Preserving Personal Freedom

By Kindred Healthcare

The word “independence” often brings to mind democracy, justice and patriotism, especially near the fourth of July. However, it rarely recalls thoughts of personal physical freedom. Many take their physical mobility for granted, but thousands of people in the United States are struggling to stay independent due to a myriad of health issues. Kindred recognizes that personal independence and freedom are integral to the treatment of the patient and their family, and works to preserve or recover that freedom.

Kindred’s services differ from that of a traditional nursing home in that Kindred provides specialized short-term rehabilitation, bridging the gap between hospital and home, as well as long-term care provided in a safe, compassionate environment that fosters independence and dignity.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Deborah is an example of Kindred's commitment to personal freedom. After a round of chemotherapy, she was unable to put any weight on her leg. She believed that she would be unable to achieve independence and movement. After coming to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Foothill, her condition improved dramatically, to the point where she was able to walk with a brace.

Kelly, a wife and mother of two, experienced rapid deterioration in her health to the point where she was on life support for six weeks. After being admitted to Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital Clear Lake and undergoing rehabilitation therapy, she was walking again within weeks and returned home to her family.

Patients at Kindred facilities might be an active senior citizen recovering from a knee replacement before returning to the golf course, or a young mother receiving physical therapy to recover from an auto accident. Kindred recognizes the inherent differences in each situation and works to tailor a specific plan of treatment for each patient. This method, coupled with the attentive care of our healthcare team, allows for maximum results and satisfaction. In fact, over 50% of our patients are able to return home after an average stay of 31 days!