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Choosing Lakewood to Start Living Again - Sally's Story

sally-(1).pngWhen Sally Millett makes up her mind, there is no stopping her. She went from being a Long Term Care resident who did not get out of bed to a woman who is independently mobile and returning home. Sally got herself there by her renewed determination and as she states, “Smartening up and doing my therapy.”

Sally was admitted to Lakewood in April 2010 as a resident on Memory Lane, the long term care unit. Spending most of her time sleeping and laying in bed, Sally was unable to stand up on her own and was fully dependent on nursing staff. At risk of loosing her leg to infection and the potential of sepsis, hospice was suggested to Sally, and this is when Sally started thinking about whether or not she wanted to live. Shortly after, she was admitted to the hospital for congestive heart failure and this was when she states that she got her wake up-call.

In the hospital, she decided that she “was not ready to throw in the towel” and was readmitted to Lakewood on the skilled unit, for rehabilitation. Decreasing her medications, she states that her mind began to get clearer and she became more determined than ever. After three weeks, she was up and walking, and by September, she was wearing shoes for the first time in months. Sally attributes her outcome to strong determination and the motivation she received from therapists and staff at Lakewood. She often found herself pushing for a little extra; if she was asked to walk to the dining room, she would walk it twice.

On October 28, 2010, Sally said goodbye to Lakewood and headed home. Her son will live with her for awhile, but ultimately she will be living independently. She looks forward to getting her Tuesday lunch group together and playing Bingo. A priority for her is getting her license back, and plans on coming back to Lakewood, not to stay, but just to say hello. Sally is appreciative of the support she received while a resident of Lakewood Continuing Care Center and hopes that her story will help motivate others to not give up hope and to always keep trying.


The Lakewood Difference:

  • Inclusive Family Care Development Meetings
  • In-House Social Services
  • Licensed / Certified Staff
  • Transition Services
  • 24-hour Care
  • Choices & Patient Rights
  • In-House Mental Health Services
  • Diverse Activities
  • Truly Caring Staff
  • Overnight Apartment for Family / Friends

The Lakewood Difference:

  • Inclusive Family Care Development Meetings
  • In-House Social Services
  • Licensed / Certified Staff
  • Transition Services
  • 24-hour Care
  • Choices & Patient Rights
  • In-House Mental Health Services
  • Diverse Activities
  • Truly Caring Staff