"Exercise classes"

About: Kerang Hospital

(as the patient),

To The Kerang Hospital Board,

I have been attending the exercise classes held at Kerang Hospital since August 2018. When I commenced the class I was recovering from a knee replacement in early January  2018, using a cane at all times, experiencing quite severe balance problems and feeling rather powerless when it came to physical activity. I had a heart attack 2 years previously and suffered quite a severe fall in 2017. I was aged in my mid 60's and moving towards diabetes. 

I have attended the sessions under Karyl’s tutelage and these are some of the improvements we have recorded: 

I commenced being able to only do 5 reps or even the upper body strength work and can now undertake 20 reps for most exercises, including the lower body exercises.

I could barely walk across the room, but am now doing 0.5km of the treadmill on a regular basis, rarely use my cane inside or around the yard, and I am using it less and less outside on a daily basis even to the point I have gone into shops and realised I had forgotten to bring it with me. I could not walk out in nature but recently travelled to Portland where I found I was walking on uneven ground with my balance and confidence steadily improving,

I am using heavier weights for all my exercises, riding the bike each week a little further, and the strength in my knees has improved even to the point I have now begun walking down steps, something I could not do previously. The pain in both my knees has decreased.

The core exercises have also improved a problem I have had with incontinence. With all these changes I am happier, more positive and confident again in dealing with life; I am swimming regularly, and have even tackled the problem of my obesity. I feel more confident about a positive outcome of my second knee replacement. I have no return of my heart problems and my sugar and cholesterol levels have decreased.

I cannot speak too highly of the program and the individual professional support, challenges and encouragement I have received from the staff. I certainly would like to see your continued financial support for this program and its expansion.

Yours sincerely, 



Response from Sue Gray, District Services NUM, Kerang District Health

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Dear rainnj56,

Thank you so much for your feedback.

Your improvements since August clearly demonstrate that the "Wellness and Reablement" approach taken by our Social Support Staff is having significant benefits in your improve functioning, independence and quality of life.

Your commitment to our program is admirable.

I am very pleased to hear that you were able to travel to Portland and enjoy your time away with confidence.
We look forward to continuing to work with you for your second knee replacement.

I will forward your comments to our wonderful Exercise Staff and to Kerang District Health Board of Management

Sue Gray

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Response from Melissa Hunter, Glenarm Nursing Unit Manager, Glenarm Nursing Home, Kerang District Health

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Dear rainnj56,

Congratulation on the wonderful progress you have made since having your knee replacement surgery in early January 2018 with the assistance of KDH's strength based program. Thank you for taking the time to provide positive feedback about your experience and journey at Kerang District Health.

Kind Regards Melissa

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