MURRAY, Ky. (10/8/13) – Velda Linn was raised to be a very independent woman. The oldest daughter of eight children, she spent many hours working on the family farm helping to cook and keep the house in order. Over the years, she worked in several factories, and even had the opportunity to work on the B29 bomber during WWII at Hudson Motor. She spent 15 years working in the food service department at Murray-Calloway County Hospital (MCCH) before retiring. At the age of 87, Linn continued to be independent, whether it involved mowing her own yard or driving to store to get what she needed.
So when Marilyn York, Linn’s daughter, called to check in with her mother on the morning of April 30, she immediately noticed that something just wasn’t right.
“Mother’s speech was slurred, so I went by to check on her and could tell she had the signs of what appeared to be a stroke,” York said.
She took her mother to the doctor, where she was quickly admitted to MCCH.
Linn later stated she remembered being by herself and not fully understanding what had happened, but did experience some pain and a drawing sensation in her face.
After spending six days in PCU, it was confirmed that Linn had experienced a stroke and would start on the road to recovery of speech, occupational and physical therapy. Following her stay in PCU, she was admitted into the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit where she spent 21 additional days with intense therapy 3 hours a day.
In Acute Rehab, she was able to gain strength in her legs and improvement in her speech. However, her ultimate goal to return home by herself was still out of reach. After more hard work, her therapists determined that she was safe to return home with assistance, and with the continuation of therapy through Home Care.
Once she returned home, MCCH’s Home Care continued Linn’s nursing and therapy plan for two additional months. Even when she arrived home she was still weak but grew stronger through the services provided by Home Care. Being in her home environment allowed her to improve her cognitive and physical strength, while functioning in her own setting.
“I saw her make progress every week, which was very encouraging, and when she was able to return home with Home Care, her progress continued,” York said.
Linn describes her therapy: “They made me work hard, I had to raise my legs, sit up and sit down, I was very weak but they helped me get stronger. Everyone was so good to me and encouraged me to do things on my own.”
York said she appreciated that Home Care was so good about coordinating visits and would always call before they came. They worked with her schedule so she could help care for mother when therapists or nurses weren’t there.
“Around her third week of Home Care, we saw a tremendous amount of progress – we still provided some assistance with bathing, but she was soon able to sponge bath and use a shower bench all on her own,” said Kim Grogan, Occupational Therapist.
After a combined three months of hospital stays and therapy programs, Linn’s daughter said she was very pleased with the services her mother received to get her back home and independent so she could be happy to do the things she enjoyed doing.
In recognition of MCCH Home Care, Linn and daughter, York, presented a plaque to the staff for the exceptional care that was provided.
Information provided by Melony Bray
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