Earl “Mac” McArthur, 76, had rotator cuff surgery on March 11 this year. He never imagined how everything would shut down five days later because of COVID-19.
Fortunately, he chose to do rehabilitation therapy for his shoulder at Good Samaritan Society – St. Martin Village, which has remained open during the pandemic.
Mac based his decision on several criteria, including the experience of the team at St. Martin Village, the location close to his home, its cleanliness and the extra safety measures in place due to COVID-19.
“They were right there ready to go,” says Mac. “It worked out well.”
Because of the coronavirus, patients can’t bring a family member with them to therapy sessions. They are also screened each time they enter the building and are required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.
Slow and steady healing
After making his decision, Mac started 14 weeks of occupational therapy three days a week with Michaela McCaskell, an occupational therapist at St. Martin Village.
Michaela says when a person does rehab, they need to worry about quality over quantity and be prepared to practice patience.