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80 Years Young and Celebrating…Thanks to Peninsula Home Care

Jack Fisher, of Seaford, Delaware didn’t know if he would have the opportunity to celebrate his 80th birthday at home with friends and family. One month before the big day Jack was waking up in an in-patient rehabilitation facility after being hospitalized for congestive heart failure and kidney problems.

“I just wanted to go home,” said Fisher.

He made it there but knew he still needed help managing his condition at home.

“I didn’t want to have to go back to the hospital anytime soon.”

Fisher knew exactly what he needed.

“Peninsula Home Care,” said Jack. “It wouldn’t be the first time. Both my wife and I received exceptional care from Peninsula Home Care – once when I broke my ribs from a fall and then again when she had a knee replacement. Why would we go with anyone else?”

The most recent CHF episode required Jack to require nursing, physical therapy and home health aide services from Peninsula Home Care.

Crystal Fensick, a register nurse for Peninsula Home Care was assigned as Jack’s case manager. She said she couldn’t ask for a better patient.

“He did everything he was supposed to do,” said Fensick. “He was compliant with his medication. He bought a new scale and weighed himself every day. He even bought a blood pressure cuff. Mr. Fisher helped us help him.”

“If she wouldn’t have identified that fluid in my lungs and called my doctor, I may not be here today,” said Fisher. “Crystal was helpful, caring, professional and made me feel comfortable with the care I was receiving. She taught me what I could and could not do with the condition I was in. We referred to the CHF Zone Chart that showed me what signs and symptoms to look for. I stayed in the green with the exception of one time when I gained more than four pounds in one week. But Peninsula Home Care called my doctor and we took care of it immediately. I have been stable and feel great since my discharge.”

“He wanted his independence back,” added Fensick. “He wanted to stay at home and recover to a point where he could enjoy his family and his life. I am so glad we could be there to guide him to get to that point.”

Wendell Works His Way Back

When the sun is shining, you will likely find Wendell Koyanagi at the end of his dock, fishing pole in hand. “This is what I do. I fish and I crab. I love it.”

Wendell deserves to do what he loves. He’s been through a lot this year. “January 7, 2017 – that was the day I had my heart attack,” he shared. “I knew my life was going to change.”

To help his recovery, Wendell began exercising. One day he was jogging when “all of a sudden it felt like someone hit the back of my leg with a baseball bat. I literally turned around to see if there was someone behind me. Nobody was there. Just a sharp shooting pain. I thought I tore my Achilles tendon.”

Wendell had ruptured a muscle in his leg. Because of the blood thinner he was taking from his heart attack, the pulled muscle turned into compartment syndrome, which occurs when excessive pressure builds up inside an enclosed muscle space when there is bleeding or swelling after an injury. When the pressure obstructed blood flow to and from the affected tissues, Wendell found himself back at the hospital fora fasciotomy, a surgical procedure to cut the fascia in order to relieve the pressure.

“After, I could hardly lift my foot. My calf was so swollen it was very hard to move around, even with the use of a walker,” said Wendell. “It was my right leg, so I certainly couldn’t drive.”

After discharge, care continued at home.

“I was so fortunate that Peninsula Home Care (PHC) sent Jamie for my evaluation. She was thorough and took great care of my wound. Physical therapist Mayank came two or three times a week and was very helpful with his knowledge and caring personality. I was in very good hands.”

Wendell worked with Mayank on different exercises, gaining strength and mobility until he was able to walk on his own. “I can’t thank them enough. Everyone was caring and easy to work with and because of their services, my wife was able to continue to work, rather than take time off to transport me back and forth to appointments. I would call on Peninsula Home Care again for any home care needs.”

Jack Fisher

Jack Fisher

80 Years Young and Celebrating…Thanks to Peninsula Home Care Jack Fisher, of Seaford, Delaware didn’t know if he would have the opportunity to celebrate his 80th birthday at home with friends and family. One month before the big day Jack was waking up in an in-patient rehabilitation facility after being hospitalized for congestive heart failure and kidney problems. “I just wanted to go home,” … [.. Read this case study ..]


Wendell Koyanagi

Wendell Koyanagi

Wendell Works His Way Back When the sun is shining, you will likely find Wendell Koyanagi at the end of his dock, fishing pole in hand. “This is what I do. I fish and I crab. I love it.” Wendell deserves to do what he loves. He’s been through a lot this year. “January 7, 2017 – that … [.. Read this case study ..]


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