How Right at Home Used "Change In Condition" to Improve a Client's Health
A Right at Home client who started new care with us had a noticeable bed sore on her heel. Per the client’s family, the bed sore was a result of her stay in rehab after a fall a few months prior. The client suffers from Parkinson’s and cannot stand on her own. When we began care, the wound was healing and our caregivers would aid the family/nurses with changing out the bandages a few times per week. After a month or so, it appeared the wound had mostly healed and dressings on the wound were no longer necessary.
About 4 months into Right at Home caring for her, one of our caregivers noticed some behavioral changes in the client including confusion, fatigue and pain that she never complained of before. With that, the caregiver examined the client further and discovered that the old wound appeared to be somewhat aggravated and the complaints about pain seemed to stem from that area. The caregiver wasted no time and called the client’s daughter to let her know a doctor's examination was needed as soon as possible. The daughter came to the house and after seeing everything the caregiver described in terms of symptoms, they called an ambulance. Upon examination by the ER doctors, it was determined the wound had re-aggravated somehow and a deep bone infection had set in, which explained all of the symptoms observed by our caregiver. The client was quickly admitted to the hospital and was put into short-term rehab at a local Skilled Nursing facility so her infection could be monitored.
Witnessing the Right at Home Mission
After three weeks in the rehab facility the client was infection-free and able to go home again. Right at Home's owner Geoff Myers accompanied the client as she was discharged to help get her in the car and back home safely. "The transformation was amazing to say the least! She absolutely looked like a different person and just seemed so much happier altogether. If not for the quick actions and astute observations of our caregiver, this story could have had a much different and much sadder ending. It’s a pretty great feeling to witness the mission of Right at Home in action of Improving the Quality of Life for those we Serve!", Geoff Myers.