Case Study: Jupiter Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (November 2019)

Age: 72-years-old
Date of Admission: 09/11/19
Admitted From: VA
Discharge Date: 11/12/19
Discharge To: Home
Length of stay: 60 days
Reason for stay: Weakness in legs, was not able to walk or stand.
How did this patient hear about Jupiter Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center? The patient and his wife researched rehabs covered by their insurance and they admired all the reviews they read about our community. The VA also recommended us.

Details of experience:
Gregg’s story begins the day after his 72nd birthday. He was spending his day relaxing at home in his favorite reclining chair watching TV. He got up to use the restroom, and as he was walking his right leg just stopped moving. He panicked and called his wife Patti over to help him to sit down. As the week went by, he just kept getting worse. He went to the VA and they couldn’t find a cause and sent him home. It came to the point that he was no longer able to walk and was confined to bed. He returned to the VA and they performed additional tests, but the results were inconclusive. The doctors weren’t sure what was causing this issue. The neurologist thought it could be a pinched nerve in the spine or spinal neuropathy. The doctors at the VA thought it was a bad reaction due to chemotherapy. In April of this year, he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He was a smoker when he was younger, but the VA indicated it was due to agent orange, used during the Vietnam War, where he served during his time in the Army.

Gregg arrived at Jupiter Rehab on September 11, 2019, from the VA. When he arrived, he was not able to stand or walk on his own. When therapy first assessed him, he required maximum assistance for all of his activities of daily living, such as getting in and out of bed, standing from a wheelchair and walking. Gregg worked hard every single day in therapy that he was named Patient of the Week! After two long months of hard work and dedication to physical and occupational therapy, he progressed to walking 15-20 feet with a rolling walker, and was able to get in and out of bed with minimal assistance and stand up from a wheelchair with minimal to no assistance.

On November 12, 2019, Gregg was discharged home with his wife Patti. It was bittersweet, but it was such a wonderful experience seeing how far he had come from when he first arrived. Seeing all his hard work and determination pay-off and how proud he was of his accomplishments was the best feeling. “I am very pleased with the therapy I received here. The therapy staff is great and very good at their jobs. I enjoyed my stay, the food, and the staff.” Team Jupiter wishes Gregg all the best!