03 April 2018

Thanks to an Oregon community’s caring professionals and their partnership with Brookdale Healthcare Services (BHS), a resident who was bed-bound for nearly a year is now active again. Not only is Janie often on her feet or propelling her wheelchair down the halls of Brookdale Wilsonville, her joy and enthusiasm are contagious to all she meets.

Executive Director Kathy White said the resident’s physical turnaround is a gift to those who live and work with her.   

“She is the epitome of the perfect resident,” Kathy said. “Whatever therapy she had in rehab ceased completely at the foster home where her wheelchair would not fit through the door,” Kathy explained. “Her friends are her only family, and they pushed to get the transfer from California. Brookdale did the assessment and Wilsonville Sales Manager Michele Veno organized the transportation, which included the flight to Portland and drive south to Wilsonville. Nurses at the community installed a Halo (a circular, safe alternative to bedrails), and teamed up with BHS to provide physical therapy in Janie’s apartment. 

Janie is now on the move, an active ambassador for the Assisted Living floor. “She always encourages people to come to activities and meals, and takes special treats to people who can’t leave their rooms,” Kathy adds. “She is so gracious, and she cries out of happiness.”   

Out of gratitude for the care she’s receiving, Janie writes numerous letters affirming community associates. Once a cruise ship enthusiast, Janie wrote a recent note comparing living at the community to being on a fabulous cruise. “This ship is smooth sailing. The care and concerns they show for residents are more than just caring for us – they are loving to us and that goes for the whole staff.”

Kathy explains that her staff truly appreciates how Janie’s life has been enhanced since moving in. “We have rallied around her. Whatever she needs is taken care of. We have had great collaboration in getting the assessment and ensuring we have the right equipment and her apartment is equipped correctly. We are encouraging her to do all she can on her own. She takes advantage of all the activities, and she works with Physical Therapy and does the hard work.”

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