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HANK

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
Admit: December 30, 2014
Discharge: April 1, 2015

Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation
Admit: June 8, 2015
Discharge: December 2, 2015
Admit: August 14, 2016
Discharge: December 12, 2016


In September 2014, Hank Pangelina was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that left him wheelchair bound and unable to communicate. Always the life of the party prior to the accident, seeing him fighting for his life was a shock to his family and friends. After weeks of care in Omaha and another rehabilitation center, the Pangelinas found On With Life.

"We were looking for something a little bit more individualized, and On With Life looked like the kind of place we needed," Anita says. "We loved our experience there. Everyone was personable, knew our names and they were all there to help us."

Hank beat tremendous odds to leave On With Life and return home. With the support of family and friends, and the expertise of the therapy staff, Hank left with his sights set on getting back to doing the things he loved prior to the accident.

With continued work in outpatient rehabilitation, he has grown steadier in his walking, is back to chatting up friends and is showing improvement with each day that passes, according to Anita. Truly, Hank is back to being the life of the party. 


"He is very social, so he loves getting together with his friends," Anita says. "He is also back to doing more around the house like washing the dishes; he is working out and is fishing again." 


He is also back to his favorite game. 


"He has always loved to golf," Anita says. "So when the weather is nice, we'll jump in the golf cart and play. He's not hitting it like he used to, but he's hitting it and that's what is important. He is back to enjoying the fun stuff in life."