Upcoming Healthcare and CEU Event at Squirrel Hill

Join us on Thursday, November 12, from 12pm to 3pm for a free seminar regarding “The Importance of Vaccinations,” featuring speaker Dr. Itskowitz. We will be offering free flu shots, therapeutic chair massages, and much more! Also, from 4:30pm to 7pm, join us for a 2 credit CEU course regarding “Interventions for Patients with Strokes.”

Click on the flyer for more details, and please RSVP to Kerry Sholtes, ksholtes@careritecenters.com to attend this wonderful event. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

Patients Age92
Admission Date: 6/09/15
Admitted From: Mercy Hospital
Discharge Date: 7/01/15
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 22 days
Reason for Stay: Physical/Occupation Rehab after fall
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing? Resident heard of Squirrel Hill center for Rehabilitation and Healing through a current staff member of the community/family friend.

Resident arrived at Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on June 6, 2015.
This resident was hospitalized after suffering a fall at home while reaching for a television remote. This severe fall resulted in a fractured clavicle, fractured right hip, and multiple fractured ribs. These fractures left this particular resident in a non-ambulatory state and therefore resulted in immediate need for skilled sub-acute physical rehabilitation and nursing care at Squirrel Hill Center.
Upon admission the resident was evaluated by the onsite physical rehabilitation team. Personal rehabilitative goals were discussed in depth and the best possible care plan to meet this residents needs was developed by the team. This resident stated that she wanted to work towards a successful discharge to home within a one month period so that she would be able to continue enjoying time with her family and grandchildren.
As the resident had received severe fractures throughout her body a hard shell back brace was applied to alleviate further damage, minimize pain levels, and assist in the overall healing process of the fractured areas. The resident was also provided a wheelchair to assist with ambulation until the rehabilitation process was complete.
Minor exercises were first utilized by therapists with this resident to determine her starting level of mobility and strength.
Therapists worked closely as the resident initially performed lower extremity mat exercises and various occupational strengthening exercises. These physical and occupational exercises were targeted at regaining lost balance, leg strength, and arm strengthening as well.
After it was deemed that the resident could safely and properly perform minor exercises physical and occupational therapy continued on to more intense rehabilitation which included utilization of steps, strengthening machinery, and walking hand-held assist. The resident also worked on and successfully completed safety awareness training with the facilities occupational therapy department to ensure various household tasks could be safely completed such as toileting, cooking, laundering of clothing, and other aspects of personal household maneuvering.
After approximately 22 days of varying levels of physical and occupational therapy this resident was now able to discharge to home. Fractures sustained during her fall had healed immensely and the resident was now able to walk semi-independently to independently.
Not only was this resident able to return home in a stronger and healthier state but after intense dedication she had also been able to meet her personal goal of returning to home to her loved ones within the 1 month period, with 8 days to spare.

*This Resident gave consent for these details of her successful rehabilitation journey to be shared.

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Squirrel Hill Art Show: “The Art Of Food”

Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing hosted a beautiful evening of artwork and community on Thursday, June 4th. “The Art of Food” reception was a hit, and guests enjoyed fantastic food and wine pairings, spectacular art (on exhibit and for purchase), live entertainment and raffle prizes. All proceeds benefitted The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry.

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

Patients Age57
Admission Date: 4/17/15
Admitted From: LifeCare Hospital
Discharge Date: 5/12/15
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 26 days
Reason for Stay: Rehab and Recovery after Cardiac Surgery
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing? Resident heard of Squirrel Hill center for Rehabilitation and Healing through a social worker at LifeCare Hospital

This resident arrived to Squirrel hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on April 17, 2015, after undergoing a mitrovalve replacement cardiac surgery. This resident’s established goal was to continue in the post-surgery recovery process and to be able to safely discharge to home in short period of time, with his body at a stronger point than it had been in the past.
This resident’s rehabilitation journey began just after admittance to the community. Physical and occupational therapists worked on individually tailored exercises which would strengthen the resident’s arms, legs, and which would serve to bring back a wider range of motion and mobility for the resident.
This resident had initially expressed anxiety at the therapy process before him but soon expressed his joy of working with multiple therapists daily to reach his goal.
Among therapists and nursing staff assisting with strengthening and general recovery after the resident’s surgery Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing’s in house dietician also worked closely with the resident to achieve a smaller goal of his targeted at increasing his appetite. The dietician worked closely to make sure the resident received nutritional foods that he was fond of, paying close attention to his individual food preferences. By the time of discharge this resident’s appetite had improved greatly, this smaller goal attained.
On April 27th this resident’s partner was also admitted to Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing. Thanks to social workers of the community the two residents were able to share a room during the remainder of their rehabilitation journeys’ at the Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing.
After additional weeks of intensive rehabilitation and recovery both residents were deemed able to discharge to home together.
Upon his May 12th discharge this resident provided positive feedback on his stay and journey at the community, stating of staff:
• “They always gave me a sense of no false promises. They always give you an honest opinion and they only push you and have you do things you can take. They even worked well with my partner. I think it’s an excellent physical therapy department.”
• “In Physical therapy being able to last through the exercises and being able to go to the next level was a tremendous experience.”
• “The flexibility with the social services in allowing my partner to come here and even going out of their way to set up a room for us to share showed vast caring and thought on their part.”

Upon discharge this resident and his partner rated their overall experience and stay at Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing at a 9 out of possible 10.

*This Resident gave consent for these details of his successful rehabilitation journey to be shared.

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Squirrel Hill Celebrates National Nursing Home Week 2015

The staff, residents, resident families, and business professionals at Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing were immensely thrilled and honored to be given the opportunity to celebrate our 2015 inaugural National Nursing Home Spirit Week. This week provided parties throughout our community the opportunity to celebrate vast accomplishments of our dedicated staff, to honor our residents- those we cherish and serve daily- to thank our vendors who tirelessly continue to provide to our facility, to acknowledge loved ones of our residents, and to share the exciting and continuing improvements within our building to parties throughout the Squirrel Hill and surrounding Pittsburgh communities.

Click below for a snapshot of National Nursing Home Week 2015 throughout our CareRite Network. ReNEWal Happens Here!

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

Patients Age: 57
Admission Date: 12/16/14
Admitted From: UPMC Mercy Hospital
Discharge Date: 05/01/15
Discharged To: home
Length of Stay: 137 days
Reason for Stay: Intensive rehabilitation suffering a massive stroke
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing? Resident heard of Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing through the referral of social worker Loretta Barker at UPMC Mercy Hospital.

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Pasta Buffet

Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing hosted a delicious all you can eat pasta buffet in our 8th floor grand dining hall on April 29th. Both residents and staff alike were invited to partake in delicious Red, Alfredo, or Shrimp Sauce over top their choice of fettuccine or traditional spaghetti noodles. Home cooked Breadsticks and salad were also served. For dessert, tantalizing ice cream cake with a caramel and chocolate drizzle was served to those in attendance. A grand time was had by all.

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Red Carpet Reunion Event was a Huge Success!

Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing hosted their first Annual “Red Carpet Reunion” in honor of patients who have completed short term rehabilitation within the past year on Friday, May 1st.

Twenty-five previous rehabilitation ‘graduates’ and their families were invited to return to the eight story community for a Hollywood themed evening, complete with a grand red carpet as they entered the event. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments were served. It was a beautiful evening and enjoyed by all who attended.

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

Admission Date: 1/23/14
Admitted From: St. Margaret’s Hospital
Discharge Date: 03/25/15
Discharged To: home
Length of Stay: 63 days
Reason for Stay: rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing? Resident heard of Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing through the referral of social worker Paige Coven at St. Margaret’s Hospital.

Resident arrived at Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing in late January of 2015.
This resident’s primary modality needs were to receive physical and occupational rehabilitation after experiencing four severe breaks in one of her feet due to a fall.
These breaks required fusing by doctors at the above noted hospital, resulting in this resident being placed in a non-weight bearing state and a development of need for skilled care and therapy for further healing to continue.
Shortly after this resident’s admission the team of multiple rehabilitation experts at Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing developed a specialized series of exercises utilizing a variety of rehabilitative equipment, all targeted at conjointly maintaining and developing the resident’s body strength and stabilization, while also aiming to maximize this residents healing process.
Physical therapists began by utilizing strengthening weights and machinery targeted at increasing this particular resident’s muscle tone and with purpose of promoting a weight bearing status. High grade in house equipment incorporated for these therapies is also utilized by many major professional sports teams such as the New York Giants and others.
Occupational therapists at Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing also worked with this resident during her stay, providing programming to ensure many vital day to day tasks (including cooking, bathing, toileting, laundering of clothing, and more) could be completed with ease upon a successful discharge to home.
While providing a hospitable, top notch rehabilitative environment Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation & Healing also provided various recreational programs and services to this resident during her stay to ensure the most optimal rejuvenating experience and environment possible. Programs and amenities provided included weekly bingo events, an in house beauty salon, support services, free wireless internet, sports parties, concierge services, buffet style breakfasts, and more.
After just over two months of intense rehabilitative programming, clearance by the therapy department, and much dedication this resident was declared by a team of by doctors to once more have the ability to manage weight and to discharge successfully to home.
With assistance from the therapists and staff at Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation &Healing as well as her own determination this resident’s rehabilitative goals had been reached; her journey of healing was now complete.

*Resident gave consent for these details of her successful rehabilitation journey to be shared.

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Squirrel Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing: Super Bingo!

Squirrel Hill held its 1st Annual Super Bingo!

Nearly eighty seniors in the area were in attendance for a delicious luncheon and an afternoon of fun complete with cash prizes. Attendees had a wonderful time and got to take home a custom Bingo dauber that they are eager to use for the next event. Bingo!

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