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Rehab to Home Program at Peabody

November 9, 2015


The Rehab to Home Program at Peabody Retirement Community

North Manchester, IN–In the past, Gene Rohrer had undergone both hip surgery and knee replacement surgery, so when his doctor recommended spinal surgery this November, the patient knew what he needed to do next. He made plans to go back for an encore—a repeat performance. Rohrer preregistered for post-operative rehabilitative care in the Rehab to Home program at Peabody Retirement Community.

“I requested the same room and the same therapist I had with my knee rehab,” Rohrer says.
“It was an easy decision. I was so pleased with the results I got at Peabody following my total knee replacement that I didn’t hesitate to prearrange another stay.”

The results Rohrer achieved in the program speak for themselves. “They said I was a model patient. In fact, I was discharged ahead of schedule. But I think that’s at least in part thanks to the Peabody team. They push you. But they seem to know just how far they can go to achieve best results. And today my knee feels as good as new.”

Rohrer’s excellent rehab results account for his request to enlist the services of his previous physical therapist, but when asked why he requested the very same room at Peabody, the repeat patient had a similar response.

“It’s a nice room with lots of windows and a good view. Plus, it’s close to the dining room. And the food is good,” Rohrer explains. Patients in the Rehab to Home program at Peabody are treated to their own private suite with private full bathroom and, whenever physically possible, they enjoy meals with fellow patients in the restaurant-style dining room.

“I understand Peabody offers activities and events, too, but I was just interested in enjoying quiet time in my room and dedicating myself to my therapy and recovery,” Rohrer says. “I have the same plan for my stay in November—to focus on therapy and returning back to home and to life as soon as possible.”

Rohrer is retired now, but by his own admission, his career has spanned a diverse background. “I was a real estate broker/appraiser for many years. Most recently, I retired from part-time work as the Whitley County VA representative, but prior to that, I was a local Methodist minister.”

The retired pastor said that he had actually become familiar with Peabody over the years through his ministry—calling on congregants who became Peabody residents and patients themselves. “Two of my granddaughters also work at Peabody, so I am a bit biased by them. They have nothing but good things to say about the health center.”

Rohrer reports that the preregistration process is easy at Peabody. “Although I suppose my granddaughters simplified it for me. They helped with the paperwork that needs to be completed. And, the doctor and hospital will issue the medical orders for physical therapy following surgery. But the preadmission process was pretty painless.”

When asked if he was nervous about the upcoming procedure that his surgeon, Dr. Williams, predicts will require 10 to 14 weeks of recovery time, the retired pastor says, “I feel good about it. I have faith. I just won’t be able to bowl for three months the doctor says.”

Based on his prior experience at Peabody, with the speedy recovery following total knee replacement, it’s probably safe to assume that Gene Rohrer will be bowling strikes again early in 2016. When he returns to Peabody, Rohrer has every reason to believe this encore visit will lead to equally good results—exceptional repeat performance. And to that, the team at Peabody will no doubt say, “Bravo!”

Peabody Retirement Community welcomes inquiries from individuals who may need rehabilitative care or skilled nursing care following a scheduled surgery. The public is invited to call (260) 982-8616 to tour the health center and discuss rehab needs or to complete an online pre-registration form at

About Peabody Retirement Community

On 33 acres of tranquil and pristine beauty in North Manchester, Indiana, Peabody is a continuing care retirement community offering a complete range of residential and healthcare lifestyle options including independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and memory care. Here, the lives of senior adults are enriched through recreation, education, and culture in an atmosphere of grace, compassion, and respect. To learn more, call (260) 982-8616, toll-free (800) 545-6220, or visit


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