Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (November 2017)

Patients Age: 79
Admission Date: 11/17/17
Admitted From: Maimonides Medical Center
Discharge Date: 11/29/2017
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 2 Weeks
Reason for Stay: Post-Fall
How did this patient hear about The Chateau? The patient’s wife was a previous patient at the community

Details of Experience:

Mr. Herbert “Herbie” L. was admitted to The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on November 17th from Maimonides Medical Center. Herbie admitted to the hospital after experiencing a fall at home and subsequently breaking his wrist. Prior to going to the hospital, he was living at home with his wife and taking care of his activities of daily living without any assistance. In addition to the broken wrist, Herbie was also experiencing difficulty walking. Going home from the hospital with a cast would have been very hard for Herbie, so he decided to first visit a rehab center where he would be able to learn how to take care of himself and strengthen his legs a little along the way.

Since his wife had previously been an overly satisfied patient of The Chateau, and that he lives locally, the decision was made for him to come to The Chateau as well. When he arrived at The Chateau he was warmly welcomed by all the disciplines, who each explained their roles, and how they would be helping him in his healing process. At first he was unable to walk without assistance and needed help getting out of his chair. He was also incapable of using his hand properly, which made him feel a little down. Spending time up in the gym helped Herbie both physically and mentally. His therapist, Brandon, showed him the proper technique to stand up out of his chair, and gave him the power to believe in himself, by seeing that if he focused on it he has the power to succeed. After spending a couple of weeks in therapy, he is now able to return home with the ability to walk with a cane and can perform his activities of daily living with minimum assistance.

On Wednesday, November 29th, Herbert was happy to return home to his family in time for the upcoming holiday season. He was thrilled to share with all the staff how much gratitude he had to them, and the help he received while rehabilitating at The Chateau. The staff all wished him well and a happy holiday season, and hopes that he continues to enjoy the time he spends with his friends and family.

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (October 2017)

Patients Age: 70
Admission Date: 9/28/2017
Admitted From: Coney Island Hospital
Discharge Date: 11/2/2017
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 35 Months
Reason for Stay: Urinary Tract Infection
How did this patient hear about The Chateau? Lives Locally

Details of Experience:

Mr. Ron G. was admitted to The Chateau at Brooklyn on September 28th 2017 after an inpatient stay at Coney Island Hospital. Prior to being admitted to the hospital, Ron’s wife noticed that he was not acting himself, which made her nervous and she decided to bring him to the emergency room. What they found there was that Ron had contracted a UTI, which can cause a person to become confused and disoriented. After being admitted to the hospital, Ron was started on a regimen of medication to treat the infection. Ron thankfully began to heal; however, after spending so much time in bed without movement, his legs weakened and thus he was unable to walk on his own or complete his activities of daily living. After much discussion with his wife, they had made the decision to seek rehabilitation. Living quite closely to The Chateau and the community’s outstanding reviews, they decided to admit to the center.

Upon arriving to The Chateau, Ron was excited to see the beautiful semi private suite that he was in. He was however concerned being that his primary language was Russian how he would communicate with the nurses and other staff members at The Chateau. Ron was told not to worry as we have plenty of Russian speaking staff, within a few minutes it was arranged to provide Ron with a Russian speaking nurse, who completed the initial evaluation without any obstacles or confusion. Ron explained to the nurse how prior to his hospitalization, he was living a totally independent life along with his wife at home; he was hoping to return to that state before returning home. Ms. Almaz, his nurse, explained the procedure to him of how the process was going to work at The Chateau, and it was arranged that the following morning a Russian speaking therapist would meet Ron to help him with his therapy.

The therapists who with Ron the following morning explained to him that with a good amount of participation and a little patience, they would have him up walking and even climbing steps so that he would be able to spend time at the adult day center where all of his friends spend a great deal of time. Along the journey Ron was very happy with the progress in therapy and he was especially happy with how well the nurses and all other staff members were treating him. He was quoted saying “All of the staff have been exceptionally nice in the way they have treated me, I know that it can sometimes be challenging to deal with, a resident who has a bit of a language barrier. But any time I would have an issue they would always manage to somehow or another solve it in a timely manner. The therapists here do a great job motivating the residents to get out of bed and to the gym to give them the therapy they need, even though some days it was a bigger challenge than others I never once regretted the sessions at the gym and am happy to be going home in the state that I am in now.”

On November 2nd, Ron was very excited to be going home. His friends from the senior center arrived to visit and greet him, and were very excited to see how much he had progressed in just a few, short weeks at The Chateau. They were all thankful to get their friend back as he was also happy to be able to rejoin them at the center. We at The Chateau wish Ron continued success in his future and hope he and his wife have only good times to share in their future.

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (September 2017)

Patients Age: 82
Admission Date: 7/6/2017
Admitted From: Mt. Sinai Kings Highway
Discharge Date: 9/28/2017
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 2 ½ Months
Reason for Stay: Sepsis
How did this patient hear about The Chateau? Friends are current patients.

Details of Experience:

Mrs. Marjorie Feldheim was admitted to The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on July 7th, 2017, subsequent to an inpatient stay at Mt. Sinai Hospital Kings Highway Division. Prior to admitting to the hospital, Marjorie was independent and living on her own, but after developing sepsis and spending a great deal of time in the hospital, she lost her ability to independently ambulate. She was uncertain of her potential of returning home due to her current state-of-health. Marjorie agreed with her son and clinical team that it would be in her best interest to seek out therapy at a neighboring rehabilitation center. Marjorie selected The Chateau as close friends of hers were present at the center as short term rehabilitation patients.

Upon arrival, she was greeted by the amazing team of professionals at The Chateau, who introduced and shared their department and how they would each support her recovery journey. Marjorie shared that she was excited to hear about the wide-range of therapeutic activities offered by the recreation department, as well as an eagerness to look forward to each meal. Marjories’ main goal and primary focus for being a patient at The Chateau was the therapy and healing.

Marjorie met Melvin, her physical therapist, and Janice, her occupational therapist, who explained different techniques they would introduce to assist her in meeting her goals. Melvin and Janice asked Marjorie what her personal goals were since discovering she lived alone prior to her hospitalization. With an inspirational outlook, Marjorie shared that she would return to her health and in due time would be able to to do all the things she loved prior to falling ill. Although it seemed difficult to imagine such strides during this time, the team at The Chateau were overly impressed with Marjorie’s positive outlook on healing and were equally motivated to support her in her journey.

In just a few short days, Marjorie began to notice small improvements in her ability to complete tasks on her own. She began to feel stronger and more confident to take another step forward and push herself a little harder in order to get back to being independent. When asked about her experience with working with the therapy team, Marjorie shared “I am so happy with the environment in the gym; all of the staff are superb. The therapists constantly kept my goals in front of me and always pushed me to do better than I did the day before. They are also very kind, even when I couldn’t walk, they never made me feel incompetent, they just motivated me until I reached my goals.” After only a short time with being on an intense rehabilitation program, Marjorie was able to transfer out of bed by herself and walk up to 100 feet with the assistance of only a walker! She was incredible pleased with herself, giving her the confidence to begin planning her discharge back home.

On September 29th, Mrs. Feldheim discharged from The Chateau back to her home. She was excited to be able to spend the Jewish Holidays at home with her family. The Chateau team wished her nothing but the best and are honored for the opportunity to have assisted an incredible woman achieve her goals.

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (August 2017)

Patients Age: 76
Admission Date: 5/17/2017
Admitted From: Maimonides Medical Center
Discharge Date: 8/24/2017
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 3 ½ Months
Reason for Stay: Fall at Home
How did this patient hear about The Chateau? Lives Locally

Details of Experience:

Ms. Maxine Rosenberg was admitted to The Chateau at Brooklyn on May 17, 2017 from Maimonides Medical Center. She was admitted to the hospital after experiencing a fall at home, and was notified that she had fractured her hip and wrist. Prior to her fall, Maxine was a very active and independent woman. She was very upset that she wouldn’t be able to return home and continue life the way she was used to living it. When voicing her concerns to the social worker at the hospital, they suggested that she admit to a rehabilitation facility where she would be able to obtain the assistance she needed to begin walking and utilizing her hand once again. After researching multiple facilities, she selected The Chateau at Brooklyn after receiving strong positive reviews and the proximity to her home.

Upon arriving to The Chateau, Maxine was greeted warmly by all disciplines. Each manager shared with her each of their unique roles to support her road to recovery. During this time, Maxine explained to the team how she was formerly capable to complete all Activities of Daily Living independently, and that she was worried that by being in a wheelchair and having her hand in a cast, she wouldn’t be able to maneuver at all and succeed in therapy.

The team assured her that even though at first it might be a little tough, once she begins the rehabilitation program, she would notice great progress. The therapy team showed her how to adapt to her injuries as her fractures continued to heal, while also providing therapeutic exercises to stimulate movement and range of motion.

At first, when she began in the rehabilitation gymnasium, she was noted as totally dependent and required assistance for all activities. After an intense rehabilitation journey, which included Maxine to participate in therapy six days per week and two hours per day (physical and occupational therapy), Maxine was finally able to return home completely independent and with the ability to perform Activities of Daily Living with total independence!

Prior to return home, Ms. Rosenberg shared her utmost gratitude to The Chateau for all that they have done for her in her time of need. “All of the staff at The Chateau have been really wonderful and helpful. Tracey, my PT, was excellent; she was there for me every step of the way, ensuring I was up on my feet and walking, all while motivating me and giving me the confidence that I needed to get to walk again. Erika, my OT, was also great! She helped me relearn the skills that I needed to use my hand again after it was casted for so long. All the nurses on the unit have been great, including Ms. Young and Ms. Tadros; they are very professional, warm and really caring. The nurses care about how their patients are feeling. The aids that have helped me have all been so gentle and soft while taking care of me. I loved sitting in the lobby at night and chatting with Denise, the Receptionist; she has a great listening ear. Marsha, your Medicaid Coordinator, was very helpful and held my hand throughout the very complicated process of getting all of the nooks and crannies of my insurances worked out. I will be forever grateful for what everyone here has done for me in my time of need”.

On Friday, August 25th Maxine returned to her home accompanied by her lovely friends who assisted her in settling back into her apartment comfortably. She was excited to be going home and to see her birds again, but promised everybody at The Chateau at Brooklyn that she would come back to visit us and say hello every now and again. We at The Chateau wish her nothing but good health and happiness!

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (July 2017)

Patients Age: 67
Admission Date: 6/20/2017
Admitted From: Mt. Sinai Hospital Brooklyn
Discharge Date: TBD
Discharged To: TBD
Length of Stay: TBD
Reason for Stay: Stroke and Respiratory failure
How did this patient hear about The Chateau? Social Worker at Hospital.

Details of Experience:

Mr. Serge Magnan was admitted to The Chateau at Brooklyn from Mt. Sinai Hospital Brooklyn Division on June 20th. Serge was rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke and falling into respiratory failure. In order to stabilize him at that time, the physicians at the hospital performed a tracheostomy and administered a feeding tube to assist him in receiving the nutrients he needed. After a stay in the hospital, Serge’s doctors were hopeful that with some time and rehabilitation he would be able to return back to the state that he was in prior to suffering his stroke. During that period, his family was doing research as to which facility they would send their father to, and decided to come to The Chateau at Brooklyn, which is known for its revered Respiratory Therapy program.

Upon admission to The Chateau, Serge was supported by a trach and feeding tube. When greeted by the wonderful therapists at The Chateau, each one assured Serge that with work and time they were hopeful that he would be able to make a full recovery. After a few weeks of working hard with the team, we are happy to observe how well he is improving. Arietta, our Respiratory Therapist, along with our Pulmonologist were able to safely remove Serge’s trach, so that he can breathe on his own again without the assistance of machines. Bianca, the speech therapist, was able to reintroduce foods to Serge so that he would be able to eat on his own, beginning with a puree diet, which is easier to swallow and working his way up to eating soft foods such as sandwiches. The physical and occupational therapists are working alongside him everyday to return him back to being the independent man that he was before suffering the stroke, and currently he is walking on his own with the assistance of a walker and able to take care of his activities of daily living with minimal supervision. In the coming weeks with continued rigorous and extensive therapy, we hope that Serge will continue to make significant progress and return home fully independent.

When speaking to Serge throughout his stay the common theme was always how amazed he was by his physical progress, how far he come along with therapy, but in addition to that he was constantly grateful for how above and beyond all the staff went to make sure he was comfortable and receiving everything he needed. “Whenever I rang the bell, it was almost instantly that a nurse or aide would respond and see what I needed. Kelly, the CNA in the mornings, treats me like a father, always so soft and never impatient, she puts a smile on my face every morning and I can’t thank her enough for that. Suzanne and Stephanie, my two nurses, even though they are probably so busy with other residents, they always come in specially to make sure that I am good. When my son came in to visit me from Florida I was worried how was he going to get back and forth from where he was staying to come visit me, when I found out about the chauffeur service that The Chateau offers I was blown away to see how far they go to make sure everyone is happy.”

We at The Chateau are happy to have helped Mr. Magnan return to his prior state of health!

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Let’s Do Some Baking!

The Chateau was excited to host a Challah baking program for residents and staff to join together for a fun day of homemade baking! The talented therapeutic recreation team at The Chateau lead an educational course on preparing and braiding the dough, followed by the best part – enjoying the delicious treat at the end!

The residents and staff had an incredible time during this program!

BBQ Wednesdays at The Chateau

The Chateau at Brooklyn community is excited to continue celebrating Summer 2017!

Throughout Summer we will be hosting “BBQ Wednesdays” for our residents and team members. Be sure to stop by and check us out at 12:30 on Wednesdays for all the fun!

#SummersAtChateau2017

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (June 2017)

Patients Age: 74
Admission Date: 4/20/2017
Admitted From: Maimonides Medical Center
Discharge Date: 6/27/2017
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 9 weeks
Reason for Stay: Spinal Osteomyelitis caused fall at home
How did this patient hear about The Chateau? Social Worker at Hospital.

Details of Experience:

Mr. Louis Lavalley, was admitted at The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after a hospitalization at Maimonides Medical Center in April of 2017. Before Mr. Lavalley was admitted to the hospital he contracted an infection in his back and experienced a fall at home. After spending multiple days in the hospital attempting to stabilize, he was encouraged to seek a rehabilitation center to assist him in furthering his recovery. Louis decided to transfer to The Chateau at Brooklyn based on its close proximity to his home; however, upon discharge he was happy that he made that decision for many more reasons than that!

When Louis arrived at The Chateau he was in a lot of pain and was unable to walk or move at all. Any attempt that Louis would make to reposition himself would cause him so much pain, causing him to doubt whether he would ever be able to walk on his own again. The nurses all greeted him warmly and assured him that with some time and patience, the therapists would assist him in getting him back to the state he was in prior to his fall, which gave him great hope. When the therapists arrived to evaluate him, Louis was unable to get out of bed, they decided to begin with bedside therapy and told him that as soon as he was prepared, they would upgrade him to exercises in our rehab gym.

Throughout his stay Louis was very pleased with the staff and the way they took care of him. Prior to his discharge, he sat down with some of the staff to let them know how grateful he was for everything that they did. To quote him, “All of the staff here has been very friendly, anything that I needed or would ask of them, they would deliver. Ms. Agnes, the CNA, has been exceptional; she always had a smile on her face, which would brighten up my day. Tracy, my physical therapist, and Jeanne my occupational therapist, would constantly put me at ease and did everything very patiently. They would never pressure me to do something that I wasn’t comfortable with; however, they would always be there to motivate me. Without them I don’t know where I would be in my recovery process. Stephanie, my nurse, was always anticipating what my needs would be, and answered any questions that might have arisen with my health while I was here. In general, all of your staff seem to work very in sync and it’s amazing to see so many people working together as a team and you guys have exceeded all of my expectations of a rehab facility!!”

After a few weeks of participating in rigorous rehabilitation therapy, Louis was able to independently transfer out of bed as well as noticeable improvement with his activities of daily living. After graduating from his wheelchair and onto his rolling walker, he was very excited to be able to walk on his own. He did share that he was still concerned that he would not be able to walk up all the steps that he would need to climb to get into his second floor walk-up apartment. When he voiced these concerns with our team, they sprung into action and told him that they would focus more on steps for the rest of his stay to ensure that he had the confidence that he needed to go home completely at ease.

On June 27th , Mr. Lavalley was discharged back to the community just in time to be home and celebrate the July 4th weekend with his family. Upon discharge, he was happy to able to walk on his with a rolling walker and comfortably climb steps, he was also able to do all of his activities of daily living independently. The Social Work Department arranged for Lou to have further assistance with Northwell Home Care Agency to assist him with his care that he would need to have set up in his home. We at The Chateau are all happy to have had the privilege to be a part of Lou’s healing journey, and we wish him nothing but the best at home along with his family.

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Community “Art For Life” Class

The Chateau was pleased to host their first annual community “Art For Life” class!

An amazing event that featured light refreshments, members of the community were encouraged to join The Chateau in sharing their creative talents. The team was also excited to feature Richard, art therapist, in sharing the importance of art within the Brooklyn community. Thank you to all who attended, it was a beautiful and special event!

 

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Celebrating “Art For Life!”

Throughout the month of July, The Chateau at Brooklyn will celebrate “Art For Life”, a campaign designed to support the artistic and creative talents of our residents, staff, families and members of the community.

Please stop in to see our festive lobby, which has been transformed into a spectacular art gallery! All pieces featured in the display have been created by our very talented residents here at The Chateau. Be sure to come by and check them out until July 27th and vote for your favorite as the winner will be selected to represent our community in the national CareRite Centers “Art For Life” Calendar in 2018! 

 

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