Date: 06/14/2019
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 67 days
Reason for Stay: Triple Bypass Surgery.
How did this patient hear about Water’s Edge at Port Jefferson Rehabilitation & Nursing Center?: Wife sought out community.

Details of Experience:
Mr. George Burnett was a man who, after serving his time in the Army, simply enjoyed spending time with his wife and kids. On the regular, he was hanging out at home with his wife, watching his son play football and/or spending quality time with his daughter. Although, after a decrease in physical strength and balance, Mr. Burnett found himself in Southside Hospital going through a Triple Bypass Surgery.

Upon discharge at the hospital, George was on the search for a skilled subacute nursing facility that would be utilized to assist him in building strength. Who better than to trust with finding a qualified community than his loving and caring wife? Mrs. Burnett came across the Water’s Edge community in her search and chose us because of our close proximity to their home and recommendations from the hospital.

Mr. Burnett arrived at our facilities, on the evening of April 8th, in which he described the transition over to our community as “good as can be expected.” Upon admission, George was greeted by a number of our interdisciplinary team at the Water’s Edge. By the next morning, he described our team as “caring, attentive, and helpful.”

Our therapy team was eager to assist George in meeting his long term goals. After the initial evaluation, our therapists worked together to come up with a plan of treatment that George was in agreement with. George demonstrated excellent potential because of his will to work hard, prior level of function, strong family support and encouragement. Starting off with a list of short term goals, Mr. Burnett worked to crush each one at a time.

The journey was en route as Mr. Burnett worked on his energy conservation techniques, positioning maneuvers, pressure-relieving techniques, safe transfer techniques and use of assistive devices with our team of physical therapists. All the while, occupational therapy worked with George in order to facilitate improved functional abilities, increase safety and decrease the need for assistance.

Within a few short weeks, Mr. Burnett went from not being able to even attempt walking stairs to being able to walk 15 steps. He went from ambulating 30 feet with a contact guard assist to ambulating 350 feet with modified independence. George was progressing in leaps and bounds; we could not be more thrilled for him!

As George’s discharge quickly approached, he expressed “your community is filled with a wealth of great, kind and supportive people. I had Warren as my therapist and my whole family loves him, we intend to take him to dinner soon. Honestly, your team couldn’t have done their job any better.” Team Water’s Edge wishes George the utmost future and we hope he will visit us soon!