Squirrel Hill Super Bingo

Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing is elated to announce their annual community Super Bingo! The community is excited for this special event, and to welcome local seniors in the community to join in on this fun afternoon of laughs, lunch, prizes, and of course, Bingo! The afternoon will begin at 12pm on Tuesday, July 25th.

Squirrel Hill Amputee Walking School Seminar

Squirrel Hill was proud to host their Signature Amputee Walking School Seminar alongside sister communities, Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation & Healing and Forbes Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare! The Presentation was headlined  by Paralympic Gold Medalists Todd Schaffhauser and Dennis Oehler, pioneers of the Amputee Walking School program! The seminar took place on Thursday, June 15th, where CEUs were offered for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and case management professionals in the Pennsylvania region. Thank you to all who attended this incredible event! 

For more on our Signature Amputee Support Program, please click here!

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Squirrel Hill Paint Nite

Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing was excited to host their first Paint Nite on Tuesday, June 28th! We were excited to host this evening for local community social workers who do so much for the Squirrel Hill community. The evening featured delicious drinks, food, and of course, painting! A great time was had by all!

Case Study: Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (May 2016)

Patients Age: 40 years
Admission Date: 10/15/16
Admitted From: UPMC Presby
Discharge Date: Current Resident
Discharged To: Current Resident
Length of Stay:
Reason for Stay: Wound care, therapy
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Center? Hospital Social Worker

Details of Experience:

After several months in the hospital and a planned weight loss of over 200 pounds this resident admitted to Squirrel Hill center for therapy and wound care. At the time of admission her weight was 480 pounds, she was in need of wound care and full assistance with all her activates. As her medical condition began to improve she slowly progressed in her self-care as well. After six months here, and nearly 14 months in total she stood for the first time. Resident states that her thoughts she would never be able to walk again but slowly progresses week by week. At this time she is walking over 50 feet with staff assistance and has lost an additional 60 pounds since she arrived. With the need for an additional surgery as well as continued therapy she will not be able to discharge yet. She remains an inspiration to many others here who may say they can’t do one thing or another. She will often tell them, “you just gotta not be scared, you just gotta do it.”

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Case Study: Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (April 2016)

Patients Age: 65 years
Admission Date: 3/22/16
Admitted From: McKeesport Hospital
Discharge Date: 4/28/16
Discharged To: Winter Haven PCH
Length of Stay: 38 Days
Reason for Stay: I.V. Antibiotics and Therapy
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Center? Hospital Social Worker

Details of Experience:
Resident was a diabetic admitted to McKeesport Hospital with cellulitis and general weakness. At the time of discharge from the hospital he required skilled nursing care for completion of I.V. antibiotics as well as PT/OT to increase his endurance and self-care skills. Resident resided in a personal care home which required him to be able to complete transfers with minimal assistance and walk a minimum of 100 feet with adaptive equipment. On admission to Squirrel Hill Rehab he was totally dependent on assistance to complete dressing his lower body and only able to ambulate a distance of five feet. Therapy provided encouragement and educated resident on the use of adaptive devices to promote independence in his ADL’s, specifically those involving his lower extremities. At the end of his 38 day stay he returned to his personal care home with the ability to ambulate a distance of 125 feet using a wheeled walker; exceeding the minimum discharge requirement of 100 feet. Social services connected him with UPMC Jefferson Home Health to provide additional
outpatient therapy upon discharge.

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Case Study: Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (March 2016)

Patients Age: 75 years
Admission Date: 3/1/16
Admitted From: Allegheny Valley
Discharge Date: 3/14/16
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Reason for Stay: Therapy following surgery
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Hill? Hospital Social Worker

Details of Experience:
Resident was admitted to Squirrel Hill following surgery on 2/29/16 to repair his left shoulder. His arm was Immobilized to expedite healing. This left him with limited ability for self-care due to decreased range of motion as well as feelings of general weakness. During his stay he participated in both occupational and physical therapy while also receiving wound care and pain management. He received one on one education on adaptive equipment needed to assist him in lower body dressing and range of motion. His feelings of weakness decreased and he progressed from waling 100 feet with stand by assist to unlimited walking alone. At the end of his two week stay he was able to safely discharge to his home where he lived alone. Resident continues to progress at home while receiving outpatient therapy and assistance from Emerald home Health.

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Case Study: Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (February 2016)

Patients Age: 67 years
Admission Date: 1/29/16
Admitted From: UPMC Mercy
Discharge Date: 2/17/16
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 20 Days
Reason for Stay: Vertigo-therapy and medication
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Center?
Hospital Social Worker

Details of Experience:

Resident was transported by her son after a stay at mercy Hospital to tread her Vertigo and COPD. At the time of admission she was ambulating 100 Ft with a wheeled walker and standing 6-7 minutes with therapy staff supervision. Resident lives alone and at time of admission was concerned with her lack of balance and bouts of dizziness due to the Vertigo.

With the assistance of occupational and physical therapy she was able to learn positioning to increase her tolerance while providing safety in the event of an episode of dizziness. Her times increased to 250 feet with use of a wheeled walker and 15 minutes of standing at discharge.

Care plan when returning home included safety measures such as Lifeline and follow up with the Hearing and Balance Center.
Upon discharge Resident stated, “Everyone was very helpful and made sure I had what I needed.”

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Case Study: Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (January 2016)

Patients Age: 59
Admission Date: 1/8/16
Admitted From: Mercy Hospital
Discharge Date: 1/15/16
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 7 Days
Reason for Stay: Therapy following hip replacement
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Hill? Hospital social worker

Details of Experience:

Resident arrived at the Squirrel Hill Center on January 8th following a hip replacement. At the time of admission he could stand and bear weight with minimal assistance for three minutes. Resident stated he was reluctant to stand or bear weight because of the previous pain he had felt before surgery. After only one week of therapy resident was able to stand fifteen minutes. He was also walking short distances with modified independence using a quad cane for balance.

Resident stated, “The therapy team really helped me get over my fear. They got right in my head and helped me work through it.”

He worked with his social worker to arrange continuation or therapy with an outpatient program. The caring therapy team here at Squirrel Hill were able to not only increase his physical abilities but also to provide the reassurance needed to overcome the limitations he was facing do to his fear of the previous pain.

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Case Study: Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing (December 2015)

Patients Age: 59
Admission Date: 8/31/15
Admitted From: Acute care Hospital
Discharge Date: 12/22/15
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 113 Days
Reason for Stay: Increase endurance and monitor while receiving outpatient chemo treatments
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Hill?Previous admission

Details of Experience:

Resident arrived at the Squirrel Hill Center on August 31st 2015.

Resident admitted from WPIC with a primary diagnosis of COPD, lung mass and schizophrenia. Therapy plan included physical therapy to increase endurance, medication management and assistance with daily activities. Squirrel Hill team worked closely with resident, her family and outside mental health case management team to provide an ongoing support system while resident received outpatient chemotherapy treatments for a lung mass.

Upon arrival resident was able to walk 20 feet with contact assistance for stability and a pain rating or a 7 out of ten. Resident did suffer a minor setback which required a 5 day hospital stay at the time of discharge. This also resulted in the need for a knee brace.

At the time of discharge the resident had increased her endurance and was walking 130 feet and able to walk up and down the 8 steps required to enter her home.
Resident was discharged with a seamless continuation of therapy services from a home health provider.

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