Our Stories

Tom Leite's Rehab to Home Success Story - June 2020

No stranger to the New London area. Tom came to the GlenOaks campus after receiving hip surgery and requiring therapy to regain strength. Tom works hard every day to attain his goal of returning home. Your health is our focus, and you are doing great work TOM!

Michael's Recovery Story - February 2020

Michael is no stranger to the New London area. Raised outside of Atwater, he moved to Hawick, where he lives just south of town. Michael came to GlenOaks Senior Living Campus in February 2020. After he had back surgery in December 2019, he developed a severe infection in his spinal cord. Michael was hospitalized for 2 months and was unable to walk. 

Michael has always had a positive outlook toward his recovery and took great pride in his ability to succeed. He worked diligently with the physical and occupational therapists 5 days a week. After just a few weeks, Michael was able to walk again! Today, Michael is walking independently with the use of his walker. He says he is incredibly grateful to the therapy team at Glen Oaks Senior Living Campus and would recommend them to any of his friends. 

Michael states that loved to joke around with the staff and looked forward to seeing them throughout the day. He continues to work toward his goal to return home. Michael is an animal lover and has 5 cats. He states that he cannot wait to return home, so he is able to see them every day. He also states that he looks forward to the day when he can once again rebuild classic cars, a passion that he has had throughout his life. 

Michael states that he is so thankful to the staff at GlenOaks Senior Living Campus because they have helped him to regain his independence and have given him the tools that he needs to attain his goals. 

Meals on the GO! Success Story!

Susan came to us for a shorty therapy stay, she worked hard with our OT & PT department and was able to return home after just a short 7 day stay! As party of our Meals on the Go program, our team delivered meals to her shortly after she returned home so she could focus on recovering. Way to go Sue! 

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"I Chose GlenOaks"

Verona Thompson had a knee replacement. She planned her stay at GlenOaks with priority reservations which took the worry out of a transition from a hospital into a therapy unit. She started therapy shortly after her surgery. When she first came to Grace Living Community of GlenOaks’ therapy department she was using a wheelchair and in a lot of pain. Our in house therapy team started working with Verona shortly after her arrival. Both Occupational and Physical therapy met with Verona and developed a plan to start her on range of motion and strengthening exercises. Verona has now completed her therapy sessions. Her goal was to return to her apartment and live independently which she was able to do after just a few short weeks. Verona recommends that anyone who needs therapy make an appointment with the therapists here. “The staff are all wonderful, the therapy team was great and really made me feel comfortable.” “The facility had great qualities as well. I was able to watch wild life right outside my window!” “I could not imagine recovering anywhere else. I will definitely go back!” “The staff made me feel at home even when I wasn’t.” – Verona Thompson, Grace Living Community of GlenOaks Therapy Patient 001824001r2 Verona Thompson had a knee replacement. She planned her stay at GlenOaks with priority reservations which took the worry out of a transition from a hospital into a therapy unit. She started therapy shortly after her surgery. When she first came to Grace Living Community of GlenOaks’ therapy department she was using a wheelchair and in a lot of pain with movement. Our in house therapy team started working with Verona shortly after her arrival. Both Occupational and Physical therapy met with Verona and developed a plan to start her on range of motion and strengthening exercises. Verona has now completed her therapy sessions. Her goal was to return to her apartment and live independently which she was able to do after just a few short weeks. Verona recommends that anyone who needs therapy make an appointment with the therapists here. “The staff are all wonderful, the therapy team was great and really made me feel comfortable.” “The facility had great qualities as well. I was able to watch wild life right outside my window!” “I could not imagine recovering anywhere else. I will definitely go back!” “The staff made me feel at home even when I wasn’t.”

– Verona Thompson, Grace Living Community of GlenOaks Therapy Patient Testimonial

Community Service

Our dedicated staff pick up trash to keep our community beautiful! We had a great time giving back to the community and look forward to the next opportunity! 

Priya Theilen loved her Short-Stay with us!

“I have been to other nursing homes in the past and this is one of the best ones I’ve been in. The one-to-one attention you get is excellent. When we were looking for a place the U of M said that this was one of the highest rated places and they were right. People greet you by your name and they are not afraid to have fun. It’s just a very rounded experience and everything seems to be very balanced. The grounds are so beautiful too. The staff takes the time to talk to you and ask how your day has been and if there is anything they can do for you. They do a really good job answering questions and explaining about medication changes. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.”

 –Priya Theilen
Transitional Care Unit Patient

Janelle Joneson is Thrilled with Her Therapy Results

Janelle Joneson had a knee replacement in January. She started therapy five days after her surgery. When she first came to Grace Living Community of GlenOaks’ therapy department she was using a walker and in a lot of pain.

Our physical therapist Kirstin Bergman started her on range of motion and strengthening exercises two times a week for four weeks and then was able to reduce that to once a week. Janelle has now completed her therapy sessions, has stopped using the walker and can now tackle stairs. She has achieved all of her range of motion and strength goals. She has progressed to being able to do single leg stance, balance activities and can even drive her car again.

Janelle is getting another knee replacement next year and has already made plans to return to Grace Living Community of GlenOaks’ therapy department. She recommends that anyone who needs therapy make an appointment with the therapists here.

“I can drive a car for the first time in two and a half months and I can’t imagine where I’d be without the therapy.”

– Janelle Joneson, Physical Therapy Patient