Lyle, 68, underwent a below the knee amputation due to a diabetic foot ulcer infection. He had an extended hospital stay which made him weak and in need of strengthening, lifestyle training, pain management and wound care.
Lyle lives with his wife and enjoys time with his children and grandchildren and had a goal to return home independently. He also needed help managing his diabetes and learning how to use his prosthesis.
At the center, the interdisciplinary team created a care plan to help Lyle meet his goals. He required wound care and pain management from the nursing team. Physical therapy worked with Lyle to help strengthen his leg and prepare him for his prosthesis. He also learned to walk with a walker and eventually a cane. Occupational therapy worked with Lyle on his daily activities such as getting in and out of the bathtub and using adaptive equipment. The team also worked on dietary modification to manage his diabetes and other lifestyle changes.
Back to Active:
"I didn't know that I would need short-term rehab, but I realized right away that the team was going to get me safely home. I had a great experience and was definitely prepared to return home and back to my family." - Lyle
Heartland, ManorCare and ProMedica skilled nursing centers provide a comprehensive regime of specialized rehabilitation services, each one designed to help you achieve your recovery goal. Find a center near you to learn more about how a post-hospital stay can help you get back to active.