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Resident Spotlight: Susan McDaniel

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by CORE Health Care Admin 1 Comment

Susan McDaniel, like many of us, was living a full and busy life, taking care of her children  and providing a great life for them. Last November, Susan’s life took a drastic turn.

Susan McDanielOne morning, she was found unresponsive and was taken to the hospital where she was treated for cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, hypoxic encephalopathy, aspiration pneumonia, seizures and dysphagia. Understandably, Susan’s family wasn’t prepared for any of this or the long recovery journey Susan faced.

When she arrived at CORE Health Care this March, Susan was using a wheelchair and could only tolerate it for three to four hours a day. She was at risk of falling and needed assistance with dressing and showering. She also had poor fine motor skills and poor hand-eye coordination. Susan had very little memory and needed helped in just about every area of her life, both cognitively and physically. Following a schedule was very difficult for Susan and she wasn’t aware of her deficits and why she was having such a hard time functioning.

With the help of a great family support system and the incredible team at CORE, Susan has been able to accomplish great things in our rehab program. During her time at CORE, Susan has worked with the teams in physical, occupational, speech and cognitive therapy. Most recently, Susan has been working on visual reasoning, sequencing, visual perceptual skills, upper-extremity coordination and cooking in occupational therapy. While she still needs a little help with cooking, Susan now needs only moderate cues for visual perceptual puzzles and functional tasks. (more…)

Jeromy’s Story

Posted on: March 8th, 2013 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

As a young man, Jeromy loved tinkering with cars and spending time with his friends and children.

But the life Jeromy was leading took an almost fatal turn after a car accident in his home town of Texarkana left him with a decompressed skull fracture.

Jeromy spent almost two years mostly immobile. Then his mom heard about CORE Health Care and received state funding.

Jeromy’s care at CORE included simultaneous speech pathology, cognitive therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy, individually and in groups.

Jeromy has gone from being bed ridden to being able to sit up on his own; from being tube fed to eating by himself. Despite a blind right eye, he’s learned to navigate on a scooter. While his brain was severely injured, he is able to build a relationship with his daughter and is slowly gaining independence.

Jeromy, we’re so proud of you and wish you much success as you continue to recover!

Celebrating Shawn’s success

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin 2 Comments

All of us at CORE Health Care feel privileged to work with our traumatic brain injury clients. The courage and strength they show while working on rehabilitating their skills and reaching their goals is an inspiration to everyone here.

Today, we invite all of you join us in celebrating the achievements of Shawn Goff, who is learning to speak again 11 months after a car accident left him with a traumatic brain injury. His wife, Jenny, says, “Shawn is doing really well in certain areas. He seems to be so much happier. He is starting to verbalize and two days after he got there [at CORE Health Care], he was making sounds and just in the weeks he has been there, something amazing has happened.”

Congratulations Shawn and Jenny! We’re so proud of you!

WalkAide improves mobility

Posted on: August 5th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

At CORE our physical therapists use the latest technologies to help residents regain mobility and increase their independence. One extremely useful device is the WalkAide.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the WalkAide is a non-invasive way to help people with foot drop walk better. Foot drop is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the front part of the foot so the person has to either drag the foot and toes or use a high-stepping gait. Many people who have suffered a brain injury, stroke, spinal cord trauma or other nervous system disorder have this frustrating condition.

WalkAide uses functional electrical stimulation (FES), which means electrical currents activate the paralyzed nerves. The device itself is small and easy to use. Two electrodes are attached to the skin on the leg – not implanted under the skin – so no surgery is involved. A cuff holds the system comfortably in place and it can be worn discreetly under most clothing.

CORE resident Ben Karlin has benefited from this new technology. Ben, a motorcycle mechanic and single father with a 3-year-old son, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2008 motorcycle accident. The injury caused foot drop and decreased mobility, difficulty using his left arm, vision problems, and memory and attention disorders. After the accident, Ben couldn’t go back to work or live independently.

For the past 18 months Ben has received both in-patient and out-patient therapy at CORE and has been using WalkAide for more than a year. The device has dramatically improved his mobility. (more…)