Case Study: Palmetto Subacute Care Center (February 2021)

Patients Age: 83-years-old
Admission Date: 11/13/20
Admitted From: South Miami Hospital
Discharge Date: 01/30/21
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 78 days
Reason for Stay: COVID-19 +, decrease in strength, mobility, and balance

Details of Experience:
Mrs. Lopez is an 83-year-old fighter. She was admitted to Palmetto from South Miami Hospital on November 13th, 2020 after hospitalization from November 10th to November 13th with a diagnosis of COVID-19. She lives in a private home by herself and performs all her activities of daily living (ADL’s) with Modified Independence and has Home Health Aide services three hours per day for assistance.
Upon admission, she was evaluated by our Nursing and Rehabilitation Team to establish a care plan, answer all of her questions, and ensure all her needs were met. At the time of the evaluation, Mrs. Lopez presented with functional decline, as evidenced by increased assistance by the caregiver in her ADL’s, impaired functional mobility, muscle weakness, impaired sitting/standing static and dynamic balance, placing her at risk falls and further decline in function.

She was receiving special care on our COVID unit, since her admission, until December 10th, 2020, when she had negative test results and was discharged from the COVID unit to our green zone to continue her rehabilitation journey.

Due to the commitment shown by Mrs. Lopez and the hard work of our fantastic Nursing and Rehabilitation Team, she was able to return to her home with significant improvement in her ability to perform all her functional mobility skills, strength, and balance. She reached her prior level of function in her ADLs, and she was able to walk from 75 feet with Contact Guard Assist to 350 feet with Modified Independence with a Rowling walker.

We are very proud of Mrs. Lopez and we wish her good luck!