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Porchlight “Has Done Wonders for Me” to Prevent Another Fall

Joan Krupa with her occupational therapist, Porchlight's Tamara Jachym, OTR/L

Joan Krupa with her occupational therapist, Porchlight’s Tamara Jachym, OTR/L

Joan Krupa, 81, of Westfield has lived in her home for more than 62 years. She raised five children with her husband, while working full-time for 25 years at Noble Hospital. Family is everything. With eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren Joan is determined now more than ever to be there for them.

Joan suffers from rheumatoid arthritis primarily on her right side which has resulted in the potential for catastrophic falls. Under the advisement of Scott Halista, MD, FACR, of the Arthritis Treatment Center, Joan sought hands-on rehabilitative therapy. Porchlight VNA was her choice to help her regain her strength and learn techniques to live confidently in her own home.

Porchlight’s Interdisciplinary Services

Porchlight’s experienced Occupational Therapists developed a plan to build strength and provide education in her own home.

  • Porchlight’s OTs guided Joan through exercises to improve the range of motion of her right Joan Krupa with her occupational therapist, Porchlight's Tamara Jachym, OTR/Lshoulder and upper extremities.
  • Therapists worked to strengthen her fine motor skills and train her to use her left hand/arm to not totally rely on her arthritic right side.
  • OTs led Joan through exercises to improve static and important dynamic balance at the cane-assisted level, key to helping avoid falls.
  • Therapists provided hands-on education with activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental ADLs (IADLs) to provide Joan with the right techniques to avoid falls during transfers, sitting, standing and more.

Outcome: With the support of Porchlight therapy and Lifeline Medical Alert, Joan has the tools to avoid falls. She is now able to get back to what is most important to her – family and holding her great-grandbabies!

In Her Own Words: “I’d like to thank Porchlight because they really did wonders for me. I really look forward to them coming! My therapist has been really great. She really brought me around. Another advantage to having therapy at home is that I don’t have to go out in the snow and ice.”