November 1, 2007

Residential Terrace Helps Susan Ammons Regain Independence

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Susan Ammons may not be a big fan of the movie Annie, but the writers of the famous film, Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, are credited with the farewell saying she agrees best fits her recent departure from the Scotland County Residential Terrace.

Compounding medical issues made it necessary for the Scotland County woman to enter the residential care facility that offers a combination of skilled nursing care with independent living opportunities.

But after moving to the SCRT, Ammons began working with therapists from RehabCare Group, Inc., working toward the goal of ultimately returning home.

Just three months after taking up temporary residency at the facility, Ammons was in fact able to do just that. She returned to her home in September.

“If you are no longer able to be at home, or just need a short stay like I did, then the residential terrace is the next best place to home,” she said.

While she is happy to be back home, Ammons admitted she misses certain aspects of the life at SCRT, particularly the social interaction with fellow residents at such events as Thursday’s weekly bingo games and the regular Happy Hour time when residents gathered in the dining room to reminisce.

She is quick to credit the staff and the therapists for helping her recover and return home, where she now does cooking and light housekeeping and also has regained her driving privileges.

“I think the staff took good care of me,” she said.

The staff immediately points the finger back at Ammons, noting she is, in large part, responsible for her own recovery. They noted she put in the hard work rehabbing her medical conditions, a task she still undertakes daily, continuing her exercises as prescribed by the therapists.

“We at SCRT continually strive to deliver the best care for our residents and the therapists from RehabCareGroup, Inc., help us meet our goals as well as those of our residents,” said SCRT administrator Daisy Murphy.

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