On Nov. 29, 2016, Margaret Berardino, a resident at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, turned 100.
The facility hosted a birthday party for Berardino on Nov. 26. Charlene Willey, director of dining services, planned the event with the help of Berardino’s son, and many of her extended family members were able to come to town to celebrate.
Richard Gallai had surgery for spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the bone channel that puts pressure on the spinal cord.
Following surgery, Gallai needed help to recover and get back to his prior level of function. He came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on July 30, 2016, for rehabilitation. He couldn’t get in and out of bed, walk, stand up, shower or get dressed on his own.
Most patients in skilled nursing facilities who return home go through a short-term rehabilitation program.
However, Virginia Savage, as a long-term resident at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, is a walking testimony that successful rehab is not limited to short-term patients.
Kenneth Gust came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on July 7, 2016, for help regaining his strength.
When Gust first arrived, he needed minimum assistance with walking, getting in and out of bed, standing, bathing and dressing. He had moderate difficulty with cognition and talking and extensive difficulty with swallowing.