Patient Stories

Roberta Archer

"Turn the Corner" Swing Bed Program Provides Next Step to Better Health

Roberta faced several health challenges when she went into Emergency Department at Springfield’s Memorial Medical Center including congestive heart failure and asthma. After discharge, she needed a place that excelled in rehabilitation care. Enter Taylorville Memorial Hospital's "Turn the Corner" Swing Bed program.

"We needed to find a place where she could recover, regain her strength and learn how to walk again."

Charlyn Fargo wanted to find the best care for her 87-year-old mom, Roberta Archer. Thankfully, she didn’t have to look too far from her parents’ home.

“Mom takes care of everybody,” Charlyn said. “We needed to find a place where she could recover, regain her strength and learn how to walk again.”

Roberta faced several health challenges when she went into Emergency Department at Springfield’s Memorial Medical Center including congestive heart failure and asthma. After discharge, she needed a place that excelled in rehabilitation care.

Enter Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s “Turn the Corner” Swing Bed program, which was close to the Archer home, located between Rochester and Edinburg. Roberta ended up staying three weeks there, and her 92-year-old husband was able to visit regularly.

“Mom loved all the people there,” Charlyn said. “She had an excellent team that included a dietitian, nurses, physical therapists who pushed her just the right amount. She loved the food!”

Roberta thrived in the large private room where she could wear comfortable clothes from home – like sweats – instead of a hospital gown. At 87, she sometimes has trouble hearing in busy areas so the quiet environment also proved helpful in her recovery.

The physical therapists worked with her regularly. The room was spacious enough for her wheelchair-bound son Craig to visit with ease. After her three-week stay, she headed home and has remained healthy, returning to work and staying active.

“The program was a very, very positive experience,” Charlyn said. “It was the next step she needed to get better and really turn that corner. It was wonderful knowing Mom was getting great care. I could still work, take care of my family, and it was easy to visit her.”

For more information, visit our website at TMH “Turn the Corner” Swing Bed program or call 217-824-1130.

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