Following five months of hospitalization for multiple co-morbidities that resulted in acute respiratory distress, Wanda Bullig arrived at Signature HealthCARE of North Florida for physical rehabilitation. 

She came to us with a medically complex history including respiratory failure, congestive heart failure, and complications from a mitral valve replacement, but was resolved not to let it hold her back!   

She had been on a ventilator for five months and was unable to eat anything by mouth.  Initially found to have muscle weakness and an inability to walk or sit in a chair for even limited durations, Wanda was determined to overcome her many obstacles to successfully discharge home.

For 92 days Ms. Bullig received physical, occupational, and speech therapies at SHCNF as part of her rehabilitation.  Speech therapy worked on correct breathing strategies, verbal communications, and energy conservation.

Speech therapy also addressed dysphagia, swallow difficulty, and Wanda was able to eat a regular diet upon her transition to home.

Occupational therapy worked on finding independence with Activities of Daily Living, using adaptive equipment and upper body strengthening.

Physical therapy targeted lower extremity strengthening, regaining the ability to stand and walk, and maintenance of balance during functional tasks so she could be safe in her home environment.  Upon discharge, Ms. Bullig was considered a functional community ambulator and was independent with all of her self-care.

Signature’s skilled nurses provided daily trach care, vital and O2 monitoring, and medicine distribution.  She was followed by a physician and skilled nurse practitioner to address any needs that she may have had while staying at Signature HealthCARE of North Florida.  Certified nursing assistants provided daily basic care, motivation, and encouragement to help reduce her anxiety associated with her recovery.

Ms. Wanda Bullig is an inspiration to many and we are so proud of how far she has come.  Congratulations to Ms. Bullig on her successful Physical Rehabilitation.  Oh, what a journey it has been!