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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

I am even more deeply pleased if it has helped to encourage the young people that have followed our generation to express their pride in our heritage more openly, more joyfully than I would have ever dared to think possible.

Daphne Odjig

Healing more than hips

June 17, 2015

12 June Covh St Camrose Hip Rehab

Chella Ross and Elvi Jensen embrace like old friends. 

Chella asks, “How are you?" Ninety-three-year-old Elvi responds with a big smile and a twinkle in her bright blue eyes, “I am very good. “

Chella, a Recreation Therapy Assistant, is visiting Elvi at her home in the Viewpoint care facility in Camrose.

The two met in April 2015 after Elvi fell getting out of bed and broke her hip. She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose for surgery. She spent the next few weeks there recovering as part of the hospital’s new recreational therapy program that helps hip fracture patients (primarily seniors) fully heal, body, mind and soul.

“When you are happy it helps your health. {The program] raised my spirits,” says Elvi.

“She had such a positive attitude and the progress she made was incredible," says Chella. “When she left, she was actually a bit more mobile than before her injury.”

St. Mary’s Hospital treats four to six hip fracture patients a week. Three days a week all the patients come together for a coffee group and activities run by a recreation therapist, a recreation assistant and a group of volunteers.  For many patients, including Elvi, it is the highlight of their care.

“Breaking a hip can be very traumatic. The activities are stimulating and uplifting and the camaraderie of the group helps patients heal on many levels,” says Chella.

Elvi shared her many talents with the group, including painting and bread making. Elvi’s family owned a bakery for years in Riley and Tofield.

“When you are baking bread with an expert you would think it would be easier, but it is actually harder because there is more pressure on you, but it turned out good,” says Chella.

Elvi chimes in, “we also made cinnamon buns… they all went pretty fast so they must have been good.”

Chella agrees, “Yes, you could smell it throughout the building … everyone knew that day that Elvi was baking.”

The goal for the pilot program, which is funded by the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, is to reduce the number of days patients stay in hospital and return patients to the same quality of life they had before their injury.

For Elvi it is a lot simpler, “I have only good memories of being in the hospital.”

Camrose Canadian - see news coverage

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