Unruh returns from PATH stay feeling better than ever

Resident Helma Unruh.

Helma Unruh

When Helma Unruh needed to recuperate from a visit to the hospital last fall, she was able to do it very close to home.

Unruh chose the Post-Acute to Home (PATH®) unit at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor for her rehabilitation from treatment for an infection. In the PATH program, patients receive skilled therapy and skilled nursing services under the supervision of a physician and registered nurse. The team of doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers tailor individual programs to meet each patient’s personal and medical needs. Regular family conferences are held to expedite recovery and aid the transition to home.

Unruh has lived in her apartment at Presbyterian Manor for about five years, and she said it was helpful to complete her therapy where she already knows so many people.“

“Everyone was good, kind, and very patient, even during my therapy,” Unruh said. “Even on hard days, they were still so encouraging.”

The PATH therapists did more than focus on the reason she came for rehabilitation, however. Unruh said the staff noticed she was struggling with asthma and breathing problems, and they gave her new treatments to help get those issues under control, too.

In November, Unruh returned to her apartment feeling great. “This is best I have felt in a long time,” she said.

PATH acts as a bridge between hospital and home by helping patients overcome the challenges of recovering from an injury, illness or surgery. The program is open to the general public, with a doctor’s referral. Services include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Dedication to reducing re-admissions
  • Professionally prepared meals, plus beverages and snacks always available
  • Social services to support post-discharge needs
  • Full outcomes assessment detailing achieved goals