Patient’s Age: 63-years-old
Admission Date: 10/21/20
Admitted From: St. Joseph Hospital
Discharge Date: 12/29/20
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 10 weeks
Reason for Stay: Resident was struck by a truck while in his electrical wheelchair.
How did this patient hear about The Bristol: The resident was referred by St. Joseph Hospital Case Manager.


Details of experience
Mr. P. Hernandez was admitted to The Bristol at Tampa Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from an inpatient hospitalization at St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa, FL. Before being admitted to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment, Mr. Hernandez was sitting in his electric wheelchair at a crosswalk when he was suddenly struck by a slow-moving automobile, striking his left leg and toppling his wheelchair. The motor vehicle accident caused Mr. Hernandez to have several radiologic examinations and laboratory visits and was in excruciating pain at his lower left extremity due to the motor vehicle accident.

Upon further review of Mr. Hernandez’s left femur fracture and left tibia fracture, the medical staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital determined continued physical therapy would be necessary, and that Mr. Hernandez would benefit from intensive multidisciplinary therapy. Additional therapy was required for safe bed mobility, transfers, ambulation, and activities of daily living (ADL’s). Mr. Pedro, his family, and the case manager agreed The Bristol at Tampa would be the best place for rehabilitation.

Mr. Hernandez was warmly greeted by the professional team members of The Bristol At Tampa who anticipated his arrival. Within his first 24 hours, he was greeted by clinicians, therapists, physicians, administrative staff, and many other valued team members in the community. Mr. Pedro was also greeted by our Director of Concierge services and was presented with a branded welcome gift bag. Pleased with the customer service provided by the team members of The Bristol, Mr. Hernandez was ready to begin treatment, so he could return home with his family as soon as possible. Physical therapist, George, and Occupational Therapist, Melody, immediately evaluated our resident Mr. Hernandez and put a plan of treatment in place.

During weeks one to three, Mr. Hernandez quickly began working with Occupational Therapist, Melody, on ADL’S including self-feeding, hygiene, dressing, and grooming. During a routine patient experience follow-up, Mr. Hernandez stated to our Director of Concierge Services, “My experience at The Bristol has been a pleasant one thus far. The therapy team here is amazing and very helpful. Melody, the physical therapist helped me to sit up in my wheelchair to comb my hair and brush my teeth. The occupational therapist, Jorge, and I have a great connection, I feel like he is my friend. He is very helpful and patient when we are working together. He is compassionate and encourages me to keep going when I feel like quitting. The staff overall are wonderful, and the food is delicious. I enjoy the food here, especially the coffee and dessert. The team is very supportive and a good part of the reason I can go home to be with my family.”

During weeks three to six, Mr. Hernandez continued therapy with much progress and worked hard every day on strength-building in efforts of supporting his lower left extremities. Mr. Hernandez safely performed bed mobility tasks with the moderate assistance of side rails to get in and out of bed. He safely performed functional transfers with supervised assistance for maintaining weight-bearing precautions to increase independence and decrease levels of assistance from caregivers so he can return to his prior level of functional abilities.

During weeks six through ten, Mr. Hernandez’s desire to go home with his family grew stronger and he demonstrated that with his performances and functional abilities. He was now able to complete sit-to-stand transfers with minimal assistance. He became more independent every day. Within the last two weeks of rehabilitation, Mr. Hernandez looked forward to completing his discharge process with the team and patiently waited to be cleared by his physician, therapist, and social worker. He received his discharge date of December 29th, 2020.

The Bristol At Tampa Rehabilitation & Nursing Center would like to wish Mr. P. Hernandez nothing but the best and a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!!