Case Study: Palmetto Subacute Care Center (September 2019)

Patients Age: 80-years-old
Admission Date: 08/31/2019
Admitted From: Kendall Regional Medical Center
Discharge Date: 10/02/2019
Discharged To: Home
Length of Stay: 1 month
How did this patient hear about Palmetto? Referred by the hospital, Kendall Regional.

Details of Experience:
Mr. Ortiz arrived at our community for rehabilitation after staying in the hospital for a couple of weeks. Mr. Ortiz was recommended to be placed in a nursing community, where he’d be treated with skilled physical, occupational and speech therapists.

Mr. Ortiz was welcomed by the Director of Concierge Services and evaluated by our amazing team of Nurses and Therapists. After his evaluation, it was confirmed Mr. Ortiz would be on a diet of puree and thickened liquids due to his Dysphagia and Dysarthria. The skilled speech therapy innervation included multisensory stimulation, therapeutic exercises, diet texture analysis with training in the use of compensatory swallowing strategies, speech exercises, and training in compensatory strategies.

Mr. Ortiz stated, “When I first arrived at palmetto subacute, I was very sad. I had suffered my 3rd mini heart attack. I could not eat solid foods and my speech was not clear. It was very frustrating. And I was sad because I did not think I’d recover from this one. However, thanks to all therapists in Palmetto subacute I am now able to eat solids; my speech is clearer. I’d like to thank all the ladies from speech for being very patient with me, as well as Gabriela and Justin from physical therapy.”

The therapy team is really happy to see the improvements Mr. Ortiz has made thus far. We always strive to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. It not only makes the patients, and families happy to see progress, it also makes us happy!

Mr. Ortiz was discharged on October 2nd, 2019, and he is very happy to return home to his family.