Case Study: The Bristol at Tampa Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (March 2020)

Patient’s name: Shirley
Patients Age: 69-years-old
Admissions Date: 01/11/2020
Admitted From: Advent Health Tampa
Discharge Date: 03/17/2020
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 10 weeks
Reason for Stay: Resident fell at home and fractured her lower back.


Details of experience
Following an unfortunate fall at home, which resulted in a fractured lower back, Shirley was admitted to The Bristol At Tampa Rehabilitation & Nursing Center from Advent Health Tampa on Saturday, January 1st, 2020. She was in need of both occupational and physical therapy so that she could return home to her normal life and regain her independence.

Unfortunately, when Shirley first arrived at The Bristol, she was very sad and refused daily care. Despite doing everything in their power, The Bristol’s team was unable to cheer her up, Shirley wasn’t yet ready to begin her journey. Our awesome team of experts never gave up hope, however, and could always see there was a light at the end of the tunnel. So, the team put a plan into action, and our Social Services Director, Jackie, contacted Shirley’s family for some additional support! That was the beginning of her remarkable journey towards recovery. Dwanda, Shirley’s daughter, took the time to visit her mother daily and make certain she was participating, recovering, and not refusing care.

During the first few weeks of care, Shirley was unable to perform any daily living activities. She needed assistance to get out of bed, felt weak, and was unable to walk. She was unable to sit up at the edge of her bed for more than a minute, and her balance was unsteady, causing her to stagger when attempting to stand. Thanks to the assistance of our talented physical therapist, Tessa, as well as our wonderful occupational therapist, Joe, Shirley was able to begin making progress through physical and occupational therapy. One very helpful motivator was her supportive daughter,

always at her side, motivating her to continue pushing forwards in such a difficult part of her life. By week four, Shirley was beginning to feel positive about the entire process.

With time, encouragement, and hard work, Shirley has become able to perform daily living activities with moderate assistance. She is able to sit on the side of her bed and transfer to her wheelchair, her balance is steady, and with the assistance of Tessa, Shirley can stand with her walker. By week ten, and at the time of discharge, Shirley was able to stand with minimal assistance as well as walk 100 feet.

Pleased with the services provided by The Bristol, Shirley was able to be discharged and return home to her family. She stated that “they really helped me here”, before being discharged on March 17th, leaving the community with her daughter and a smile.