Kurt Hoffman was weakened from a bout with pneumonia when he arrived at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, on July 21, 2016.
Hoffman needed moderate assistance with bathing and some assistance with walking, transferring from one surface to another, standing, sitting and getting dressed. He had some trouble communicating and swallowing as well.
The nursing and therapy teams began working with Hoffman to not only recover strength and mobility but also to heal two stage 2 wounds, one on his heel and one on his little toe.
Physical, occupational and speech therapists met Hoffman five days a week and helped him exercise his upper and lower body, work on his fine motor skills and increase his balance. Massage, manual therapy and scapulothoracic mobilization assisted with his progress as well.
“Kurt was very motivated during every treatment, which allowed him to achieve his goals,” said Kayla Murdock, occupational therapist assistant.
On Sept. 30, Hoffman returned home, independent in all his mobility and most of his self-care skills. His wounds on his foot were healed, and he was swallowing proficiently and communicating better.
“My stay at Garden Terrace at Overland Park has been an experience of great fortitude and enjoyment,” said Hoffman. “Overall, my experience has been one of much pleasure and learning. I would recommend this institution, staff and activities to anyone.”