Homestead helps her back to garden
By Mark Sherry
Mark Sherry photo
A Homestead Care Center therapist helps Janine Maloney work on flexibility and strength in her surgically repaired right shoulder.

Janine Maloney will not be pitching left handed for the Milwaukee Brewers anytime soon; in fact, she does not do much of anything with her left arm.

“I’m extremely right handed,” Maloney said. “I’ll never make a southpaw.”

Maybe it was a long lifetime of doing so many things with her right arm that finally wore it out. Last August, the New Holstein resident began to have pain in her bicep, and by November she said it was really bad.

“I have a high pain threshold, thank God,” Maloney said. But this pain from her bicep up into her right shoulder was “tight up against 10” on a one to 10 pain scale.

Maloney said she does not recall any single moment in which she injured her shoulder. “I just assumed it was from use,” she said.

She was right, but a visit to an orthopedic surgeon along with X-rays and an MRI showed a menu of issues with her arm and shoulder—arthritis, tendonitis, a torn rotator cuff and bone spurs. And that meant a trip in for surgery.

Maloney spent 45 minutes of her New Year’s Eve in the operating room, then the first three days of the new year starting her long road to recovery in the hospital.

Off to Homestead Care Center

After that, it was off to Homestead Care Center in New Holstein for further rehabilitation. Maloney liked the idea that she could continue her recovery close to home, especially at a facility with which she was so familiar. She worked there for 10 years as a nursing assistant, and daughter Sandy Freund has worked there for years as well.

While at Homestead Care Center, the therapists, nurses, aides and the rest of the staff helped Maloney recover from her total reverse shoulder replacement. In a reverse shoulder replacement, the ball portion of the shoulder comes from the shoulder instead of the arm. “You get old, you need new parts,” Maloney said.

She spent six weeks at Homestead Care Center. Her shoulder therapy began immediately. Homestead Care Center has its own wing of the facility dedicated to rehabilitation services, with its own separate entrance to make it easy for outpatients to also get their therapy done at Homestead Care Center.

The Homestead contracts with Reliant Rehabilitation to provide its rehabilitation services. The therapists had Maloney stretching, using bands and doing other exercises to increase her strength, and she will be working with them twice a week until July to continue to improve.

“I can’t say enough good about their two therapists,” she said following her six-week stay at Homestead Care Center. “I had good care... They’re just very caring and very good at what they do.”

High recommendations

Maloney said she would not hesitate to recommend Homestead Care Center to anyone else. “These girls don’t get the recognition they deserve,” she said.

Maloney said she knew she would not be able to manage at home following her surgery but, thanks in large part to the staff at Homestead Care Center, she is now back to doing her springtime gardening using the “new parts” in her right shoulder.

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People of any age who experience hip replacement, stroke, heart attack, or other illness may benefit from rehabilitation therapies. The Homestead’s rehabilitation team works closely with physicians and nursing staff to help people successfully meet their healthcare goals.

The primary focus of physical therapy is mobility—getting in and out of bed, in and out of chairs, and walking in the home and in the community. Physical therapy can:

¦ relieve pain;

¦ increase strength, endurance and motion;

¦ alleviate lower back discomforts; ¦ increase flexibility.

Occupational therapy is designed to help people who have experienced a loss of ability caused by aging, illness, injury

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