The Adventist Home Care team helps a grandfather celebrate with his grandsons
The sky was the limit for 71-year-old Bruce Feinberg, who was determined to go on a two-hour flight just three months after major open-heart surgery.
Feinberg’s twin grandsons were celebrating their second birthday in Florida, and he wouldn’t miss it for the world. But just days after the surgery, Feinberg became extremely weak and had trouble moving.
He spent eight days in the intensive care unit at a local hospital before being transferred to Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation’s Takoma Park facility, where he spent 15 days.
Feinberg was eager to return home and, more important, to make the trip to Florida for the birthday. Once he arrived home, however, Feinberg’s wife realized she needed extra help in caring for her husband. She reached out to Adventist HealthCare Home Care, which quickly sent a nurse, an occupational therapist and a physical therapist to the couple’s home.
The home care specialists arrived with a pleasant and upbeat attitude and made for a seamless transition from the hospital.
The Adventist HealthCare team quickly transformed to “Team Feinberg,” helping to establish steps that Feinberg would need to meet what appeared to be an impossible goal. They developed a plan that included homework assignments.
Time to Celebrate
Four weeks after starting in-home care, Feinberg walked onto his flight from Maryland to Florida. He fulfilled his dream of celebrating with his grandsons.
He also expressed his gratitude toward the Adventist HealthCare Home Care team in a letter:
“About a month ago I completed my program with members of your staff. The efforts put in by your inviting, warm, compassionate professionals in working with me were successful. Last night I returned from our trip and I am happy to say I was able to walk, hold and play with the little guys. I have been given a rare second chance to live, and … I owe a large measure of thanks to the caring group assembled to help me begin my new journey.”