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From Feeding Tube to Freedom: Celebrating Ed's Rehabilitation Success

April 1, 2024
Meet Ed, a resilient individual who embarked on his rehabilitation journey at Siena Gardens in August 2023 following a challenging fall at home resulting in a head injury. Eager to kickstart his recovery, Ed wasted no time in expressing his determination to begin therapy immediately. Upon his arrival, he faced significant obstacles, including reliance on a feeding tube due to severe aspiration risk and failed swallow studies during his hospitalization.

From the outset, Ed's tenacity was palpable. As his Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), I vividly recall his eagerness to reclaim his ability to eat independently. Over the course of several months of diligent therapy sessions, Ed exhibited remarkable progress. What began as a journey on a restricted diet evolved into gradual upgrades to puree/nectar and eventually regular textures and thin liquids.

In March 2024, after months of hard work and perseverance, Ed achieved a significant milestone: he was confidently upgraded to a regular diet. This newfound freedom allowed him to enjoy outings with friends, including weekly breakfast gatherings at Frisch's, restoring a sense of independence he had sorely missed.

Despite encountering setbacks and challenges along the way, Ed's unwavering determination and resilience shone through. Together, we navigated the ups and downs of his rehabilitation journey, culminating in the achievement of his swallowing goals. As we look forward to Ed's upcoming milestone of having his feeding tube removed, I couldn't be prouder of his remarkable progress and determination. Ed's story serves as a testament to the transformative power of perseverance and the unwavering support provided by our therapy team at Siena Gardens.

As a skilled nursing facility, we know the importance of catering our care based on the needs of each of our residents individually. Our experienced Therapy Team works hard with our residents and recognizes that it’s never about the role and always about the goal. If you're in need of therapy, reach out to our team!

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