Jewel M. came to Kirkwood Manor from the hospital after having surgery on her left ankle; the surgery was necessary because she had fallen and badly fractured that ankle. She was greatly affected by this accident; she went from being independent in all of her daily activities to now being non-weight bearing and requiring oxygen supplements to assist her in her recovery. She needed assistance for almost everything.

When Jewel arrived at Kirkwood Manor, she could not put any weight through her left leg; her balance and muscle strength were severely impaired due to her fall and she had additional health issues that made it even more difficult to walk.

Jewel’s health issues required muscle strengthening, and progressive range of motion of her left ankle. She required balance training, gait training, energy conservation training, and muscle endurance training to assist in increasing independence with her activities. Jewel began working diligently with Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy on a daily basis to increase her overall muscle strength, static balance, dynamic balance, muscle endurance, and independence. She was always motivated and ready to come to rehab to improve her level of function and increase her independence every day in treatment, with her focus always on the goal of being able to go home with her family.

Jewel has made significant gains towards all of her therapy goals, is now walking with a rolling walker with contact guard assist, and continues to work on gaining full function of her left ankle.

Jewel worked very diligently with the Kirkwood Manor therapy team and for that the therapy team feels blessed; and we know Jewel is thankful that she will be able to soon return home and be with her family.

We are proud to announce, Jewell M. as our KM Rehab Superstar for the month for May 2019! Her hard work and determination are inspiring to all of us!