Ruby Meadows is a retired, independent lady. She is a proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to two little boys. Ruby was enjoying her family and loving life.
One night, coming home from Wednesday night supper at church, Ruby tripped and fell on her concrete steps. She sustained a scalp laceration and head injury. Although bleeding from her head, Ruby managed to find her keys and make it inside to call 9-1-1. Ruby spent nine days in the hospital, part of that time in ICU.
After Ruby was stabilized she transferred to Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute. On admission to SRI, Ruby needed help with eating, toileting and dressing. Her balance was impaired and she needed maximum assistance with walking. Ruby spent two weeks in rehab.
Ruby and her son knew that SRI was the right choice for her rehab. Her husband had been a previous patient a few years prior.
From the day of admission, Ruby knew she wanted to do whatever it took to return to a “normal life.” She stated, “I could do everything before.”
There was no shortage of motivation for Ruby. “If they can do it, I can do it,” Ruby recalled thinking as she watched other patients in therapy. “The other patients motivated me. We were like family. The nurses and therapists were dedicated to my recovery, and in return, I wanted to do good for them.”
“I enjoyed everyone from the lady that helped me bathe the first day I arrived, to the friendly faces that served my food,” she added.
Ruby made great progress each day, culminating in her discharge home.
“The hospital staff lined up at the door and clapped the day I was discharged,” she remembered. “It made me feel special. The whole experience was wonderful!”
“The program was successful,” Ruby reflected on her time at SRI. “Success for me was getting back to my home. I live alone and wanted to be able to care for myself again. My plans for the future are spending quality time with my family. They are the most precious to me.”