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Max Amper’s story: Rehabilitation during a pandemic

At 96 years old, Max Amper underwent a partial hip replacement surgery after an accident. Following the surgery, Max knew he needed rehabilitative care to regain his independence. Married to his late wife for 70 years, Max is a loving father to three children who were passionate advocates that he receive his rehabilitation at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River.

Because of visitor restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Max knew his rehabilitation would look a bit different than normal, but he was eager to begin his recovery so he could still safely live at home alone and enjoy his daily walks.

“This place is one hour from New York City, which you may think is far from home,” Max said. “However, it’s only one trip here, then one trip home, and there is no rehab in between that could come close to this. It is well worth the trip for the care here.”

When Max arrived to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River, he was barely able to walk five feet. At discharge, he was able to walk more than 210 feet with a walker and was able to get in and out of a chair and bed independently.

Despite the visitor restrictions in place at the hospital, Max’s care team was able to help him stay connected with his family with video calls. Throughout his stay, Max’s positivity and success in his rehabilitation program was an inspiration to staff and other patients.

“Staff, therapists, aids—everyone was exceptional and I would certainly recommend this rehab without hesitation,” Max said.