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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…)