Patients Age: 74
Admission Date: 10/8/16
Admitted From: Mercy Medical Center
Discharge Date: 11/23/16
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 46 Days
Reason for Stay: Abnormalities of gait and mobility, muscle weakness secondary to metastatic bladder CA to bone, liver, lungs, and adrenal glands.
How did this patient hear about the Grand Pavilion? Social work department at Mercy Medical Center

Details of Experience:

Mr. Shimanoff is a 74 year old genuine male patient who is an avid chess player, and holds firm interest in computer studies. He enjoys speaking with the residents about their “story” and finding out what they itched for in life. He always lights up the room through fun humor and tries to make light of any situation with a very unique sense of pride. Prior to admission, Mr. Shimanoff was residing at home with his wife and was unable to ambulate due to gait disturbances and weakness, resulting in several additional health complications.

Mr. Shimanoff was admitted into our community from Mercy Medical Center with a primary diagnosis of muscle weakness related to bladder CA which had spread to his bone, liver, lungs, and adrenal glands. He underwent a single dose of palliative radiation to his right hip due to an acetabular lytic lesion and planned to continue treatment after he gained enough of his strength back. Mr. Shimanoff also suffers from anxiety and depression and is still learning the best ways to cope with his illness.

Over the course of Mr. Shimanoff’s stay, he has received intensive physical and occupational therapy to maximize independence, increase his strength and improve his balance. His mindset has slowly changed as well and he is pushing himself more and more each day. He stated, “In such a dark time in my life I met people that I will never forget and they were the light that helped me through.” When asked what he felt about his stay here at The Grand Pavilion he had nothing but positive feedback and was encouraging specific people rewards. He even went so far as to say, “I would adopt some of the individuals here as my own.”

Mr. Shimanoff has come a very long way emotionally as well as physically while residing within our community. He has displayed great improvements and is looking forward to continuing his chemotherapy and radiation once he is back at home. The combination of the encouraging therapist, superb recreation team and nursing has nurtured him back to his previous level of functioning and he is beyond thankful. Mr. Shimanoff has had quite the journey; however, he found the strength to pick himself up and overcome his negative thoughts and reach for what he really wanted. At The Grand Pavilion we look forward to seeing our residents smiling because of their accomplishments and because they have gained some level of their independence back. Mr. Shimanoff will be missed and we are overjoyed to have helped guide him in such a touching journey he’s had to endure. We would like to wish him the best of luck and we are so honored to have him here as a part of our family.