Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (October 2018)

Patients Age: 93-years-old
Admission Date: 9/29/18
Admitted From: NY Community Hospital
Discharge Date: 10/24/18
Discharge To: Home
Length of Stay: 4 Weeks
Reason for Stay: Rehabilitation
How did this patient hear about The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation & Nursing Center? Resident volunteered here previously.

Ms. Elaine T. was a patient at The Chateau after a short stay in the hospital due to pneumonia. Prior to beginning her journey at The Chateau, Elaine was a very energetic and independent person. However, after contracting pneumonia, she was very weak and was worried that she would not be safe at home. While at the hospital, she sat with the social workers who recommended that should gain more strength before returning home. Since she was a volunteer at The Chateau a few years prior and knew the wonderful outcomes of the patients here, she decided she would come here for rehabilitation!

When Elaine arrived at The Chateau, she was warmly greeted by all the staff. The staff who recognized her were so happy to see her! Everyone assured Elaine that she would receive all the care she would need to be able to return home!

As the days went by, she began seeing improvement and was ecstatic with the progress she was making. Although some days were harder than others, she always made time for her therapists to ensure that she would go home as soon as she was ready and able.

After a few weeks of rehabilitation, the staff felt comfortable sending her home for a home site visit. Her therapy team was overjoyed to witness the significant improvement she had made in such a short span of time. At the time of discharge, she was fully independent with a rolling walker and was already looking forward to coming back to The Chateau for visits and volunteer work.

Prior to her discharge home, Elaine sat with the staff to express her gratitude, stating, “when I used to come and volunteer I only witnessed the great work the staff was doing as an outsider. However, after being a patient, I was able to experience firsthand how amazing the staff truly is and how they turned my life back on track so that I continue doing what I love. I will be forever grateful for their work and can’t wait to come back again to spend time with this wonderful group.”

The staff were all so happy for her and we cannot wait to see her again very soon as a visitor!

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (September 2018)

Patients Age: 76-years-old
Admission Date: 8/15/18
Admitted From: Mt. Sinai Brooklyn
Discharge Date: 9/22/18
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 5 Weeks
Reason for Stay: Rehabilitation Post Knee Replacement
How did this patient hear about The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation & Nursing Center? Lives Locally

Mr. Artie Frank was a resident at The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for a few weeks. He was welcomed into The Chateau after having a total knee replacement and being informed by his doctor that the best thing for his recovery would be to acquire therapy services before going back home again. Since he lived close to The Chateau and had heard great things from his friends about us, he decided to try out The Chateau and was happy to have made that decision.

When Artie was admitted to The Chateau, he was in much pain, but was motivated to get back to his normal independent life. Prior to the surgery, Artie was able to walk and get around by himself; however, everything that he did caused him a lot of pain and he was not happy to live that way. After talking to his doctor, they decided replacing his knee would be the best idea and if he participated well in rehab, he would be able to do everything he enjoyed without any pain. The doctor completed the surgery and wanted him to take his time with therapy to regain all the muscle strength he would need to get up and out again.

While staying at The Chateau, Artie was very happy to be receiving his therapy and also had a wonderful time while out of the gym. He made many friends and was always seen on the floors socializing with the other residents. He enjoyed spending time on the outside patio and getting involved with the recreation department’s activities as well. When he was in the gym, he worked diligently with his therapist and was seeing small progress every day. After a few weeks, he was up and walking with a cane and was starting to see that his pain levels were going down and he would be on his way soon.

Prior to his discharge home, Artie sat and spoke to the staff at The Chateau and let them know about how much he enjoyed his stay. He was so thankful for the way the staff took care of him and was ecstatic to be walking again with less pain all while on his way to complete independence. The team was happy for him and wanted him to know that if he ever needed anything, he is always welcomed to come back and talk to the staff. We wish Artie only the best and hope that he keeps his positive energy going!

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (August 2018)

Patients Age: 88
Admission Date: 4/27/2018
Admitted From: Coney Island Hospital
Discharge Date: 8/22/18
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 4 months
Reason for Stay: Car Accident
How did this patient hear about The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation & Nursing Center? Lives Locally

Ms. Anita Trachtman, a wonderful woman, who lives in Brooklyn is a very active woman that loved her independence and taking care of all her needs even at her age. Unfortunately, while driving home from shopping one evening, she was involved in a terrible car accident and that changed everything very quickly. While she was happy to have survived the accident and still be alive, she was in a great deal of pain and was in the need of a rehabilitation center to get her back to her original status. While at the hospital, she spoke to the social workers and told them that she wanted to go to The Chateau. They told her she would do very well there.

When she was discharged from the hospital and arrived at The Chateau, it was apparent that she needed the proper rehabilitation care. Both her legs broken, she had a few broken ribs that were causing her a lot of pain, and she had to wear a neck brace.

She was very uncomfortable and was happy when she was greeted by the concierge who told her that everything would go well for her and guaranteed her that she would be going home happy. Although she was unable to walk, and the doctors didn’t allow her to put any weight on her legs, she started working with the rehabilitation team immediately and was slowly but surely seeing improvement.

At first, she was happy to be able to sit up in bed on her own. She then began keeping score of all her milestones, whether it was being able to transfer to her chair alone, or the day her doctor allowed her to get up out of the chair and try taking a few steps. Each improvement made her so happy and she was so grateful to all the staff for helping her reach each goal.

After a few months of hard work and dedication, the staff started working on discharge plans for Anita. Anita was very happy to be going home and sat down to speak with the staff about her stay.

Anita stated, “my stay at The Chateau has been wonderful, all of the staff took wonderful care of me and made sure my every need was met. When I had some private family issues going on the staff went above and beyond to help me out and ensure that everything was done respectfully and properly. I will be forever grateful for the wonderful care that I got here and will make sure to come back and visit the amazing people here.”

We at The Chateau are so happy to have seen Anita go home walking by herself and being able to take care of everything independently. It was a long and hard journey but to see her at the end of it back to her original self, makes it all worth it. Although adapting back to life at home will be tough at first, the staff let her know she can always reach out for assistance and help with anything that she might need. We are confident that she will do well getting back to the life she lived prior to the accident!

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (July 2018)

Patients Age: 66
Admission Date: 5/22/18
Admitted From: VA Manhattan Hospital
Discharge Date: 7/25/18
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 2 months
Reason for Stay: Stroke
How did this patient hear about The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation & Nursing Center? Online Research

Mr. Jesus R. was admitted to The Chateau at Brooklyn after suffering a stroke at home and losing his ability to care for himself the way he used to. Prior to his stroke, he was fully independent and was able to take care of all his needs without any assistance. However, after suffering the stroke, he lost his ability to walk and the ability to do the things that he was doing prior. Jesus was looking for a residency to and get the necessary rehabilitation to get back to himself.

After looking at a few different communities in the neighborhood, he decided to pick The Chateau due to the amazing reviews that he heard, as well as the great report from a friend that visited the facility while he was in the hospital. Jesus decided to come to The Chateau to get the necessary rehab to get back to himself.

Upon admission to The Chateau, Jesus was in bad shape and was in desperate need of the rehabilitation services offered here. He was unable to walk and needed assistance in taking care of his basic activities of daily living. While he was very motivated to get better, the encouragement that he received from the staff gave him the extra push to hit the floor running, working hard in therapy. When he first began in the gym, every exercise took a lot of time to complete and drained him of his energy.

The staff told him not to get discouraged. They explained that at first everything will seem hard, but once he starts to work every day, he slowly but surely will see the improvements that he is looking for. He agreed to keep pushing. Jesus was a little hesitant after seeing how much effort he was putting into his workouts all while having slow results.

After a few weeks of therapy, his mindset changed as he was seeing the improvements that he was looking for. Jesus began thanking the staff for believing in him. Prior to being discharged, he sat down to speak with the staff to express his gratitude.

“When I came to the chateau I was in a very bad state, I had suffered a stroke and was scared to think that I wouldn’t be able to get back to life as I was used to before the stroke. I loved my independence and was worried that I would never get that back. However, after a few weeks of rehabilitation, my whole outlook changed. The staff all treated me so well and made sure that my every need was met. When I told the therapists what my expectations were for rehabilitation and what I would need to relearn to go home, they promised me that I would be able to do everything necessary before being discharged; and boy were they right. I am now fully independent and even able to walk stairs without assistance. I will be forever grateful for the amazing work that the staff here has done and recommend the chateau to anyone looking for a wonderful environment to heal in.”

The staff at The Chateau were all excited for Jesus to go home and wished him luck on getting everything back together at home. We know that it has been a long journey, but we are very excited for it to be coming to an end and hope that everything will continue going well for Jesus.

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (May 2018)

Patients Age: 65
Admission Date: 5/2/18
Admitted From: SUNY Downstate
Discharge Date: 5/25/18
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 3 weeks
Reason for Stay: Femur Fracture
How did this patient hear about The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation & Nursing Center? Social Worker at SUNY.

Anne was admitted to The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after an unfortunate circumstance resulting in her breaking her femur while residing at home at her home. She was living alone prior to her fracture and wanted to be able to continue living independently. Surgery was performed to repair her femur during her stay in the hospital. Post-surgery rehabilitation would be needed in order to obtain her independent lifestyle again.

Anne wanted to pick a rehabilitation community that was close to her house and that would also have the capabilities of helping her reach her goals. After speaking with the social workers at the hospital, they recommended that she transfer to a location that she will be very happy rehabilitating at, The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Upon arrival at The Chateau, Anne was very nervous about how her stay would go. She was never in a rehabilitation community before and wasn’t sure what to expect. Anne soon met the staff members who explained to her the process of how things would go and explained that everything would be fine.
Anne became calmer and was looking forward to starting her therapy. Before beginning therapy, Anne was unable to walk on her own and needed assistance to transfer from standing to sitting. A concern that Anne had was that she would need to be able to walk the steps that she had in her house. The staff insisted that Anne will be prepared on the day of her discharge.

As soon as Anne began working in the gym, she became a new person. She was excited about seeing such great results and started looking forward to her discharge. After working consistently with her therapists for a few weeks, Anne was able to walk on her own without any assistance or devices and was able to climb the steps independently as well. When she reached all her milestones and goals, the staff were happy to help set up her discharge.

After three weeks of hard work, Anne was able to go home and continue living life as she once did before her fall. The staff at The Chateau were happy to see her walk out on her own and one staff member mistook her for a visitor and asked her to sign out from the guest book. That made Anne smile, “I came as a patient and left as a visitor and friend.”

From all of us at The Chateau, we wish Anne much luck and we are excited for her to back to living comfortably in her home!

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (April 2018)

Patients Age: 62
Admission Date: 4/16/18
Admitted From: Another Nursing Facility
Discharge Date: TBd
Discharged To: N/A
Length of Stay: N/A
Reason for Stay: Chronic Heart Disease
How did this patient hear about The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation & Nursing Center? Family members were here.

Ms. Linda Williams was admitted to The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in April of 2018. Prior to arriving at The Chateau, Linda was a resident at another rehab center in New Jersey trying to recover from heart complications, which made her unable to walk. She was very unhappy with the care she was receiving in that facility; and after speaking with her siblings who live in New York and have been residents at The Chateau, she decided to transfer herself to The Chateau in order to continue her road to recovery in a positive environment.

Upon arrival at The Chateau, Linda was excited to see a complete turnaround in her care and therapy treatments. She came to The Chateau unable to get out of bed or walk, and she had major difficulties taking care of her activities of daily living. She started working with her therapist, Eugene, to be able to get back to her independent self. After spending some time in therapy, she was seeing remarkable progress in her ability to walk and her ability to take care of herself. After only a few weeks she was already walking with a walker and able to get out of bed without assistance. She was also able to dress herself and take care of her ADLs on her own.

Aside from the therapy, Linda has been so happy with her entire experience at The Chateau. She took a few minutes to sit down with the staff and expressed her gratitude to everyone. Linda said, “The Chateau is a superior state-of-the-art facility. All of the staff members are compassionate, caring and go above and beyond to take care of their patient. The therapy department helped motivate me and got me walking and eating without the need of assistance. I loved the fact that my physical therapist was a doctor in his country before coming to America; it made him so much more knowledgeable. There is a great management team that helps keep the staff motivated and constantly on their toes. All in all, I am so happy to have made the decision to come to The Chateau because if I was still in the facility in New Jersey I doubt I would be able to do all the things that I am doing now.”

The staff at The Chateau is very excited in anticipation for Linda’s discharge home and are working together with her to make sure everything goes smoothly. Everyone at The Chateau will miss Linda’s smile in the lobby, but we are happy knowing that the work that the staff did with her has helped her achieve her goal of going back to her independent life.

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (March 2018)

Patients Age: 50
Admission Date: 1/12/18
Admitted From: NY Community Hospital
Discharge Date: 3/22/2018
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 2 ½ months
Reason for Stay: Fractured Ankle
How did this patient hear about The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation & Nursing Center? Here before

Mr. Ralph T. was admitted to The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation Center after taking a fall at home and breaking his ankle. It was a bad break and the doctors recommended that he have surgery to give him a better chance of fully recovering. Prior to falling, Ralph was living at home with his brother and was able to take care of all his needs independently. He was hoping to get back to his old self and was told that a few weeks in rehabilitation would help. Since he was previously a resident at The Chateau, he decided to come back here and work together with the staff that he knew and loved to start walking again.

Ralph was admitted to The Chateau on a Friday afternoon and was happy to be greeted by the friendly staff members. While being evaluated by the therapists, Ralph was unable to put any weight on his ankle and couldn’t walk. He was also unable to take care of any of his activities of daily living such as getting dressed without assistance. The therapists explained to Ralph that if he followed their rigorous plan for therapy, he would be able to leave fully independent. Ralph became concerned about walking up the many stairs he had in his home. It became our goal to erase this concern.

Within a few weeks Ralph was able to start seeing major improvements in his condition. Although he was still unable to walk on his own just yet, he was now able to take care of his ADLs on his own thanks to his Occupational Therapist Genie, and started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Working together with his Physical Therapist, Dee, Ralph gained the encouragement he needed to keep pushing himself a little further each day. As soon as the Orthopedic Surgeon took off the cast, Ralph and Dee went into overdrive to be able to start walking on his own. As each day progressed, he started seeing more and more improvement and was getting very excited to be able to go back home to his family. By the time Ralph was going home he was independent, he was able to walk on his own and had no problem managing steps which made him very happy.

Prior to being discharged Ralph sat down with the Director of Concierge Services to express his gratitude for all that was done for him while he was at The Chateau.

“This has not been my first stay at a rehab center, but it has definitely been my most positive experience. When I came in here I was very down and sad, I had broken my ankle and was scared that my life would never be the same. From the minute I was brought in the staff made me so comfortable, they took care of all my needs and did it with sensitivity. My therapists were amazing and the nursing staff on the floors went above and beyond to make sure my every need was taken care of. The recreation team is great and was able to keep me involved in activities so that I shouldn’t be bored. I was especially surprised to have a Super Bowl party with some of my friends here, which really made me feel like I was at home. I will be forever grateful to all of the amazing men and women of The Chateau”.

On March 23, Ralph was discharged back home to be able to spend time with his wonderful family. The staff at The Chateau were amazed to see how well he had done while on therapy, and how far he had come from not being able to walk when he came in and then now being able to walk out the front door as if nothing had ever happened. Everyone wished Ralph the best and told him that he must come back to visit every once in a while to bring back his warm smile to our community, a promise which we hope he will fulfill.

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Case Study: The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (February 2018)

Patients Age: 58-years-old
Admission Date: 1/22/18
Admitted From: Maimonides Medical Center
Discharge Date: TBD
Discharged To: TBD
Length of Stay: TBD
Reason for Stay: Hip Replacement
How did this patient hear about The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation & Nursing Center? Online

Ms. Jessica Eastmond-Rodriguez was admitted to The Chateau in November of 2017 after experiencing a fall at home and a resulting admission to the hospital. Although a young woman, she was experiencing many orthopedic challenges and subsequent pain. When she arrived at The Chateau she was unable to walk and needed assistance with all of her activities of daily living, causing a lot of frustration. She wanted very much to push and continue walking, but every time she attempted to go to therapy, the pain was too much to handle.

After a lengthy discussion with her doctor and therapists at The Chateau, Jessica decided that it best to undergo a knee and hip replacement. The clinicians here at The Chateau recommended that these two procedures would minimize pain and provide her with a great opportunity for successful therapy. She decided to have her hip replacement done first; however, she needed to work with the therapists at The Chateau to build up muscle strength for her new hip. After spending a few weeks working with the therapists and fighting through the pain, the doctors felt she was ready for the hip replacement. Prior to going out for her surgery the staff informed her that as soon as she’s ready to come back from the hospital they were looking forward to helping her continue her progress.

Thankfully, the surgery went well and within a few days Jessica was back at The Chateau and ready to continue on her road to recovery. Within the first few days of returning she was already seeing major improvement and a major decrease in her pain. She was excited to go to the gym every day and get comfortable walking on her new hip. Afterwards, the next step was to undergo a knee replacement.

After scheduling an appointment with her orthopedic surgeon, Jessica went to the hospital for her knee replacement and was back at The Chateau for her final set of rehabilitation services. It is currently one week since that procedure was done, and she is coming along very well. The recovery process will take a few more weeks after which Jessica is hoping to move down to Florida to be with her daughter. Jessica is very happy to be at this point in her progress and thankful for all that has been done for her at The Chateau. She mentioned how all the staff have been great to her and were always willing to go above and beyond to make sure she was comfortable. She was especially appreciative for her therapists, Parita, Marie and Lyuenda for gently and patiently helping her through every step of the process.

We at The Chateau are happy to have been able to help Jessica on her extensive and intricate journey of healing, and are thrilled that she will be going home in a condition that she will be independent and pain free. We wish her nothing but the best and continued success for all her future endeavors.

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Annette Young, Professional of the Quarter!

We are proud to share that Annette Young, Licensed Practical Nurse of The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, has been chosen as the third 2017-2018 Professional of the Quarter!

Annette Young has been working as an LPN for fourteen years, but she originally began her career in accounting before transitioning to healthcare. She shared, “I was tired of crunching numbers. I love to help people, I’m a people person. It’s a joy to take care of patients.”

Young is looked at as a major resource in the community, and is happy to be a part of The Chateau team. She shared, “I’m a motivator, for staff and patients. I tell my patients that you’re here to get better, and go home. It’s most rewarding to see someone come in sick and leave better; it makes my day.”

One of her team members shared, “Ms. Young truly exemplifies what it means to be a sincere, caring nurse. Her expertise is extraordinary, and she always patiently explains and cares for her residents as if they were her own family members.”

When she learned of her nomination for Professional of the Year, Young was in shock, stating, “It was so awesome, I was blind-sided! It gives a sense that you’re doing something well, and you’re appreciated. We all work together; The Chateau is tight-knit, and feels like family.”

Young is the third of four professional of the quarters, who will then be in the running for the 2018 CareRite Centers Professional of the Year.

Annette Young, you are #TheCareRiteDifference!

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