Life Care Centers of America
By Kim Jordan, director of rehab services

Marie Dobrosielski came to Life Care Center of Melbourne, Florida, for rehab following a prolonged hospitalization for acute renal failure.

While being treated in the hospital, Marie developed multiple medical complications that threatened her recovery.  Among these was a sacral wound that required surgery and placement of a wound VAC. She also suffered from severe malnutrition that necessitated a stomach tube to ensure adequate nutritional support for healing. Despite these challenges, she was committed to her therapy program to regain her strength and mobility.

Through intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy intervention, Marie improved in all aspects of her mobility. She is able to walk distances in her room with a walker and has become more independent in all aspects of her self-care. Her appetite has increased significantly, and she is now eating three full meals a day and greatly enjoying afternoon ice cream treats. Her weight has improved from 113 pounds upon admission to 122 pounds.

Through the use of diathermy, a physical therapy heating modality, as an adjunct to nursing wound healing measures, Marie’s wound has decreased more than 75% of its original size.

Marie continues to make exceptional progress, most importantly regaining pain-free mobility and a level of independence that she never thought she would achieve after such a difficult hospitalization. Marie has always enjoyed time at the beach and sewing and looks forward to once again partaking in these simple pleasures.

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