When 37-year-old Kelly Downing came to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Greenbriar, paralyzed from the neck down as a result of chronic Lyme disease, she was unlike any patient the team had ever seen.
Her occupational therapist, Stacey Irek, has said: “With her diagnosis, there was no textbook we could follow.”
The only one that might come close, they thought, was another Kelly, who had a neurological condition that had also caused neck-down paralysis, and who had been treated at Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital Clear Lake in Webster, Texas.
“Our Kelly’s brother had seen the video on YouTube about Kelly Ford – the so-called ‘Running Mom’ who had lost the ability to walk, paralyzed from the neck down,” Stacey said. “He noted the similarities and they asked us about it.”
We are excited that one of our patient success stories is getting national media attention. Kelly Downing’s inspirational recovery will be profiled tomorrow, October 9, on Katie Couric’s talk show.
For those of you not familiar with Kelly’s story, she is a 37-year-old mother who, as a result of Chronic Lyme Disease, experienced full paralysis from the neck down. Because of the clinical and intense rehabilitative interventions provided by our rehabilitation division, RehabCare at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Greenbriar, in Nashua, NH, she was able to regain her strength and abilities and return home to her husband, young children and active lifestyle – something she didn’t think possible before her stay at Greenbriar.
Watch Kelly’s story:
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When someone suffers a traumatic brain trauma — whether it’s from an automobile accident, severe stroke or other injury — he or she is initially admitted to an Intensive Care Unit. After patients are medically stable, it may be necessary to transfer them to a long-term acute care or transitional care facility before an acute rehabilitation or subacute rehabilitation facility.
According to Terry Eberly, a speech pathologist at Kindred Hospital Denver, two assessment methods are used to determine the extent of the injury and issues that need to be addressed:
Based on the results of the evaluation, a plan is customized to the needs of the individual, encompassing and integrating therapies to treat respiratory, speech, motor, visual, orthopedic and other identified issues.
After several years of anticipation and a great deal of confusion over the Affordable Care Act, today marks the day that the insurance marketplaces – otherwise known as exchanges – begin enrollment for individuals not covered by employer insurance benefits.
In recent days and weeks, there has been additional confusion about what this all means with debates about defunding healthcare reform on Capitol Hill and the most recent shutdown of the federal government. So, we want to explain what this all means for you.
First of all, neither the current back and forth in Congress or the temporary government shutdown over the budget will impact the insurance exchanges. As the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this morning, “the marketplace is open for business.”
So what does it mean?
My first few months at Kindred have been a flurry of activity and somewhat of a blur. I have learned much about our organization, but there is clearly a great deal more for me to learn. In order to do so, I will focus on listening and gaining knowledge from my great colleagues throughout our enterprise. We have great people – and I will rely on them to be my teachers!
A new bill seeks to address some recently uncovered oral hygiene issues, including use of emergency rooms for dental problems and a lack of oral care services available in nursing facilities. The bill would expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage of dental care services and provide grants for providers to deliver services in nursing homes. Read the story
A glitch in the Affordable Care Act may mean that health insurance is actually not affordable for some families. Read the story
By studying blood samples from people who made it through the 2009 swine flu pandemic without getting sick, scientists may be within five years of creating a universal flu vaccine. Read the story
The Food and Drug Administration is now requiring that medical implants such as stents and pacemakers be equipped with tracking numbers, a move that safety proponents have advocated for years. The tracking numbers may allow problems to be identified sooner.
It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to know that changes are afoot in the SNF physician workforce. On some days it seems like our way of life is nearly extinct. I’ve had a dozen phone conversations over the past eighteen months with colleagues in Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Vermont – to name a few – who all relate a similar tale: there used to be 8-10 physicians who cared for SNF patients in our community, now there are only two or three, sometimes only one, and in a few instances none at all! In several instances, the struggle to find physician coverage for our residents and medical directors for our centers has been painstaking and nerve-racking. And it is the rare physician who arranges his or her own succession plan, as you probably well know.
New research has shown that minorities are less likely than whites to pursue hospice care, but those differences can be overcome by palliative care consultations. Read the story
A study of middle-aged people with and without chronic inflammation has revealed that those with the condition may be more likely to develop diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment as they age. Read the story
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 23,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections, signaling a worrisome health trend with multi-factorial causes. Read the story
Under the Affordable Care Act, new insurance plans may cover treatment for obesity, classifying it as a disease. It' a controversial move, though. Read the story
In acknowledgement of Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Week, The Kindred Continuum speaks with Patricia Kerr, coder for Kindred Hospitals Louisville, Louisville at Jewish Hospital, Nashville and Dayton.
Patti, age 50, lives and works remotely in Crestwood, Kentucky.
KC: What is your daily schedule like?
PK: I usually log on by 8 a.m. First, I compile my daily reports for admissions and discharges, and update my ongoing lists. I also note any new procedures on the daily list provided by transcription. After assessing what admissions and discharges must be done that day in order to keep within department turnaround times, I prioritize my work for the day. I verify and update vent hours for patients that I’ve noted on admission, code admissions, discharges and procedures for each of my four facilities. I also check for new trackers and scans throughout the day.
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