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For years GlenWood Park Retirement Village has offered rehabilitation services for people who needed to strengthen their bodies after an illness or injury. In some cases, their spirits become stronger, too.
Charles Arnold will celebrate his 80th birthday on April 4, but not long ago, the retired coal miner couldn’t imagine wanting to celebrate anything. He and his wife Nellie had endured a lot.
In 1997 their 38-year-old son died. Then a few years ago, their second son died at just 54 years old. Soon after that Nellie fell and had to have spinal cord surgery. Her injuries left her unable to walk and barely able to use her arms. Charles, who has always suffered from poor circulation, has had to undergo numerous surgeries on his arms, legs and heart. Then at home alone in his motorized scooter, he accidentally ran his foot under a kitchen cabinet. The severe injuries refused to heal, and his right leg had to be amputated below the knee.
Following his surgery in October, Charles came to GlenWood’s skilled nursing unit where Nellie had been since 2011 after spending five months in a Roanoke hospital. For the first two weeks, he rested and recovered in bed. Then he began working with therapists from Odyssey Rehabilitation to achieve his goal of returning home to Bluefield. Odyssey became GlenWood’s rehab provider in 2009 as West Virginia Therapy Services. The name was changed in 2012 as the company pursued plans to expand into other states.
“We did bed exercises the first couple of weeks so he wouldn’t lose the strength he had,” says Bryan Jollay, DPT. “Then he progressed to sitting on the side of the bed doing exercises that worked his abdominals and core muscles and also helped with balance.” Once Charles could go to GlenWood’s therapy gym, he started on the NuStep which uses resistance to strengthen the arms and legs and increase endurance. As his arms became stronger, Charles mastered the ability to transfer himself from his bed to his wheelchair using a sliding board. Then he progressed to the parallel bars, at first walking with two people assisting and then independently. Success on the parallel bars led to Charles using a walker even without his right leg. Then on January 31 his prosthetic leg arrived. “The first day with my new leg, I walked on the parallel bars forward and backward,” says Charles.
“He’s doing great,” according to Bryan. “He’s been a pleasure to work with. He’s been very motivated and people who are motivated do very well in therapy.”
“I like to do for myself. I was determined that I was going to walk again and go back home,” says Charles. He misses his companion there, Princess, a terrier/beagle mix that’s “as fast as greased lightning and doesn’t meet anybody she doesn’t like.” But a memorable event with his most important companion, Nellie, brings a smile to his face. On January 24 the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at GlenWood. Staff at the retirement community arranged a special meal in a private dining room with their favorite foods (chicken for Nellie and steak for Charles) along with candles, cake, and champagne glasses filled with sparkling grape juice.
“The people at GlenWood are like family,” according to Paula Johnson, the Arnold’s daughter, who calls from her home in Louisville several times a day to talk with her parents. She is amazed at the way her father has bonded with staff and residents. “Dad never socialized before. At home he just played with the dog and watched TV. At GlenWood he talks to people and he actually has a life, more of a life than he’s had in years.”
“I feel better than I’ve felt in a long time,” admits Charles. “I was so weak when I came but it wasn’t long until I was up on my own.” He gives credit to his therapy team for their role in his success. “They gave me motivation. They’re very professional but they joke around with you, too.” Visits and phone calls from Paula also prompted him to keep going. “My daughter is wonderful. She has motivated me every day.”
With his goal of going home within reach, Charles says he “would recommend GlenWood to anybody” who needs rehabilitation. He’s proud of the progress he achieved in four short months and thankful to the people who supported him. “If I hadn’t been here, I don’t believe I would have made it.”
2013 has started off in a great way, beginning with the acquisition of Eagle Pointe in Parkersburg, WV. It just got better for Odyssey Rehabilitation by adding 3 new facilities in Weirton, WV. The first two facilities came in the form of Assisted Living Facilities, Woodland Hills Manor and Woodland Hills Cottage. “Odyssey Rehabilitation is very excited to have the opportunity to care for the residents of these facilities”, said Mike Dotson, VP of Sales for Odyssey Rehabilitation. “Tamela McQuiston and her staff have such a great vision for the future of these facilities and Odyssey can’t wait to help them make that happen.”
The third facility is Weriton Geriatric Center. Weirton Geriatric Center is a 137 Bed Skilled Nursing Facility located in the heart of Wheeling. Serra Villiage also has two ALF’s and an Independant Facility. “When meeting with Rhonda it became obvious that Odyssey Rehab and WGC have the same ideals and goals for how the residents should be treated.” “What a tremendous opportunity for Odyssey to help add to the already great services and care that goes on at Weirton Geriatric Center”, said Mike Dotson, VP of Sales for Odyssey Rehabilitaton.
It seems like, as you approach the end of a calendar year, it is always a good time to take a step back, be thankful and look at what has been accomplished during the last 12 months. Odyssey Rehabilitation has had an extremely busy past twelve months and a number of reasons to be thankful. During a time in our industry where there have been a number of changes, cutbacks and other adjustments, Odyssey Rehabilitation was able to take a big step forward and grow like no other time in the history of the company. Odyssey Rehab was able to welcome 7 new partners to our family, expanding to areas like Berkeley Springs, Princeton, Ronceverte and Wellsburg WV in addition to taking our services outside of WV for the first time to Riverview and Wytheville, VA. This growth has already carried over into 2013 with word that we will be kicking off the new year with a new facility, Eagle Pointe, in Parkersburg, WV. The biggest change of all was the transition from West Virginia Therapy Services to Odyssey Rehabilitation. Moving forward from WV Therapy Services was a very difficult thing to do. This name carried with it years of history that allowed the company to become what it is today, but the change to Odyssey also showed how exciting the future is. With a continued focus on quality patient care, customer service and employee advocacy, Odyssey will never forget the strong base WV Therapy created. I say all of this, to point out that none of this would have been obtainable if it were not for all of the support the company receives from past and current employees, our clients and vendors. Odyssey Rehabilitation has been very fortunate to work along side a number of individuals and teams that have the same ideals and goals as we do. For that, Odyssey would like to extend our graditude to each of you that have been a part of this journey during 2012.
Thank you and we look forward to the year to come.
Odyssey Rehabilitation would like to formally announce their partnership with Eagle Pointe in Parkersburg, WV. Stonerise Healthcare recently purchased Eagle Pointe from American Senior Communities and has decided to expand our partnership by having Odyssey provide the contract therapy to Eagle Pointe. “At Stonerise our mission states we want to “go beyond” compassion and improving care. We want to be the best employer and provider of nursing care and rehab services in each of the communities we serve. We are excited about our partnership with Odyssey and look forward to providing service and care in a new community”, says Tomi Burnside with Stonerise Healthcare. Odyssey Rehabilitation will begin providing these services on January 1st, 2013. “2012 has been a great year for Odyssey Rehabilitation and I couldn’t think of a better way to start 2013”, says Mike Dotson, VP of Sales and Marketing with Odyssey Rehabilitation. “Stoneriese Healthcare has been such a great partner to work with and we can’t express enough how thankful we are to know that they have the trust in us to care for the residents of their facilities. We look forward to providing the best patient care possible for years to come.”
ODYSSEY REHAB MOVES TO WYTHEVILLE, VA
Odyssey Rehabilitation would like to formally announce their partnership with Edgemont Center in Wytheville, VA. This is a great opportunity for Odyssey Rehabilitation to continue our growth outside of WV and into Virginia. “Edgemont Center fits perfectly into our ideals and goals for great patient care, in addition to what it takes to have a great partnership”, said Mike Dotson, VP of Sales & Marketing. Here is a link to Edgemont Center’s website, www.edgemontcenter.com.
Stonerise Healthcare Acquires Eagle Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Charleston, W.Va.– Stonerise Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of Eagle Pointe nursing and rehabilitation center to its family of West Virginia-based care facilities. Eagle Pointe is a 165-bed facility located in Parkersburg.
“We are excited about this new addition and look forward to the opportunity to serve the community,” said, Larry Pack, managing member of Stonerise.
Stonerise Healthcare is a full-service network of skilled nursing care centers that provide rehabilitation services, clinical therapies, treatments, and programs for short-term or long-term durations of care. Stonerise currently owns three other facilities – CareHaven of Pleasants in Belmont, Mapleshire in Morgantown and Springfield Center in Lindside.