Gary - January 2022
Our friend, Gary came to GlenOaks for a short rehab stay following an extensive hospital stay. He needed to get stronger before going home. He worked 5 days a week with our Occupational and Physical Therapy team. He was able to discharge home with his wife after 11 short days of being on campus.
A follow up home visit was completed and staff were able to review home medications and his personal glucometer. It was a pleasure to follow up in their home.
His wife told stories of how they met at her family cabin. “He looked like Fonzerelli, you know, the hair,” she said with a smile. She continued, “He had a leather jacket and he was driving his hot rod with no hood on because that was the thing back in the day.” We all laughed and enjoyed our visit.
Gary remains spunky as ever and loves to joke around. Gary enjoyed his stay here at GlenOaks stating, “The nurses are busy, but they make time for you, they are all great.” Thank you, Gary, for choosing GlenOaks! We are here to serve you!
Pearl - November 2021
Pearl was a recent therapy resident at GlenOaks Senior Living campus. Pearl was with us for 15 days. While she was at GlenOaks, she worked with both occupational and physical therapy.
“I really like working with Erin, OTR. She was fun!” Pearl reports she feels that both therapies did a wonderful job and helped her get back on her feet and back home! When asked about discharge planning, she stated, “I think everything went as well as it could.” She continued, “the equipment I needed was waiting for me when I got home.”
Pearl also was happy with the follow up and Meals on the GO delivery when she got home. “Thank you, the meals are great! I feel safe and happy to be home!”
Alfred "Chuck" Anderson - December 2020
Alfred came to GlenOaks Senior Living Campus after a hospitalization with a wound and pneumonia. Chuck needed therapy to regain strength and the assistance of nursing to aid with wound care. No stranger to the New London area, he is a familiar face within the community and was grateful to come to GlenOaks. He was driven to work with the therapy and nursing teams and was able to fully recover and return home after only 3 weeks!
While at his stay at GlenOaks, he states that he loved the food. He explains that he really looked forward to getting his meals every day. He was also so grateful to the nursing staff and states they did a great job at wound care. Upon returning home, Chuck states that he is looking forward to watching the Minnesota Vikings and loves the winter because it “kills the ragweed”!
Rachelle "Shelly" Keltgen Success Story - July 2020
Rachelle came to GlenOaks Senior Living Campus after a short stay at Carris Health. She received 5 fractures in her right foot when she fell and required some physical therapy before returning to her home in Olivia. She was a wonderful resident at GlenOaks, staying for just one week! She worked hard with the therapy department and was able to attain her goal of returning home quickly.
Shelly states that she really enjoys walking and before she fell, she would walk up to 6 miles a day. She continues to strive to return to that goal. She states that Erin and Kirstin were great and gave her some excellent exercises to utilize upon discharge to help her maintain her strength.
Shelly says that she really appreciated the attentive care that she received at GlenOaks and always looked forward to seeing Lori because she was “always so friendly.” She also appreciated all the CNA’s and says that Skyler was a “very good aid”
Shelly explains that she just became a grandma and is looking forward to being able to spend time with her new granddaughter. She states that she is so grateful to have had the experience of coming to GlenOaks and is happy that she had the ability to get home so quickly. She is happy to be able to see her family and do the things that she loves!
Gladys Lungstrom Success Story - July 2020
Gladys is a resident in the independent living suites at GlenOaks Senior Living Campus. She was diagnosed with pneumonia after going to the hospital with increased shortness of breath. During her hospital stay, Gladys was able to make a full recovery, but did have some increased weakness. Her team of healthcare providers recommended a short stay at the GlenOaks skilled nursing campus where she can focus on regaining her strength.
Gladys states that she really likes the aids at GlenOaks. “They are always so pleasant and that’s really important.” She states that her time working with the therapy team has been very beneficial and that she looks forward to seeing Kirstin every day. She states that she knows that she is getting stronger and that makes her happy to know that she continues to get closer to attaining her goal of returning to her apartment.
Gladys states that she really loves her apartment and looks forward to returning home, so she can sit in her recliner. She expresses that “I really miss my lift chair; it feels really good on my back.” She also enjoys cooking and states that she is excited to return home to make her own breakfast again. Gladys is happy with the care that she receives at GlenOaks Senior Living Campus and states that she is grateful to have the opportunity to participate in physical therapy without having to leave the campus.
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
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.”
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