Nursing Home Week - Matthew Dombrowski's Story

In addition to stroke awareness, May also celebrates Nursing Home Week. The American Health Care Association has designated this year’s Nursing Home Week, May 10 to 16, 2015, as “Bring on the Fiesta!” Celebrate “Bring on Fiesta” with Familia, Vida and Amor (family, life, love) during National Nursing Home Week 2015! We call on everyone to strut their stuff this week. Make it a special time of entertainment and education for all while focusing on bringing to life the subtheme of “Familia, Vida and Amor.”

In honor of National Nursing Home Week, we would like to share a story that exemplifies family, life and love. One great example ties all three subthemes- the Dombrowski family story. On July 10, 2013, Matthew was found unresponsive, suffering from a massive brain bleed. He was moved from Allied Services’ Heinz Rehab Brain Injury Unit in Wilkes-Barre to our Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Scranton on July 31. Matthew was paralyzed on one side of his body and could not speak. Christine, Matthew’s loving wife of 40 years, has been at his side since day one.

“At every little point throughout the process, they did what he needed,” said Christine, reflecting on the care Matthew received during his time at Allied Services. Matthew has been treated by multiple physical and occupational therapists. Matthew is now able to sit up, stand and pivot his body. Occupational therapists have been working with Matthew to help him regain the skills needed to perform daily activities such as washing his face and maneuvering his wheeling chair. Christine is thankful for all the PT and OT members of Allied Services who treated her husband. She is also thankful for all the aides who trained and educated her on being able to care for Matthew. The aides prepared Christine to provide support for Matthew when he arrives home (anticipated return home in July!) Lastly, Christine was so gracious of our speech therapist who helped Matthew progress. Speech therapists worked with Matthew every step of the way, from getting the muscles in his mouth moving to being back on a regular diet.

Matthew is starting to form words including “I love you,” which he tells his wonderful wife Christine, every day. Matthew’s wife and daughter can not wait to have him home. This is a truly amazing story that speaks the language of family, life and love.