Patients Age: 85
Admission Date: 6/3/2018
Admitted From: Boca Regional Hospital
Discharge Date: 7/16/2018
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 44 Days
Reason of Stay: Fractured Hip, Right Left Open Reduction Internal Fixation
How did this patient hear about The Encore: Boca Regional Hospital

Mr. Gordon Dern was admitted to The Encore from Boca Regional Hospital where he had been in a state of complete living dependence and came to The Encore to learn how to live independently again. When Mr. Dern arrived, he was completely dependent and was in a lot of pain. On Mr. Dern’s first day, his therapists, Grace Montague and Edline Morin, treated him immediately for pain.

Mr. Dern was unable to do anything on his own. He was on oxygen and required assistance with lifting his foot. He was able to stand but could not take any steps. He was only able to tolerate approximately 20 minutes of therapy at a time and he would often complain that he was in pain. At this point, Mr. Dern was concerned that he may never be able to walk again or go home. Mr. Dern, however, was committed to doing everything he could to get better.
With time, Mr. Dern was able to tolerate extended therapy sessions. He would go to therapy every day and personally challenge himself alongside his therapists. Mr. Dern shared, “The therapists were excellent. I have no complaints about the treatment. They went beyond the call of duty.” Through his progression, his mood subsequently improved, becoming increasingly more hopeful in the rehabilitation process.

A week later, Mr. Dern’s pain began to decrease, and he was able to tolerate standing while taking a few steps with a walker. His activity tolerance and endurance began to increase, allowing him to participate in self-care tasks, including self-dressing without pain. With a little more time, Mr. Dern started ambulating with contact guard assist with a walker and was walking approximately 50 feet. In the same week, Mr. Dern progressed to standby assist, ambulating approximately 75 feet and very shortly after he was under basic supervision with a walker.

By the time Mr. Dern was ready for discharge, he was ambulating with a rolling walker with supervision from his aide and was up to 150 feet. Mr. Dern was discharged on August 17th, 2018, to his home in Delray Beach and was thrilled with his progress. He had reached out to Michael Rubin, director of concierge services and shared, “Only after a month later I’m in excellent shape. A physical therapist came to my house and was amazed by my condition. Everything about my hip is basically perfect. I’m in good shape. In fact, I went to a surgeon a few weeks ago and he as in awe about the condition I was in after such a short time of rehab.”

We wish the best to Mr. Dern as he is working towards a point with the least restrictive device.