Patients Age: 58-years-old
Admission Date: 09/20/2018
Admitted From: Delray Medical Center
Discharge Date: 10/17/2018
Discharged To: Home
Length Of Stay: 28 Days
Reason For Stay: Quadriparesis
How did this patient hear about The Encore: Patient’s sister, internet search.

Details of experience:

Mr. John Giragos was admitted to The Encore from Delray Medical Center with a diagnosis of Quadriparesis (weakness in arms and legs). Upon arrival, he was greeted by the Assistant Administrator, the Director of Admissions, and the Director of Concierge Services to assure Mr. Giragos excellent customer service and comfort. Mr. Giragos was quite concerned as he had never needed skilled care and rehabilitation before. He shared, “I was afraid and uncertain,” with the team at The Encore.

The next day, Mr. Giragos was evaluated by his therapists. He was extremely frustrated to be in this situation. He was determined to get back to running his restaurant (John G’s) in Manalapan. He was extremely motivated and determined to do what he had to do to get his health back!
Mr. Giragos required minimal assistance for bed mobility and transfers, and he was only able to ambulate 60 feet with a walker. He also required max assist for dressing and showering. Despite having great determination and motivation, Mr. Giragos did experience periods of self-doubt and uneasiness during the early stages of his healing journey. Who wouldn’t in his situation? The team here at The Encore provided consistent support and guidance, reassuring him that the small victories would eventually make it all worthwhile!

The therapists decided to work with Mr. Giragos in the ADL suite (an area simulated as a home with a kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom) to familiarize him with the environment of being back home. As a restaurant owner, the kitchen would be a sanctuary for him and an area that he would be spending a great deal of his time. His goal was to work on his fine motor skills and crafting through use of his hands.

Within just a short time, Mr. Giragos was able to chop vegetables as he had prior to his hospitalization. His successes were a breakthrough as Mr. Giragos began to have greater amounts of hope and inspiration; he even made a signature turkey sandwich of his! With the support of the litegait, he began to increase his walking distances and his mobility subsequently improved.

Mr. Giragos was discharged from The Encore on October 17th. He was very grateful when he left as he was able to work, walk, and live again. He shared with the Director of Concierge Services, “I was happy here, it’s a good place. I would recommend you guys in a heartbeat. The nurses were helpful, the therapy was the best! Everything went perfectly. My prayers were answered – I am walking!”

We wish John the very best with only happiness and health! He shared with the Director of Concierge Services that he plans on stopping by soon to see everyone. We look forward to seeing him!