Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehabilitation in October celebrates its one-year anniversary with a year of great patient outcomes behind it — outcomes such as that experienced by Ruby Meyer of Hull, Ill.
A bone spur had shut off the circulation to Ruby’s nerves; her doctor was surprised Ruby could even walk. Now, thanks to inpatient rehabilitation services at Hannibal Regional, Ruby is back to living a normal life. After having back surgery to remove the bone spur, Ruby spent just two weeks in inpatient rehab, and then was ready to head for home.
Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehabilitation has served 100 patients since its opening.
“If anyone needs rehab, go to Hannibal Regional. Everything was geared to get me back to where I was before surgery,” Ruby said. “The plan of care was right on target.”
Rehabilitation means reshaping lives and restoring lost abilities after an illness or injury. It means treating the whole patient — physically, emotionally and socially. At the Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehab facility, the comprehensive rehab team provides individualized and goal-oriented treatment programs specifically geared toward the older adult. The focus is to help patients return home or to a reduced level of care. The inpatient rehabilitation professionals include occupational therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, speech-language pathologists, nursing staff and physicians.
Ruby started each day with an hour of physical therapy followed by a break. She would pick back up with occupational therapy for an hour, then a break. Her day consisted of two therapy sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon.
“When I began the physical therapy, it was tough. First time walking along the bars and walking backward was a challenge. But, with each session you could tell there was a gain in my movement,” Ruby said. “The therapists would ask if I was OK, and (ask) if it was too much for me. They would not force me to do too much that I could not tolerate. I never felt pain or hurt when I went through their therapy.”
Ruby received not only physical and occupational therapy as part of her daily routine, but also balance exercises and kitchen and bathroom activity. These additional activities were requirements before she could go home. The balancing exercises included walking up and down steps — designed to mimic what Ruby had at her home, making the transition to her normal life easier upon return. She also was tasked with doing her own laundry, fixing her own meals and being able to carry the food to the table after she fixed it. Additionally, she practiced using the bathroom daily. Ruby was assisted with standing at the sink, brushing her teeth, combing her hair and washing her body. Each plan of care is geared to the patient’s personal needs and goals.
“Each room in the facility was very clean — an experience that I didn’t mind at all,” Ruby said.
Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehabilitation patients are surrounded by a group of highly trained professionals who care about them and are dedicated to guiding them to return to a more normal life. They work as a team to help each patient prepare for life outside of the hospital. It’s work, but it may be the most important work of their life.
For more information, to request an on-site evaluation or to arrange a tour of the facility, call 573-629-3444. Referrals are welcome from physicians, discharge planners, social workers, family members and case managers.
Ruby proudly stated: “The headline of this testimonial should be, ‘If you need thereapy, go to Hannibal Regional Inpatient Rehabilitation.’ I count my blessings every day that I came here.”