Lea Rocco praises ‘awesome’ Trillium Villa convalescent program and staff

Resident’s hard work in the program is helping her return home after hospital stay
5/15/2017  - Deron Hamel
Pictured above is the current group of people in Trillium Villa’s convalescent care program.  

Thanks to her determination and guidance from Trillium Villa’s convalescent care team, Alietta “Lea” Rocco is in the process of making the transition from hospital back to her home in the coming weeks.

Lea, who came to the Sarnia long-term care home’s convalescent care program after a stay at Bluewater Health following hip surgery in March, has been one of the program’s shining stars, says life enrichment aide Shannon Barnwell.

Working with Shannon and physiotherapy assistant April Koppes, Lea progressed from using a standard walker to a rollator walker to walking with the help of the program’s team members. Shannon says Lea “has been doing great so far.”

“I’ve noticed over time that she is able to walk for longer periods with less pain and more independence,” Shannon says.

“I’ve worked with her on the leg pedals and doing meal prep, and April does stairs and parallel bars with Lea and others in the program. Lea has been doing very well with all of her therapy.”
The meal-prep component of the convalescent care program is designed to help ensure people can cook for themselves once they return home. Shannon organizes a day where people in the program can create a meal of their choice.

Lea, who was born in Italy, recently prepared an Italian favourite, spaghetti Bolognese, which everyone involved with the program enjoyed.

Lea says she has enjoyed her time in the convalescent care program. She is applauding the benefit it brings to people.

“I think it’s awesome,” Lea says of the program. “The girls here are just marvellous – you can’t ask for better care. They’re very caring and very attentive; they’re just wonderful.”

And what is Lea looking forward to most when she returns home?

“Cooking a nice meal and sleeping in my own bed,” she says.

Trillium Villa’s convalescent program was launched in August 2012 through funding by the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The program can accommodate up to 10 people at a time.

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