Left to right: Rodney Dean, occupational therapist assistant; William Perl; and Ruby Flores, physical therapist

“This place saved me. They took me to a place of functioning that I never thought I would be at again.”


This is what William Perl has to say about his experience of rehabilitation at Life Care Center of Coos Bay, Oregon.


Perl came to the skilled nursing and rehab center on Dec. 11, 2018, for help with muscle weakness caused by Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the immune system attacks healthy nervous system cells.


“Prior to coming, I was not able to walk or do anything for myself,” Perl said. “The PT/OT department made the impossible possible. Now I walk with a cane and provide all of my self-care. Thanks to Rodney [Dean, occupational therapist assistant], I am even able to write again. The entire therapy team is very positive. They encouraged me not to give up, and they were right. I gave my all because of their encouragement.


“My dexterity is improving daily, and so is my endurance and outlook on life,” Perl continued. “I look forward to getting home and getting back to life and getting things taken care of again.”


Perl returned home on Feb. 12, 2019, able to walk with a cane.


“William was always ready to try challenging tasks and pleasantly approachable,” said Ruby Flores, physical therapist. “He came a long way. We saw him building strength and confidence every day.”