“I loved it at The Alverno. Everyone is so friendly and kind. I had a very good experience and would recommend it to anyone. Everyone was wonderful, including the nurses and the certified nurse assistants. Therapy is great and everyone is kind and loving, which makes a big difference with recovery.”
When Gloria arrived at The Alverno, she was weak, tired and depressed. She had undergone surgery on three disks in her back and was in a lot of pain. She had a feeling of hopelessness and simply wanted to lie on her bed and cry.
During her first day at The Alverno, Gloria met with the therapy team and began treatments to help her recover. “When I started working with Gloria, I saw things that weren’t in her chart,” recalled PTA, Bernie Hankemeier, “She wanted to get better and had motivation.” “I enjoyed the therapy and I’m glad I’m as good as I am now,” said Gloria.
Prior to surgery, Gloria never imaged going anywhere but home when she was discharged from the hospital. She was caught off guard when social workers began suggesting she go to a facility for rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. After considering her options, Gloria told the social worker that she wanted to come to The Alverno. Upon discharge from the hospital, Gloria traveled from Trinity Terrace Park back to Clinton where she found herself in a private room in The Alverno’s Sister Ruth Cox Rehabilitation Unit. “When I arrived, they made me feel at home,” said Gloria.
The first day she began working with therapy, she was only able to take a few steps with the walker, by the time she was ready to go home, she was walking all over with just a cane. She was hardly able to hold a brush, but can now not only hold a brush, but also curl her hair. After returning to The Alverno from a follow up visit with her doctor, Gloria said, “The doctor was amazed at how well I was doing.” His prescription read: Keep up the excellent therapy and will see again in four weeks.
Although she felt hopeless when she entered the facility, she left full of life and was making plans to return to work in the near future. “Everyone made me feel comfortable and they really cared,” she said. “The girls at The Alverno gave me the motivation to get better. I never thought I was going to come out of this, but the girls in therapy did wonders with me.”
“I have stayed at The Alverno twice due to hip replacements. Once in June of 2007 and then again in September. The hip replacements were due to severe arthritis.
“What I’ve found so healing and helpful is the upbeat attitude of the therapists at The Alverno. I worked with both physical and occupational therapy every day, and they made it fun. While they challenged me, they also respected my wishes if I wasn’t feeling well. Even after I returned home, they made sure I had a list of exercises to work on once I got there.
“The nursing staff was wonderful as well. They were all kind, compassionate and fun! Everyone at The Alverno helped me get better. The attitudes of the staff certainly help the healing process.”
“After I fell and broke my knee, I needed skilled nursing and therapy. I had been through therapy before when I shattered the tibia in my right leg. Unfortunately, I did not have a good experience. I wasn’t happy with the care I received and did not want to return.
“My husband’s niece suggested that this time I go to The Alverno for skilled nursing and therapy.
“My experience at The Alverno was much different. The staff at The Alverno are outstanding and wonderful to work with. My therapists were great and very encouraging. It felt good to hear words like ‘You did it.’
“Everyone there is so good and so kind.”
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