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Success Story: Nick

Nick Martinelli came to Chicopee Gardens following a hospitalization stemming from a recent fall. The accident resulted in a severe hip fracture requiring surgical repair and which was the primary source of pain and limited mobility. Nick also experienced respiratory failure/pneumonia when in the hospital and has a history of advanced COPD; requiring supplemental oxygen and inhaled medications.

Our PT and OT teams were tasked with strengthening Nick’s upper and lower body while our Pulmonary team worked with Nick to practice and ultimately master effective compensatory breathing techniques to reduce his shortness of breath.

He was the first resident to benefit from the newly launched Pulmonary Plus program. He was monitored and treated by an specialized team, including a respiratory therapist and a board certified pulmonologist.

In less than a month, Nick demonstrated the ability to walk around the facility as well as climbing stairs with our therapists and requiring less overall assistance with his self-care needs.

In addition, Nick was able to wean off oxygen assistance requiring only supplemental oxygen with exertion and at night while asleep. 

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Public Announcement: On April 1, 2019, the Department of Public Health, Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification (the “Department”) received notification of a proposed change in ownership of the Chicopee Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center, 44 New Lombard Road, Chicopee, MA 01020. Chicopee Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, LLC, 44 New Lombard Road, Chicopee, MA 01020, if deemed suitable by the Department, intends to purchase the nursing home from the current operator, Chicopee Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center Operations LLC. There will be no changes in the bed capacity or the services provided by Chicopee Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center. A public hearing may be requested upon a petition by any group of ten adults. Such petition shall include the name, address and signature of each adult. Written comments concerning the facility’s ability to provide quality long-term care services and petitions for a public hearing, may be addressed to the Department of Public Health, Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification, Suitability Review Office, 99 Chauncy Street, 11th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, or submitted electronically to [email protected], for a period of 14 days following this publication. All written or oral comments submitted to the Department may be posted on the Department’s website and released in response to a request for public records.