Concierge: Dominic DiLietto and Nathan Viechweg
Patient age: 82
Admission Date: September 16th, 2022
Admitted From: Lennox Hill Hospital
Discharge Date: 12/22/22
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 98 Days
How did this patient hear about The Paramount: Recommended by the hospital social worker
Reason for stay: Rehabilitation following heart surgery
Details of Experience:
Just a few days after being admitted to Lenox Hill hospital due to shortness of breath and overall weakness, it was clear that Dan was having Cardiac issues, and an operation would be necessary to correct those issues. Two days after his admission to the hospital, Daniel was scheduled for surgery. Following the operation to fix a leak in his mechanical mitral valve, a fixture that had been put into place over thirty years ago, Dan started to work to get back on his feet and back to his 100% self. Still, he would require rehabilitation to attain that level.
Just over three months ago, Mr. Daniel Pironti arrived at our community from the hospital after undergoing surgery. When Mr. Pironti came into The Paramount, he had felt even weaker than when he had first gone to the hospital, understandably, because of the heart surgery. Mr. Pironti had experienced slight dizziness when he would stand up. His struggle with his shortness of breath, along with the ‘dizziness and headrushes’ he would experience, created a very tough task of progressing with occupational and physical therapy. Mr. Pironti was a maximum assist for both walking and transporting at that time while also needing the aid of oxygen.
Fast forward a week, and the patient began regaining strength. Mr. Pironti no longer felt dizzy when standing/walking. The effort he had put into strengthening his body by participating and therapy and keeping up with his diet to have the energy was really starting to become evident. With the help of his therapists, Myra and Katie, Mr. Pironti had progressed from only being able to walk only about 10 feet without rest to 20 to 30 feet at a time in the span of one month at The Paramount.
Throughout his stay here, Dan celebrated many occasions with us. He joined the other veterans in our community on Veteran’s Day to celebrate his service and the sacrifices he had made while in the Navy. Mr. Pironti also celebrated his birthday here with his wife and daughter. His wife, Nancy, came to visit regularly and Danielle, his daughter, a medical professional herself, came every Saturday to spend a day with her father.
Through his stay here, everyone working on the unit could see his progress. Soon enough, he was moving around the unit alone, talking with other veterans he had gotten to know. He would also move right in front of his television to get a better look at his Cleveland Browns each Sunday.
Just after three months, Mr. Pironti was ready to head back home, using what he had learned in physical and occupational therapy with us, just in time to be home for the holidays as well. Mr. Pironti left our facility able to go up a flight of stairs with no assistance and no breaks and walked over 100 feet using only his walker. The Paramount wishes Mr. Pironti and his family all the best and will miss his joyful spirit here at The Paramount.