Case Study: Jupiter Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (January 2020)

Patient’s Age: 89-years-old
Date of Admission: 11/15/2019
Admitted From: La Posada
Discharge Date: 12/31/2019
Discharge To: St. Joseph’s Atria Assisted Living Facility
Length of stay: 45 days
Reason for stay: Hip Fracture.
How did this patient hear about Jupiter Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center? Her daughter discovered Jupiter through an online search.

Details of experience:
Chieko’s story begins all the way back in May of 2019. Chieko suffered her first stroke in May 2019 and it took a lot out of her. Before her stroke, her right side was already compromised and she had a hard time using her right arm. After her stroke, it made her right side even worse and she wasn’t able to move anything on her right side. After her stroke, she was in the hospital doing very well, recovering and was beginning to have the ability to use her right side. After she was discharged home she experienced her first fall in July, 2 months after her stroke. She fell and fractured her shoulder on her right side. She experienced her second fall in September, fracturing her right hip.

After her second fall her doctor, Dr. Nobel, said that she was no longer weight bearing because of her memory and balance and he didn’t want her to further compromise her hip.

When Chieko was released from the hospital she was transferred to a local skilled rehab center. While she was there she declined rapidly, she wasn’t doing well and she was depressed because she was not making any progress. She had lost all her hope that she wasn’t going to get better. Her husband and her daughter had to make the tough decision to place her in hospice care. Where she was currently at, they didn’t specialize in hospice care and only gave her family five days’ notice that she would have to transfer to another community. Her daughter Patricia, was frantically looking for a new community to move her mom too. Through her research, many of the nearest providers were still very far away and somewhat unmanageable to reach for her family. She then called our community and spoke to Dianna, our admissions director, and explained to her the situation. Dianna said that we would be able to help her and that we could enroll Chieko in skilled therapy and that it would help her. Patricia was so relieved that she found us and that our community was down the street from her parents ALF, St. Joseph Atria. She shared that it was a miracle and it was an act from God that she found us.

Chieko arrived at our community on November 16, 2019, on hospice care, she was given a 25 percent chance of survival. When therapy evaluated her she was toe-touch weight-bearing, she needed max assistance for all her activities of daily living and mobility. Her husband Bob came every single day, he encouraged her in therapy and kept her company until after dinner, when his daughter Patricia would come and stay with her until she went to bed. Her family was here every single day, rain or shine, encouraging her and celebrating every milestone. During her stay she celebrated 65 years of marriage with her husband when we found out, our concierge Samantha went out and got them flowers, a balloon, a card that the staff signed and a tiramisu to share. Chieko was so excited and moved by the kind gesture that she couldn’t sleep! She was on skilled therapy for approximately 7 weeks and improved drastically in all aspects where she was able to perform all activities of daily living and mobility at the contact guard level.

Since she has left our community and was able to return to her assisted living community with her husband Bob, Chieko has been thriving and about a week ago she went to see Dr. Nobel and he said that she can now use her walker to help her walk. Her daughter said, “your staff gave my mom hope again.” Team Jupiter is so beyond thrilled that Chieko has been doing so well and that we were able to be a part of her journey to help her get to where she is health-wise! We wish her all the best!