Thomas, a 55-year-old male, was admitted to Vibra Hospital of Sacramento from Mark Twain Medical Center due to confusion and falling off the bed. Upon admission, Thomas had the following primary diagnoses: traumatic brain injury, a history of alcoholism, respiratory failure, metabolic encephalopathy, aspiration pneumonia, anxiety, and a history of drug abuse. Thomas was admitted on a ventilator for respiratory support and was receiving his nutrition from a feeding tube.
Once at Vibra, Thomas began receiving aggressive Respiratory, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy. At first, he had a difficult time staying focused during treatments, requiring frequent cues and maximal assist for safety awareness. Over time, his respiratory status improved, and he was weaned from the ventilator to a trach mist. From there, Thomas progressed to being capped and eventually decannulated. Alongside his respiratory progress, Thomas made large strides across all rehabilitation disciplines. He was able to transfer out of bed to a chair, started an oral diet, was able to communicate, and was progressing in his ability to complete activities of daily living.
Over time, Thomas improved tremendously in his independence with mobility, safety, and self-care. By discharge, Thomas was able to walk over 300 with a walker, complete self-care activities such as grooming and hygiene independently, and was tolerating a regular texture diet and able to communicate accurately. Thomas regained his strength, coordination, and balance. His safety awareness also improved significantly.
Thomas discharged home with his caregivers after a month at Vibra. We are so happy for him and wish him continued progress and success at home!Posted By