Winning Wheels Residents Share Their Personal Stories

Tina

2014


Tina sustained an anoxic brain injury from carbon monoxide poisoning. She transferred to Winning Wheels from Advocate Lutheran Hospital in Park Ridge, IL on April 8, 2014. Tina's goal in coming to Winning Wheels was to receive physical, occupational and speech therapy so that she would be able to transition back to her home in the community and regain her independence.

Before transferring to Winning Wheels, Tina was wheelchair bound, oriented only to herself and was unable to move her extremities in a purposeful way. Tina received physical, occupational and speech therapy while residing at Winning Wheels and quickly regained the ability to walk with a walker and then a cane. Her cognition returned as well as her orientation.

Tina discharged from Winning Wheels just a short three months after her admission. Tina was able to return to her home in July and is doing well. Currently she has plans to get her driver's license back and has returned to her normal activities that she enjoyed before her accident.

All of us at Winning Wheels were proud to have Tina as a resident and proud of the progress she made as well as her successful discharge back to the community.

Warren

2013


Warren came to Winning Wheels to receive rehabilitation due to a stabbing wound to his thigh. Warren transferred to Winning Wheels from OSF Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Warren's goal in coming to Winning Wheels was to receive Physical and Occupational Therapy and wound care in order that he would be able to transition back to his home in the community with support from his family. Warren was Winning Wheels first admission for our newly opened short term rehabilitation wing, Stepping Stones.

Warren received physical therapy and occupational therapy while residing at Winning Wheels. During physical therapy, Warren worked on gait training using the parallel bars, walker, and crutches, inside and outside of the facility. He also completed training in going up and down stairs. In Occupational Therapy, Warren completed therapeutic exercises and activities including ADL retraining, neuromuscular re-education with standing balance strategies, functional transfer training, and simple meal preparation tasks. He was also educated in regards to safety strategies and self wound and skin monitoring.

Warren discharged from Winning Wheels just a short three weeks after his admission. He discharged from Winning Wheels to live with his family and had services arranged through a home health care agency for wound care and therapy sessions to continue his rehabilitation process. With the support of his family, his transition home was successful and he is currently living in his own home. After his discharge, he was proud to return to Winning Wheels for a visit at our annual resident council picnic to show off his ability to walk independently with a cane and was happy to have staff and residentssign his cane in memory of his time at Winning Wheels.

All of us at Winning Wheels were proud to have Warren as our first resident for our new wing and proud of the progress he made as well as his successful discharge back to the community.

Taneshia

2012


Taneshia came to Winning Wheels to receive rehabilitation following a C.V.A. She arrived at Winning Wheels with ready laughter, a constant smile, and the will to return to more independent living in order to continue to raise her children.

Taneshia received physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy while residing at Winning Wheels. During physical therapy, Taneshia worked on increasing gait quality with the use of a cane, ambulation up and down stairs, and balance activities. In speech therapy, she increased her receptive and expressive language skills and took part in neurofeedback to increase her cognitive communication function. She learned during occupational therapy sessions to utilize her right upper extremity to assist her affected left side, to prepare meals for return to community, to follow safety procedures, and to use adaptive equipment to increase her independence. She also worked on medication and money management skills while at Winning Wheels.

Taneshia remained motivated during her stay and Winning Wheels and was discharged a little over a year after her admission. Taneshia was successful in meeting her goal to return to independent living and she was discharged to her own apartment in a supportive living community. She is enjoying her independence and spending time with her children. She continues to face whatever challenges might come her way and has the determination to accomplish whatever she sets her mind to. Taneshia is grateful to the staff at Winning Wheels for helping her to achieve her goals.

Kim

2011


Kim , 26, sustained a brain injury with left hemiplegia from a motor vehicle accident. As a result, Kim sustained a severe fracture to her left arm, both lungs were collapsed from 3 broken ribs, and she was in a coma for three months. After she came out of the coma, she was in an acute hospital setting for a month.

Kim eventually came to Winning Wheels to focus on her rehabilitation to get back to independent living and parenting her 2 year-old daughter. She began receiving physical therapy to address balance, gait, and limited movement on her left side. Occupational therapy helped her with self-care, parenting skills and household management abilities, while her speech therapy addressed affect, speech and cognition. Kimís biggest challenge was dealing with frustrations of having to rely on others and being away from her 2 year old daughter.

After less than 6 months at Winning Wheels, Kim walks independently and completes all of her self-cares. She is able to prepare simple meals, complete household cleaning tasks including laundry, and identify safe solutions to emergency situations. Kim continues to make progress toward goals including obtaining her GED, driving, and living independently with her daughter.