Max B.

Max B.

Max is a very pleasant 70 year old gentleman who was admitted to the hospital on 5/10/16 with shortness of breath. He was diagnosed with pneumonia which progressed into respiratory failure with need for intubation and eventually a tracheostomy on 5/23/16. His medical status was made more fragile by history of a kidney transplant in 2008. He arrived at Vibra Hospital on 6/10/16 very sick and weak, but he was very motivated.

At the time of his therapy evaluations, Max needed maximum to total assistance with all mobility and activities of daily living. He was also unable to eat safely or communicate verbally. With the encouragement of his very supportive wife and family and friends, he was determined to get better. He got out of bed and participated in therapy every day, even when he didn’t feel like it. His original plan was to discharge to a rehabilitation hospital, but this quickly changed as his strength and independence returned. His new goal was to go home and sleep in his own bed and see his cats.

At the time of his discharge on 7/7/16, Max required only standby assist with transfers and ambulation with a walker, and with most activities of daily living, he only needed set-up. He had also had his trach removed was able to eat a normal diet safety.

The staff at Vibra Hospital enjoyed working with Max very much, and they were very excited about his progress. He and his wife were thrilled to be selected for one of our success stories. Vibra wishes him well, and we hope he is able to soon return to his home away from home in Manistee, Michigan, where he and his wife spend several weeks a year fishing.