Concierge: Marialcira Hernandez
Patient’s Age: 61 years old
Admission Date: 06/27/2022
Discharge Date: 08/24/2022
Discharged to: Home
Reason for stay: right knee joint replacement

Details of Experience:

Mrs. Juarez is a 61 years old female who received a right knee joint replacement on June 23rd at Kendall Hospital. After spending some days at the Hospital, and by recommendation of her surgeon, she was referred to a Skilled Nursing Facility. Finally, with the guidance of the Social Worker, she chose Palmetto Subacute Care Center, and she was admitted on June 27th.

Mrs. Juarez arrived at Palmetto with her husband and was received by the Nursing Team, Dietitian, Concierge, and Therapist, who worked together to provide her with quality care and a warm welcome. During the initial evaluation of therapy, the patient presented with decreased strength, decreased functional mobility requiring more assistance during bed mobility, transfers, and gait, poor endurance to activity, decreased static and dynamic balance, and pain. Mrs. Juarez was able to walk 40 feet using a rolling walker with minimum assistance, and she performed most of her ADLs (Activities of daily living) with moderate assistance. Before her surgery, Mrs. Juarez lived in a second-floor apartment with her spouse and daughters. She could ambulate using a cane for household ambulation and a rolling walker for community ambulation. She also required assistance with her ADLs.

Mrs. Juarez and the Team set their goals and quickly got to work with therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular reeducation, gait training therapy, therapeutic activities, wheelchair management training, and self-care management training. She loved to participate in daily activities and special events, and she enjoyed playing bingo and spending time chatting with other patients on the patio.

After some weeks of hard work and commitment, Mrs. Juarez gained strength and had improvements that allowed her to return home with her family. The gait pattern improved to 120 feet using a rolling walker with a stand-by assist, propel wheelchair 150 feet with moderate independence, and most of her ADLs with independence.

Mrs. Juarez was discharged on August 24th with a recommendation for home health services. She was happy and pleased with the care and love she received during her stay. We are very proud of her!!!