Case Study: Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (Q3 2022)

Concierge Name: Daniel Wolf
Patient Name: Anna Gargiulo
Patient Age: 63
Admission Date: 08/04/22
Admission From: St. John’s Riverside Hospital
Discharge Date: TBD
Discharge To: Home
Length of Stay: TBD
Reason For Stay: Right Below Knee Amputation
How Did This Patient Hear About Sans Souci? Her Surgeon Recommended It


Details of Experience:

Anna Gargiulo arrived at Sans Souci Nursing Home and Rehab Center on August 4th after a stressful stay in the Hospital. Anna came from St. John’s Riverside Hospital after receiving a right below-knee amputation (BKA). After the amputation, her surgeon recommended Sans Souci as an excellent place to receive therapy and build strength. She was also visited by Dennis Oehler, a three-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and an integral part of the Sans Souci team. When asked for the main reason she chose Sans Souci, Anna smiled and pointed to Dennis. “He was really the reason I chose Sans Souci; he was very relatable and clearly explained how Sans Souci could help,” she shared. After discussing it with her surgeon and Dennis, she arrived at Sans Souci more motivated than ever and confident in her upcoming journey.

When Anna first came into Sans Souci, she wasn’t too happy with how long it would take to achieve success. This all changed when she met Omar Garcia, one of Sans Souci’s amazing recreational therapists. When talking about the beginning of her stay, all Anna can talk about is Omar, “Omar really has the patience of an angel. You see him walk around, and he never changes, he constantly displays his amazing character with every person he talks to,” she said. As she got closer to Omar, she decided to give the rest of the staff the benefit of the doubt, just like she had with Omar. She quickly became a part of the Sans Souci family, advocating for other residents and hanging out with the staff. Her confidence in herself rubbed off on many residents, and she constantly encouraged other residents to push themselves.

Anna couldn’t wait to do therapy; it quickly became her favorite part of her stay. She pushed herself daily to do the most she could, and it became noticeable. After only a few short weeks in therapy, Anna was already crushing the goals that she and the therapy team had decided on. She had progressed from needing assistance to completely being able to perform bed mobility tasks on her own. She was also able to walk 20 feet with only moderate assistance, a big jump from the 10 feet with maximum assistance she was originally able to do. When Anna first came in, the therapy team decided that practicing stairs would have to wait until Anna built up some more strength. Three weeks later, she can do five steps with only moderate assistance. Therapy quickly became Anna’s favorite thing, and the therapists quickly became her favorite people. “Eric is so patient and diligent in his work, he also has a great bedside manner, I definitely don’t think I would’ve come this far without him,” she elaborated.

The awareness and focus Anna brought into each day and the motivation you could clearly see on her face were an inspiration to the whole Sans Souci family. Anna is unsure when she will be discharged, but every day she gets closer. Since day one, she has had her eyes on the prize and her mind on only one goal: to be better than the day before. Anna was very close to her therapists, Eric and Chet. “Chet and I had different views in the beginning about my therapy, but as time passed and he displayed confidence in what he was saying, we slowly started to meet in the middle,” Anna said. “His constant encouragement and motivation really fueled me, and he was flexible enough to make me feel comfortable about my therapy.” There is no doubt that Anna will carry the same mindset she had here when she goes home and continue to improve every day.

The Sans Souci family will definitely feel a little incomplete when Anna goes home, but we wish her all the best, and we will always be here for anything she may need.

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Case Study: Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (Q2 2022)

Concierge Name: Daniel Wolf
Patient Age: 53
Admission Date: 04/07/22
Admission From: St. John’s Riverside Hospital
Discharge Date: 06/29/22
Discharge To: Home
Length of Stay: 82 days
Reason For Stay: Left below knee amputation
How Did This Patient Hear About Sans Souci? Our amazing marketer


Details of Experience:

Eric Martin arrived at Sans Souci on April 7, 2022, after a tumultuous hospitalization at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. Eric was diagnosed with gangrene in four of his five toes. Mr. Martin was then given a choice to try and fight the gangrene, even though he couldn’t really move and didn’t feel well, or have his leg amputated. Eric made his decision, and after an extensive five surgeries, to have his leg amputated. Although amputating a leg is a life-changing event, Eric felt renewed energy after the surgery. Now, with the surgeries behind him, he could focus on his next steps. After discussing it with his family, he determined that Sans Souci would be that next step.

During the first few days of his stay, Eric’s excitement about his next steps started to lessen. Eric tried to keep his expectations low, expecting his recovery to span five to six months. Eric was greeted by multiple therapists, administration staff, and a few CNAs that Eric really bonded with during his stay. “Jennifer, the recreational therapy director, really cheered me up as well as the amazing CNAs, Bridgette, and Marcelo.” Along with the amazing therapy team, Eric set some manageable goals to accomplish during his stay. These goals included standing while being supported for 30-60 seconds, doing sit-to-stand transfers with moderate assistance, and being able to propel himself 30 feet in a wheelchair with moderate assistance. He was slightly discouraged when he saw he wouldn’t be able to do too many exercises without being able to stand. Looking back, he now credits those “small exercises” that he did with his therapists with what helped him transition so seamlessly into doing therapy with a prosthetic. After three weeks, Eric had crushed his first goals and was already updating them to keep pushing himself. He could already stand supported for 60 seconds, propel himself in the wheelchair 40 feet with minimal assistance, and ultimately transfer from sitting to standing and back again. Therapy started off difficult, but it quickly became Eric’s favorite part of his day. “The therapists were always so encouraging without ever pushing me to do anything I didn’t want to do. Christine, one of my therapists, was amazing at coming up with exercises for me to do whenever I was discouraged,” Eric shared. “Omar, one of the recreational therapists, also really kept me on my toes. There were some mornings I would tell him I didn’t want to do anything, and he would just say, ‘well, let me give you something fun to do while you’re doing nothing”.

Eric Martin will be discharged home from Sans Souci on June 29. A stay that he thought would last about half of a year turned out to be less than three months. Eric walked right out the front door, only a week after his friend and former Sans Souci resident, John, walked out himself. Although a nursing home was never a position Eric thought he’d find himself in, he’s happy to have gone through this and made some lifelong friends. One such friend is Jared, the CNA he credits with always ensuring he was taken care of. “Jared was a huge help, always paying attention to my needs, and always timely with a response, Eric said. You can really tell when he’s not here”. We at Sans Souci are so happy for Eric and proud of the work he’s put in. He’s extremely excited to go home, and his wife and kids are ecstatic to bring him home. Eric has already started researching places he can go for therapy from home.

Along with the memories and tools Eric acquired here, Sans Souci wishes Eric all the best in his future endeavors.

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Case Study: Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (Q1 2022)

Concierge Name: Daniel Wolf
Resident Name: David Patteson
Resident Age: 53
Admission Date: 09/23/21
Admitted From: Montefiore Hospital
Discharge Date: Impending
Discharged To: Impending
Length of Stay: Impending
Reason for Stay: Severe Pneumonia
How did the resident hear about Sans Souci? The patient’s physician in the hospital referred the patient


Details of Experience:

When David Patterson acquired pneumonia in September of 2021, it was time for the teacher to become the student. After teaching and connecting with his students for years, it was time for Mr. Patterson to learn a few things himself, as his students affectionately call him. He spent some time in Montefiore Hospital, which included changing rooms often. All the movement and being unaware of what would happen during the transition caused David to be anxious and confused. That all changed when David arrived at Sans Souci.

On arrival, David had low expectations. From day one, Bridgette, one of the amazing certified nursing aides at Sans Souci, saw that David needed some extra TLC. Bridgette proceeded to cheer him up and anticipate his every concern, creating a close bond between the two of them. “What I liked about her was that I could see she was aware of my needs and knew how to guide me to do things for myself. She was very attentive and anticipated my needs like a mother hen.” David shared. With some support from Bridgette, the first-day jitters were gone, and David was ready for therapy.

The therapy team set some short-term goals, including transferring from the bed to the wheelchair, using the bathroom by himself, and performing lower body dressings. Although Mr. Patterson knew how to motivate others, it was a struggle to give his all to the therapy team in those first few days. Chatrun, his favorite therapist, had a lot to say about David. “He always pushed himself in the gym, he was always happy to take advice from any of the therapists to improve. He’s an all-around great guy, super-nice, and always trying to help others”. This strong bond kept David motivated and ready to improve every time he stepped into the gym.

Within three weeks, David had already progressed from minimal assistance to set up assistance for going to the bathroom and doing his lower body dressings. He also improved to standing with assistance for transferring from the bed to the wheelchair. After blazing through his short-term goals, David sat down with the therapy team to begin work on his long-term goals. His long-term goals included improving his bed mobility without the help of the side rails, being able to walk two hundred feet with an adaptive device, and increasing his balance for all his daily activities. Building on his momentum from his short-term goals and with some encouragement from Chatrun, David pushed himself even more to complete his long-term goals.

When Mr. Patterson was discharged from therapy, he had accomplished all his goals. He went from needing contact guard assistance and 25% verbal cues to being completely independent in terms of his bed mobility. He also progressed from only being able to walk fifteen feet with some assistance to being able to walk an unlimited distance with an adaptive device. Next, he improved his balance from poor+ to good. David credits the Recreational Therapy Director, Jennifer, with providing much of the psycho-social motivation he needed. “I’ve always loved to sing, and as soon as Jen found out, she wouldn’t take no for an answer, always encouraging me to perform for the other residents. Even though I wasn’t breathing too well at the time, I decided to give it a shot. The next thing you know, I had sung the whole song, and everyone loved it. She really pushed me to get out of my own way. Jennifer reminded me that you never know what you’re capable of.” David said.

When facing some of life’s challenges, David shared it can be difficult to keep a positive mindset. When asked how he was able to stay positive, Dave points to Daniel, the Concierge. “As someone who has worked with people his whole life, I was very impressed with how engaging he was. From person to person, room to room, smiles follow wherever he goes. It was nice to see a staff member have a mindset of ‘these are my people, and they need me.'” With the help of a few key staff members in Sans Souci, David was able to help himself and inspire other residents. In February of 2022, he brought in a friend to help him lead an art class in honor of Black History Month. David originally came to Sans Souci out of necessity, but he became a member of the Sans Souci family. The Team at Sans Souci knows firsthand how much of a positive impact. Mr. Patterson can have on a person, and the team is grateful for being a part of his healthcare journey.

The team wishes Mr. Patterson all the best.

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Case Study: Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (June 2021)

Concierge: Benzion Orgel
Patient’s Name: Newman Dawn
Admission Date: 5/4/21
Admitted From: Westchester Hospital
Discharge Date: 5/14/21
Length of Stay: 10 days
Reason for Stay: Rehab and recovery for amputated toe
How did the patient hear about Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center? Hospital Referral


Details of Experience:
Ms. Newman arrived at beautiful Sans Souci on May 4, 2021. Upon arrival, the patient was very eager and expressed her wish to go home. Our dedicated concierge was one of the first to pay a visit to her room and sat and listened to the concerns of our new patient. Our concierge was caring and compassionate and comforted Ms. Newman making her comfortable like she was at home. 

Our dedicated rehab team saw the patient and together created an achievable goal. Ms. Newman had also shared that the entranceway to her apartment had four steps, and to get back to normal life after rehab, she needed to climb at least four steps to come and go freely and easily.

Upon admission, the patient was unable to ambulate on a level surface more than 5 feet, to perform functional transfers on her own and balance on her own without pain, to perform bed mobility, meaning sitting up or getting in or out of bed by herself safely due to weakness and unsteadiness on feet.  The agreed-upon goals included: to be able to climb a minimum of four steps, to perform toileting tasks using a commode for safety, to perform safely and efficiently dressing with the use of a dressing stick and a sock aid stick, to perform functional transfers with minimum assistance, and safely ambulate on a level surface 175 feet.

The following morning, Ms. Newman was up and ready and patiently awaiting the arrival of our dedicated rehab team with no time to waste. Ms. Newman showed real passion and eagerness. On day three,  Ms. Newman was getting a bit impatient and once again expressed her willingness to go home. Our team sat with the patient and explained to her that it might seem to her that she is ready to be discharged, although in reality, she just needs a little more rehab, and she would be on her way. With the bond and trust that they developed, Ms. Newman kept going and progressing towards her discharge date.

On May 14th, Ms. Newman was discharged home to her own house and was delighted to climb those steps in front of her house by herself. Upon discharge, Ms. Newman was able to climb four steps easily, to safely perform toileting tasks using toilet seat commode for better assistance, to perform safely and efficiently dressing with the use of a dressing stick and a sock aid stick, to perform functional transfers with minimum assistance and safely ambulate on level surface 200 feet walker, 25 additional feet from her initial goal!

Congratulations, Ms. Newman!

 

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Case Study: Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (May 2021)

Concierge: Benzion Orgel
Patient’s Name: Dorothy May
Admission Date: 5/4/21
Admitted From: Westchester Hospital
Discharge Date: 5/21/21
Length of Stay: 17 days
Reason for Stay: Rehab for increasing swelling on legs, which led to impaired balance and difficulty with functional mobility.
How did the patient hear about Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center? The patient chose Sans Souci on her own because she liked what she heard about Sans Souci.


Details of Experience:
Ms. Dorothy was admitted to beautiful Sans Souci on May 4, 2021, with a diagnosis of increasing swelling of the lower extremities, which led to Ms. Dorothy’s difficulty with normal mobility and function. Right from the start, Ms. Dorothy was committed, excited, and eager to start physical therapy…right away. The following morning, Ms. Dorothy was visited by our amazing Rehab Team, who evaluated Ms. Dorothy and together planned long-term goals for the patient to achieve.  With no time to waste the following morning, May 5, Ms. Dorothy started on her beautiful rehabilitation journey.  

Upon admission, the patient was unable to perform basic things like brushing her teeth; she was unable to ambulate on more than 10 feet and with maximum assistance.  Ms. Dorothy could not stand and balance on her own for a while and perform bed mobility, meaning sitting up or getting in or out of bed by herself safely due to weakness and unsteadiness. 

Ms. Dorothy’s goals were to complete, by herself, hygiene and grooming tasks while standing in front of the mirror, with modified independence for safety awareness, and to be able to safely perform toileting tasks using a raised toilet seat commode for better assistance. Ms. Dorothy would be able to perform safely and efficiently dressing with the use of a dressing stick and a sock aid stick and perform functional transfers with zero assistance, and safely ambulate on level surface 125 feet using her roller walker.

As the days passed, Ms. Dorothy showed great strength and eagerness. She progressed and achieved the goals that were set from day one.  The patient’s determination, along with the help of our phenomenal Rehabilitation team, achieved her goals, even before their set dates.

With all the significant progress Ms. Dorothy exhibited, the Rehab Team, together with our devoted Social Workers, determined that it was time to plan for Ms. Dorothy’s discharge date. Together they reevaluated Ms. Dorothy and decided on May 21, 2021 (just 17 days from Ms. Dorothy’s initial admission), the patient would be discharged back home. Ms. Dorothy was very excited to finally see her dog again, which she had missed so much. 

Upon discharge, Ms. Dorothy was able to complete hygiene and grooming tasks while standing in front of the mirror with modified independence for safety awareness, perform toileting tasks using a raised toilet seat commode for better assistance, safely and efficiently dress with the use of a dressing stick and a sock aid stick.  Ms. Dorothy performed functional transfers with zero assistance and safely ambulated on level surface 150 feet using her roller walker (25 additional feet from the initial goal!).

As our team at Sans Souci always does… post-discharge, we followed up with Ms. Dorothy and were pleased to hear that she was doing great and is enjoying her time home with her beautiful dog!

 

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Case Study: Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (April 2021)

Concierge: Benzion Orgel
Patient’s Name: Eileen Ochart
Admission Date: 3/19/20
Admitted From: Westchester Hospital
Discharge Date: 4/10/20
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 32 days
Reason for Stay: Rehab, post-hospital stay for fractured ribs
How did this patient hear about Sans Souci? Social Worker at the hospital.


Details of Experience:
On March 19, 2021, Ms. Eileen Ochart was admitted to beautiful Sans Souci with a diagnosis of spontaneous hemothorax, which is the extraction of fluid in the chest section; as well as fractured ribs on Ms. Ochart’s left side after experiencing a bronchitis episode, which is basically persistent coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

The Sans Souci team welcomed Ms. Ochart and made sure she had a smooth admission process. Ms. Ochart was visited by our wonderful Rehab Team, including our physical therapist and occupational therapist. At that time, they assessed Ms. Ochart and created a plan with long-term goals.

Upon Admission, Ms. Ochart was weak and was continuously coughing and wheezing. She was unable to climb stairs and was hardly able to sit or stand by herself, and only able to walk 100 feet, at best. The patient’s goals were to successfully and independently be able to perform bed mobility tasks, to complete sit to stand transfers including all variety of moving in and out of chair settings, to ambulate 200 feet without using any additional help or assistance, and to ascend and descend stairs with assistance of railing.  Ms. Ochart was determined and self-driven; she was excited to begin immediately. Taking her lead and wasting no time, the Rehab Team began therapy the very next day.

Unfortunately, week two arrived, and Ms. Ochart was tested positive for Covid 19. The news was a setback for Ms. Ochart and the staff at the same time. Being positive meant the Rehab Team only had so much they were able to do together with the patient. It was extremely difficult. To make matters worse, since rehab was somewhat put to a hold, Ms. Ochart’s mobility began to decline from walking 100 feet to only being able to walk 60 feet, much the same with her bed mobility.

Those 14 isolation days were tough but eventually came to an end. With no time to waste, Ms. Ochart, just like when she was first admitted, was determined and driven to continue, and so the Rehab Team and Ms. Ochart did. Ms. Ochart kept progressing, from 50 feet to 75 feet, and she kept climbing and climbing. The Rehab team was very happy with Ms. Ochart’s progress and began talking and planning with Ms. Ochart for her discharge date. Together, they decided on April 19, 2021. In the days leading up to discharge, Ms. Ochart was doing phenomenally. She was able to sit and stand up by herself, walk and even climb stairs by herself. April 19 arrived, and Ms. Ochart was discharged home. 

Upon Discharge, the patient was successfully and independently able to perform bed mobility tasks, complete sit-to-stand transfers, which include getting in and out of chair settings, and independently ambulate unlimited distance without using any additional help or assistance.  Ms. Ochart was successfully and safely able to ascend and descend stairs with the aid of railing up to 15 steps.

As our team at Sans Souci always does post-discharge, we followed up with Ms. Ochart and were pleased to hear that she is doing great and was thankful for her incredible experience with us at Sans Souci!

 

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Case Study: Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (August 2020)

Patient’s Age: 36-years-old
Admission Date: 05/28/20
Admitted From: St. John’s Riverside Hospital
Discharge Date: 08/21/20
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 3 months
Reason for Stay: COVID-19, UTI, polyneuropathy, respiratory failure, muscle weakness, and difficulty walking
How did this patient hear about Sans Souci? Hospital recommendation


Details of Experience:
Mrs. Josefina G. arrived at Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on May 28, 2020 from St. John’s Riverside Hospital. Prior to coming to Sans Souci, Mrs. G. had been diagnosed with COVID-19, UTI, polyneuropathy, respiratory failure, experienced muscle weakness, and difficulty walking. Also, prior to her hospital stay, Mrs. G. was living independently with her family and required no assistive devices. Mrs. G. was referred to Sans Souci to begin receiving PT, OT, and nursing care.

Upon admission, Mrs. G. was greeted by multiple members of the Sans Souci interdisciplinary team. The team welcomed Mrs. G. to our community and conducted evaluations to custom tailor Mrs. G.’s stay. Mrs. G. was non-ambulatory at the time of admission and required a wheelchair.
Mrs. G. began working with our Physical Therapist, Cynthia Antoine, DPT, and Occupational Therapist, Cheryl Matthews, OTR/L, to regain functional independence.

Josefina was nervous at the beginning of her stay that she would never fully recover and be able to walk and stand again. The Sans Souci interdisciplinary team worked to motivate Josefina that she had the capability to return to her prior functioning level. The staff moved Josefina to a room with a larger window, where her family was able to visit regularly and provide words of motivation and inspiration in chalk on the concrete path her room overlooked.

Upon evaluation, Mrs. G. required total dependence with standing, ambulation, transfers, and activities of daily living. Mrs. G.’s initial physical therapy short term goals were to complete bed mobilities with moderate assistance, functional transfers with total dependence, and ambulate 10 feet on level surfaces using a rolling walker. Her long-term goals were to complete bed mobilities supervised, perform functional transfers with contact guarding assistance, and ambulate 100 feet using a rolling walker with minimal assistance. Mrs. G.’s occupational therapy goals were to perform eating tasks, dressing, grooming, and ADL’s with maximum assistance. Josefina received wound care to treat the ischemia to her fingers. The nursing care provided helped heal Mrs. G.’s wounds and allowed her full use of her hands again.

One month into her stay, Josefina was upgraded to requiring moderate assistance for bed mobilities. She could ambulate 10 feet with a rolling walker and moderate assistance and perform functional transfers using contact guarding assistance. Josefina also was upgraded to moderate assistance for most ADL’s. Mrs. G. was motivated by the staff and her family to persevere. She developed a very close relationship with our recreation therapist, Omar Garcia, who would visit her daily to provide entertainment, a listening ear, and reassurance that she would be able to make a full recovery.

Two months into her stay, Mrs. G. had made significant strides in her therapy. Josefina was now able to perform bed motilities with moderate independence. She could perform functional transfers with supervision and could ambulate 50 feet on level surfaces using a rolling walker. Mrs. G. was also upgraded to minimal assistance for most ADL’s. By the beginning of August, Mrs. G. had progressed so much that she could now ambulate distances of 150 feet with supervision. The rehab team began stair training with Josefina. She safely navigated 12 steps on the community stairs with stand by assistance. Two weeks prior to discharge Josefina was ambulating distances of 300 feet with a rolling walker and began training with a cane.

The week prior to discharge Josefina was ambulating unlimited distances with a rolling walker and could use a cane for ambulating shorter distances. She could perform all bed mobilities, functional transfers, and ADL’s independently. Upon discharge Josefina shared, “every staff member at Sans Souci motivated me to keep pushing forward. I came in unable to move and mostly bed bound and am leaving here walking! The happiest moment was walking again for the first time as it was then that I knew I could accomplish anything and would return to my old self. Thank you to everyone that works at Sans Souci from housekeeping, dietary, nursing, recreation, and rehab everyone was truly amazing and motivated me to keep going and moving forward!”

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Case Study: Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (July 2020)

Patient’s Age: 55-years-old
Admission Date: 05/26/20
Admitted From: St. Joseph’s Medical Center
Discharge Date: 07/06/20
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 6 weeks
Reason for Stay: Pneumonia due to COVID-19, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, DVT.
How did this patient hear about Sans Souci? Hospital recommendation


Details of Experience:
Mr. Tiburcio arrived at Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on May 26, 2020, from St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Prior to coming to Sans Souci, Mr. Tiburcio experienced difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. Mr. Tiburcio was admitted to status post-COVID-19 from the hospital and was oxygen dependent, as a result. Mr. Tiburcio was referred to as Sans Souci to begin receiving PT, OT, respiratory therapy, and nursing care.

Upon admission, Mr. Tiburcio was greeted by members of the Sans Souci interdisciplinary team. The team welcomed Mr. Tiburcio to our community and conducted evaluations to custom tailor the patient’s stay. Mr. Tiburcio required a wheelchair for ambulation at the time of admission.

Prior to his hospital stay, he was living independently and required no assistive devices. Mr. Tibucio began working with our Physical Therapist, Danilo Regala, DPT, and Occupational Therapist, Cheryl Matthews, OTR/L, to regain functional independence. He also began working with our respiratory therapist, Terrence Seymour, to begin the process of weaning off oxygen and utilizing room air for breathing. The patient required 15 liters of oxygen at the time of admission.

Upon evaluation, Mr. Tiburcio required supervision with a 40-foot distance in ambulation with a rolling walker, total dependence navigating stairs, moderate assistance with bed mobilities, and ADL’s (activities of daily living). Mr. Tiburcio’s therapy goals were to be able to perform bed motilities, ADL’s, functional transfers, navigate four stair steps on the community stairs, and walk a distance of 300 ft. without requiring assistance.

After two weeks of working with respiratory therapy, Mr. Tiburcio only required 10 liters of oxygen. Mr. Tiburcio reacted well to the nursing care received and began to feel better. He could perform wheelchair propulsion of 300 feet without exertion for 5 minutes. He was able to use a rolling walker to ambulate distances of 150 feet, navigate 3 steps on the stairs, and was upgraded to minimal assistance with many ADL’s.

During his stay, Mr. Tiburcio was an active participant at our daily recreation programming with Recreation Therapist, Omar Garcia. One month into his stay, Mr. Tiburcio was upgraded to requiring only four liters of portable oxygen. Mr. Tiburcio continued to progress with his ADL’s and was now able to ambulate a distance of 300 feet with a rolling walker with modified independence. The patient could now ascend and descend 15 steps on the community stairs without experiencing shortness of breath, using modified independence. One week prior to discharge, Mr. Tiburcio had made significant strides in his respiratory therapy sessions. He now breathed utilizing only room air. Mr. Tiburcio continued to make progress with his OT and PT sessions and was able to safely ambulate unlimited distances, navigate stairs, and perform ADL’s independently.

Upon discharge, Mr. Tiburcio shared, “I was sent to recover at Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, after beating the Coronavirus. It left my lungs severely inflamed and gave me two blood clots. The medical staff, nursing staff, PT, OT, respiratory staff, and housekeeping department all made sure that my stay and recovery was as fast and pleasant as possible. Sans Souci provided me specialized and individualized treatment and care. This center is like the Taj Mahal of all rehab centers and I would highly recommend it to others.”

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