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aged 95, successfully completed a two-month recovery in a rehabilitation
facility from a serious fall which had caused complicated injuries
to her head, leg, back and hip. On a referral from Nancy's local
Senior Center, Brennan Care Services (BCS) contacted Nancy and assessed
home help needs just two days before her discharge. Nancy lives
alone, and although she has an abundant pool of caring friends and
neighbors, she nonetheless was very unsteady and in need of assistance
with many daily living activities. After an initial assessment,
Nancy and BCS agreed upon a daily visiting pattern. Our agreement
reflected her desires to gradually reduce this assistance as her
condition improved until she could ambulate independently.
Rehabilitation - Advocacy - Security
Check-In - Care Management
After five weeks of daily assistance, Nancy was making only
satisfactory recovery progress. She was a willing participant in
her home-based Physical Therapy, but was slowed by a high level
of pain. BCS visited Nancy three-times a week and noted that she
was anxious about the continued pain. Her sleeping pattern was also
intermittent and disrupted by the pain despite mild sleeping medicine.
Moreover, Nancy's doctor was distant to her calls for help and extremely
reluctant to provide pain relief.
worked with the clinic and was able to arrange for another female
clinician in the same practice to administer to Nancy. The two hit
it off and the new doctor recognized that both regular pain relief
and an anti-anxiety medication were required. Unfortunately, Nancy's
anxiety had already begun to peak. One day after beginning a course
of anti-anxiety medication, Nancy had a full-blown anxiety attack
and BCS was called in to assist on a 911 to the hospital.
the next two months, Nancy gradually gained confidence in the effectiveness
of the anti-anxiety medication. Her need for pain relief fell sharply
in almost direct proportion. Slowly, but surely, over a six-month
period and with proper pain and anxiety relief, Nancy became her
old self again with very little attendant loss from the initial
at 97, Nancy walks with just the assistance of a cane or walker.
She is once again the happy and upbeat person she was prior to her
fall. BCS checks in regularly and is still troubleshooting household
or medical issues on demand.