Physical Therapy Helps Prepare for a Return Home

(Erie, PA)  Who would have known that serving as her mom’s interpreter during medical appointments and therapy treatments when she was younger would inspire a career in physical therapy.   Jasmina Hadzavdic, Physical Therapy Assistant at Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center has been a therapist for six years, four of which were as a therapist in a skilled nursing facility.    

According to Ms. Hadzavdic, “rehab is my passion – helping people get back home and making a home environment work for my patients is my goal. Life doesn’t stop because you had an injury or illness.”   Hadzavdic works with patients to figure out what is needed for each individual to return to home safely. She conducts an assessment of the home to determine if equipment or environmental changes are necessary.   She then works with the patient to improve gait, ascending/descending steps, mobility and home planning.   A good deal of therapy is centered around transferring.   Working with her patients to transfer from a bed, to a wheelchair, to a chair, to a toilet, to a vehicle are all important for safe daily activities.   At times, she is working with a spouse, family member or caregiver to educate them on how to care for her patients once they return home.     

Ms. Hadzavdic also works with long-term residents at Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center to help them return to baseline to improve their status.   She shares, “some of my best friends are in their eighties and nineties.   I love working with these folks.”

Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center, located between Wilson Middle/High School and St. John the Baptist Church, offers a continuum of care including, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, secured memory care and long-term care.  Nightingale Life Center offers independent and personal care apartments.   If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tonya Moyer, Marketing Department, at Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center or email tmoyer@nightingalenrc.com

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