Shirley achieves her reablement goals in less than half the expected time

Patient story 28th Apr 2024

Shirley was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital at the beginning of January following a fall. When she was referred to HomeLink Healthcare for physiotherapy on 31st January, she was felt to be at a high risk of further falls.

The goals were for Shirley to become independently mobile with a Zimmer frame and to be able to visit the toilet by herself within four weeks, as well as being able to manage stairs and meals independently in five weeks.

In the first week of Shirley’s care, HomeLink carried out daily double-handed physiotherapy treatment and also made one nursing visit to monitor her two wounds that were identified whilst she was in hospital, before handing this part of her care to the district nursing team.

Shirley’s progress was remarkable. By the end of the second week, with physiotherapy sessions reduced to single-handed support, she had achieved most of her goals with supervision and demonstrated excellent mobility.

This improvement was reflected in her self-reported quality of life score (EQ-5D-5L), which had increased from 40 to 75 in the two weeks between 2nd and 16th February. Similarly, her mBarthel scores showed an improvement from severe dependence (a score of 45 on admission to our service) to moderate dependence (a score of 62 after two weeks).

Despite plans for her transition after the second week, delays in the community physiotherapist’s availability necessitated an additional week of support from HomeLink Healthcare. To ensure Shirley kept up the momentum and didn’t deteriorate, HomeLink provided two additional physiotherapy visits in week three.

Following her discharge, Shirley’s daughter reached out to our office to express her gratitude for the fantastic progress Shirley achieved during her time with us. She specifically highlighted the exceptional teamwork demonstrated by the HomeLink team and said she is extremely happy with the results and the support her mother received.

“You did everything exceptionally and allowed me to leave hospital six weeks earlier than planned because of the service you provided.

THANK YOU!!”

Patient feedback

“I am so grateful to have been referred to HomeLink Healthcare, they have really helped me get back on my feet. If I had stayed in the hospital I would not have achieved everything I have done”

Patient feedback

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and let you know that the work you do makes a true difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.”

Dr Vassiliki Bravis Consultant, Imperial College London

“Exceptional, amazing service with highly qualified staff. I felt confident at all times that staff knew how to deal with my picc line and my four times-a-day antibiotics was made easier by such lovely caring and compassionate staff”

Patient feedback

“The visiting therapist took her time with me, was always providing encouragement and without that I wouldn’t be at the point I am today.”

Patient feedback

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