Louise Birrett and Liberty at Home physical therapist Jay Kensicki.
Louise Birett and Liberty at Home physical therapist Jay Kensicki.

Louise Birett’s journey to recovery through Liberty at Home initially began with a stay at Artman, a senior community in Ambler, in October. Louise lived with chronic back pain for several years. Following back surgery and a hospital recommendation for a short-stay at Artman, she was introduced to the staff and services of Liberty at Home.

The team of professionals leading the way to recovery

Liberty at Home was the next step in Louise’s road to a full recovery. A licensed home care agency and service of Liberty Lutheran, Liberty at Home provides the skilled services prescribed by a physician and delivered by a team of professionals.

Liberty at Home registered nurse, Michele Enling, and Louise Birett during their last visit together.
Liberty at Home registered nurse, Michele Enling, and Louise Birett during their last visit together.

“When I first came home I had problems getting in and out of bed,” says Louise. “With every Liberty at Home visit, I’d get better and better.” Within 24 hours of leaving Artman, two Liberty at Home staff, Michele Enling, a registered nurse, and Jay Kensicki, a Physical Therapist, met with Louise and Bob and instructed them and their family on pain management, wound care, and discussed a physical therapy schedule.

“The goal of physical therapy is to ensure that the patient is safe in her home and get her to the point where she is no longer home-bound,” says Jay Kensicki. For Louise, getting in and out of the car had been a problem for years, and she needed a mechanical lift to assist her. Amazed at how well she’s done in recovery, Bob says he can now get rid of it.

 Healing at home is a family affair

The Birett family home has been a hub of activity for many years. Louise and Bob built an addition onto their house when Louise’s parents lived with them. The addition was empty for a while until about 13 years ago, when the Birett’s daughter Robin and her husband Chris moved in. Their family has since grown to include two grandchildren, Taylor and Caitlin, and their two dogs. Having the addition has not only meant having family close, it made Louise’s recovery a lot easier.

“We moved everything around before Mom came home,” say Robin. “We wanted to be sure that she would not have to go down any steps. The kids were so happy she was home with us. We all missed her and were so glad she had this great care right here in our home.”

“I have been very blessed,” says Louise. “Jay and Michelle were great. They helped me increase my confidence so that in just four weeks I could drive myself to choir practice. I have no pain, a wonderful family, and lots to look forward to.”

This is one of many amazing stories featured in Liberty Lutheran’s winter 2014 digital newsletter – At Liberty. Click here to see the entire online newsletter!

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