Patient Testimonial

Jimmy Willis

Jimmy Willis While enjoying most of his free time in church activities, 75-year-old Jimmy Willis deals with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease on a day-to-day basis. Although he and his family have adjusted to the effects of the debilitating disease, seeking medical advice and help whenever possible, Jimmy experienced a noticeable decline in movements and accomplishing tasks in January of 2012.


Jimmy’s physician referred him to HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital to see if inpatient rehabilitation could help him reach his goals for improvement. Jimmy was admitted to the hospital, and his personal therapy team assessed his immediate needs. 


The team could see that Jimmy had a profound hyperkinetic (excessive) movement of his arms. He also displayed a decrease of strength in his arms and legs, leading to low usage of his legs. 


Once evaluated, an intense rehabilitation program was designed for Jimmy to follow, incorporating a team approach to therapy. Occupational therapists worked closely with Jimmy to improve self-feeding, grooming, dressing and bathing. Physical therapy assisted with stance, transfers and ambulation. And his medications were slightly adjusted to help him move forward in rehabilitation.


After two weeks of treatment, Jimmy’s team and physician confirmed his improvement for discharge, developing a detailed plan of care – including home health care – for him to continue once he returned home. 


Once Jimmy was back home, he celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary and formed a traveling band with a group of friends. Although Parkinson’s will continue to linger in the background, Jimmy stays focused and positive on the therapy and medications now available to keep his condition under control. He and his family are thankful for his team at HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital for giving them all hope for a higher quality of life.


Jimmy’s stay at HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital was from January 10, 2012 to January 26, 2012.

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