Case Study: Cortlandt Healthcare (August 2020)

Patients Age: 83-years-old
Admission Date: 06/11/20
Admitted From: Hudson Valley Hospital Center
Discharge Date: 08/28/20
Length of Stay: 77 days
Reason for Stay: Fracture to right shoulder
How did this patient hear about Cortlandt Healthcare? His daughter lives close by and recommended Cortlandt Healthcare


Details of Experience:
After moving in with his family to help watch his grandkids, Joe A. realized that after a while, his grandkids were watching over him rather than Joe watching over them. Henry Calam was a tennis player and wrestler at Princeton University. After joining the NROTC, he joined the Navy in 1958. He met his wife, got married and settled down in Ossining, New York. One Tuesday morning, Henry tried to get up out of bed and ended up falling onto a hard wood floor and he could not move. He fell between the wall and the bed and needed immediate assistance. His wife found him, called 911 and Henry was sent to the Emergency Room at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. After getting several X-rays, Mr. Calam fractured his shoulder in three places. He did not need surgery but needed hands-on care for it to heal properly. Henry’s daughter knew about Cortlandt Healthcare and together they chose Cortlandt Healthcare for his Rehabilitation needs.

When Mr. Calam arrived at Cortlandt Healthcare, he was greeted by our nursing staff, rehabilitation team and concierge director. Henry liked the gym, and he loved his therapists. Some of his short-term and long-term goals included hygiene and grooming tasks, sitting on the edge of his bed balanced, self-feeding, increase standing balance to reduce risk for future falls and other activities for daily living.

During therapy, he worked on his upper body to work his shoulder and make it stronger. He used a lot of the bands and the weights then started with some of the machines. After they worked on his upper body, they moved to his lower body to work on his balance. Thanks to the individualized treatment plan and Henry’s hard work, he reached his goals of mending his fractures and growing back the muscles in his upper body. When asked about his therapists he said, “Ricky, Mike, Lisa, Mercedes and Sean all did such a great job and I loved working them each and every one of them.” He currently uses a walker to ambulate.

On August 28, 2020, Henry discharged home. Being a former athlete, Henry had a passion for coaching and taught tennis in Ossining, New York. Even in his retirement he enjoyed golf and it was hard for him to sit still after his injury. Henry enjoyed the staff and will miss everyone that worked with him. “Everyone was very considerate, pleasant to work with and very aware of everyone’s personal needs.”

The team at Cortlandt Healthcare wishes Henry all the best on his continued journey.