Ethel McGuigan returning home after 3 months in Trillium Villa’s convalescent program

She credits team effort for helping her with recovery

Pictured, from left, are Trillium Villa physiotherapy assistant April Koppes, resident Ethel McGuigan and life enrichment aide Shannon Barnwell.

In less than three months since she began participating in Trillium Villa’s convalescent program after shoulder surgery, Ethel McGuigan is getting ready to move back home on May 12.

McGuigan describes herself as a “perfectionist,” so it comes as no surprise to her that she has improved her well-being in the program.

She moved into the Sarnia long-term care home on Feb. 18 after having surgery to repair her shoulder, which was affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

When she moved into Trillium Villa she could barely move her arm, which was in a sling. Working with physiotherapy assistant April Koppes, McGuigan began an exercise regimen to improve her range of motion.

McGuigan also worked with life enrichment aide Shannon Barnwell, who coached her on a leg peddler to improve her leg strength. She has since graduated to an exercise bike.

Exercise programs in the convalescent program are offered individually and in groups.

“(This program) has really helped me – I’m feeling really good right now,” McGuigan said. “Everyone here has been great with me (and) I have really improved a lot.”

What makes Trillium Villa’s convalescent program so effective is the team effort put forth by staff members from various departments, she adds.

“Everyone knows exactly how to work with you,” McGuigan says.

In addition to the variety of exercise regimens, the program also includes time for residents to make their own breakfast each morning to increase their independence, Barnwell notes.

“Ethel has been doing very well with that, too,” she says.

Once she returns home, McGuigan will continue performing the exercises she has learned through the convalescent program. She will also continue physiotherapy at Bluewater Health.

The convalescent program offered at the Sarnia long-term care home provides care from an interdisciplinary team that helps patients recover from surgery and improve their well-being before moving back home.

Trillium Villa’s convalescent program was launched in August 2012 through funding by the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The program can accommodate up to 10 people at a time.

This story was provided to the Steeves & Rozema Group by Axiom News and originally appeared on the S&R Today website. Republished with permission.

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