Empowered and On Her Own

 

Empowered and On Her Own

 

As a Supported Living patient, Betty has made noticeable progress since she came to CNS in 2011. When she entered the postacute program, she had endured several strokes, restricting her mobility and impairing her problem-solving and cognitive skills.

Betty couldn’t articulate thoughts or verbalize needs. She was at a seventh grade level in math, reading, and writing. She lacked the home safety awareness and self-care to live on her own.

“We set expectations and Betty stepped up.”

But beneath her frustration was a determined woman who wanted a full, rich life. The Supported Living staff gave her a structured, goal-oriented program that inspired her to grow.

Betty’s therapeutic team set clear milestones. In the beginning, she struggled with multi-step directions, cognition, and motor skills. The staff created a specific program to address these issues.

They wanted Betty to improve her math and reading to achieve 80 percent of accuracy for her ability level. They worked on improving her home hazard awareness and challenged her to become independent of the task list she relied on daily. Multiple strokes had impaired her driving - she took the bus willingly but hoped one day to regain her driver’s license.

She had no idea that within three years she’d be a changed woman.

Betty flourished. Today, she manages her own money, volunteers at a senior center and at the local Red Cross. She drives her own car, keeps appointments, and has reunited with her children. A recent trip to Oregon gave her a chance to marvel at the brilliant fall colors. The Supported Living team reinforced independence constantly and Betty complied.

While involved in so many activities at the CNS residential apartments, Betty made friends, developed boundaries, and learned to handle stressful situations.

There was much for her to celebrate recently, when her confidence reached a turning point. She’s now living on her own.

“Betty just moved into her own apartment, and no longer needs that daily checklist,” her case manager said.

Today, the dishes are washed, the medication is managed, bedtime tasks are completed, and her grooming is impeccable. The math and reading skills are markedly improved.

“We set expectations and Betty stepped up,” her case manager noted. “Her growth has inspired us all.”