The power of therapy is truly harnessed when our practice can provide continuity of care and treat a patient through all three rehabilitation settings: acute care, inpatient rehab and outpatient physical therapy! Ms. Vickie, a grandmother in New Orleans, fell ill with COVID-19 and spent 30 days with the doctors and nurses at our partner hospital Tulane Medical Center. Ms. Vickie’s story was even featured on the local news!
In acute care, she was able to gain the strength to be removed from the ventilator. At inpatient rehab, she worked to gain independence spending three hours each day for two weeks with speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. Thanks to her dedication and hard work, Ms. Vickie is back home and continuing her therapy with the outpatient team at PT Solutions of Metairie.
Jessie Otis, Clinic Director of Tulane Inpatient Rehab, said, “It’s so nice for inpatient therapists to see their patients all the way through their continuum of care. Too often we don’t get to see their final outcomes.” When asked about her time in therapy, Ms. Vickie said, “You all treated me so well while I was in the hospital and rehab, I can’t begin to thank you enough. My time in therapy has been tremendously awesome. You gave me the will, the power, and the tools to motivate myself to get better.”
Recently, Jessie ran into her former patient at the Metairie clinic. “She’s no longer using an assistive device and is running circles around everyone. Ms. Vickie is so grateful to the entire team, and was just so funny going through all her new exercises with me. It made me tear up a bit.” Jessie said.