Success Stories

Joan: Strength, Determination and Quality Care = Results

Joan lived an active life, participating in Silver Sneakers and in multiple knitting groups around town. She cooked and cleaned for herself and her family. One day she took a horrible fall down eight cement steps. After two helicopter rides to different hospitals, and a month-long stay at a hospital in Milwaukee, Joan and her family were told that she wouldn’t walk again after her doctor gave her only a 10% chance. To help recover and regain as much range of motion as possible, she went to East Troy Manor for inpatient physical therapy.

When Joan arrived at East Troy Manor, she couldn’t mover her right arm and she was in a lot of pain. She couldn’t walk, and sitting on the edge of the bed was nearly impossible. Within a week she was standing, and within two to three weeks, she began walking again. During her time at East Troy Manor, she regained core strength, was able to sit, and could transfer with the help of two aides. Read more...

“East Troy Manor is where I met Sara (OT & Therapy Director) and Susan (PT), a tag team. They were awesome,” said Joan. “They did all they could to make it better for me, to get things going. If I needed anything, whether therapy or not, they would take care of it. They’ve got some really nice people there, and the food was pretty good. You had a choice, and it wasn’t take it or leave it,” she joked. 

“Sherry called the hospital and worked closely with my case manager to understand “cathing” and to make sure the best one for me was used, and that it was being done correctly. Sherry and Sara assured the staff knew how to take care of me, and made sure they did it,” said Joan.

After completing her physical therapy at East Troy Manor, Joan returned home and continued her recovery with in-home therapy provided by Transitions Home Health. She works with many of the same therapists that she came to know at East Troy Manor which makes for a more pleasant experience and ensures her continuity of care and treatment. Today, Joan continues to improve and is in much less pain. She is able to move her arm and walk with minimal assistance. Joan works every day to get stronger with the help of her family and physical therapy to get back to the life she knew before the fall.