Chauncey is a
retired dentist who was living with his wife and was very independent, athletic
and actively involved in the community. Chauncey enjoys surfing, riding his bicycle
and being in the outdoors, and was a caregiver for his wife who had chronic
Chauncey developed a cough. The next morning, he went to the emergency room of
a short-term acute care hospital where his condition rapidly deteriorated.
Chauncey went into respiratory failure and was placed on a mechanical
ventilator to help him breathe. He had a very complicated hospital stay and
eventually had a tracheostomy. He also had various infections that prevented
him from improving medically. Chauncey was unable to eat and required nutrition
through a feeding tube. His doctors transferred him to Kindred Hospital Brea
for continued care.
Upon admission, Kindred Hospital’s
multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists and specialists had specific
goals for Chauncey. They were determined to wean him from the ventilator, help
him regain his ability to eat a normal diet, clear up his infections, and rebuild
his functional ability so he could return home to his previous activities.
Chauncey’s stay at Kindred Hospital
was complicated by many medical setbacks that made his recovery very slow. He
also struggled with being depressed due to his medical situation. A
psychiatrist was asked to see Chauncey and work with him on this issue. Chauncey
also had great support from his children who were a daily encouragement as well
as advocates for him.
With the physicians’ daily guidance and the work of
the clinical treatment team, Chauncey slowly improved to the point that he did
not require the ventilator to breathe any longer. His infections were resolved
and he regained the ability to start walking again with the assistance of his
physical therapists. Having made tremendous progress, Chauncey still required
further physical therapy, and close medical management.
Chauncey and his family chose to discharge to a less
intense level of care, the Kindred Brea Subacute Unit. There, Chauncey
continued his medical treatment. His tracheostomy was removed and he continued
to improve in his activities of daily living through further rehab.
Chauncey made continuous progress at Kindred Subacute
and was discharged home with his wife and family six weeks after admission.
“It is the people that cared for me that I will always
remember,” said Chauncey. “They were so good to me and really cared. It is the
same way at the subacute, caring people and doctors that care. I should know - I’m
a doctor myself.”
Kindred Hospital Brea’s
offers subacute care for patients who require comprehensive, interdisciplinary
inpatient rehabilitation prior to discharge home or to an alternative facility.
Additional services available include wound care, IV therapy management, daily
suctioning, respiratory care, tube feeding, management of an array of
clinically complex care, including pneumonia, diabetes, and chemotherapy.
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