Nursing Rehabilitation Center: Returning to Her Favorite Activities

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resident at rehabilitaion centerWhen it comes to staying active, Edith ‘Edy’ Sparks may have written the book. In fact, it is hard to find something that does not spark her interest.

“I love to dance, I love the ocean and any water sports,” she said, “And I can definitely party.”

Widowed with no children, she has worked in the hospital for 37 years in the critical care field. Primarily dealing with cardiac issues, she has recently moved onto a different area, progressive rehab.

But there was a period in Edy’s life when she could not do all the things she was so passionate about. She needed knee replacements, and with the help of the social worker handling her case she found exactly what she wanted at Brightwood Center. The Progression Unit at Brightwood is just one among the many Genesis HealthCare specialty units in the Baltimore area. Other Genesis centers have specialty units that offer Dialysis, Alzheimer’s care, or Ventilator care, in addition to short-term rehabilitation.

“I chose this center because it has seven day a week physical therapy,” said Edy.

After her bilateral knee replacements in early August, she came to Brightwood Center in Lutherville. The staff, and Edy, knew her biggest challenge would be pain management, as she was experiencing severe and debilitating pain when she was admitted. It took a great deal of open communication with the nurses to control the pain appropriately.

As her physical therapy began, the pain diminished and Edy was able to make rapid progress. She spent about three to four days at the facility after both of her surgeries.

Edy was extremely impressed with the individualized care and attention she received from the staff as a whole.

“It was my ‘home away from home,'” she said, “Brightwood is wonderful and I can’t say enough about them.”

Now, Edy has vowed to be the center’s ‘ambassador’ and plans to return for its future functions.

“I’m a new person,” she said, “I can do the things I haven’t been able to do for years.”

Perhaps the toughest part for Edy recently was deciding what activity to start with first: a party or a day at the beach?

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