Janet Smith

Program Helps Janet Bridge the Gap Between Hospital and Home

Aug 23 2021

Quality and compassionate: that’s how Janet Smith sums up her experience at Mercy Health – Marcum and Wallace Hospital’s Almost Home program.

Almost Home is a short-term, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation program where Janet spent five days after her recent knee replacement surgery. Janet was a nurse for nearly 40 years. Therefore, she knew the importance of follow-up care after a surgical procedure.

“I thought the requirements for my care after surgery would just be too much for my husband, Robert, to handle,” Janet shares. “I knew it would be a lot of medication, assistance and equipment that he just wasn’t ready for. After all, I’m the nurse in our relationship.”

Janet worked with the nurse care coordinator regarding her health care insurance and information before her surgery. The process was an easy one.

Our highly skilled health care team at Marcum and Wallace Hospital works together to care for Almost Home patients, like Janet. They develop and follow individualized care plans to help each patient achieve and maintain the highest level of independent functioning before returning home.

The team includes:

  • Hospitalist
  • Care coordinator
  • Nurses
  • Dietitian
  • Physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists
  • Pharmacist
  • Activities coordinator

“Everyone did such an excellent job caring for me. I couldn’t have asked for better care,” Janet recalls.  “They catered to my every need.”

Once Janet was ready to go home, the Almost Home team scheduled her follow-up care including outpatient physical therapy at the hospital.

“Thanks to the awesome physical therapy team, I have full range of motion in my left knee and no pain whatsoever. The therapists encouraged me, motivated me and helped me get stronger!”

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