It is safe to say we are all looking for hope wherever we can find it during the pandemic. For Norman Opp, 2020 has literally been a backbreaking year. Thanks to Good Samaritan Society – Arlington, Ohio, Norman is finding normalcy again.
“I sure appreciate everything they did for me at Arlington,” Norman says.
Operation and rehab
The 78-year-old with osteoporosis who lives in Mt. Blanchard, Ohio, broke his back this February. Sadly, he had to give up his beloved Welsh Corgi “Gus” to get ready for an operation and long rehabilitation.
After 100 days at a local skilled nursing facility, Norman was still having a hard time getting back on his feet. It was frustrating because he wanted to go home. When he made the switch to the Society’s Arlington location, everything changed.
“I went there for a couple months. They started working with me and by golly they got me home,” Norman says.
Norman can’t say enough about the staff at the Society.
“They took the time to really work with me over there at Arlington,” Norman says.
Abigail Mikesell is the Director of Social Services, Sales and Marketing at the Society in Arlington. She says the location specializes in physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
“I think it’s all about how you approach someone and your demeanor with them and your connection that you can get with someone,” Abigail says.
Listening to the patient and their family is the top priority.
“Our end goal, especially for short-term rehab, we always want them to go home. Whatever their goal is, we start that on day one,” Abigail says.
“I was tickled to death when they got me walking with my walker,” Norman says.
Smooth transition home
Not only did Norman thrive with the staff’s help at the Arlington location, he continues to make strides after leaving. Society physical therapist Heidi Jolliff helped Norman for a month at his home through home health care.
“He works so hard and is very motivated to do things on his own. He was just a joy to work with,” Heidi says.
Heidi says being able to provide that continuity of care for people is special.
“Having the same familiar faces coming to your home as what you got to know while you were working in the skilled facility. I think that’s really a blessing not only to the patients but to their families as well,” Heidi says.
During a pandemic, providing a safe, home health option is important.
“Takes a little bit of that worry off of them of having to leave the comfort and safety of their own home. They see all the efforts that we take to make sure that we’re keeping them safe,” Heidi says.
For Norman, the work continues. He’s taking what he learned from Good Samaritan Society and still putting it into practice every day.
“Eventually hope to walk without my walker. That’s my goal,” Norman says.
If he can accomplish that, he may think about getting another dog in the future.