Headquartered out of Cleveland, Tennessee, the Life Care Centers of America operates more than 200 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and senior living campuses in 28 states. In our area, the campus is located near the heart of Palm Bay, between Palm Bay Hospital and the offices of Brevard County’s largest physician group — an ideal location for their rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. The Palm Bay location was constructed in 2004 with the community’s future growth in mind. The expanding population foreshadowed the continuing need for senior care services. The Life Care Center of Palm Bay is able to fulfill those needs with its premier services.

Life Care Center of Palm Bay focuses on inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with 24-hour skilled nursing care and state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment. A highly skilled nursing staff offers a higher acuity of care that aging patients require. Will Tarbet, the executive director of the Palm Bay location, has noticed that the needs of their patients have evolved. “The acuteness and complexities of the patients we serve in this kind of environment evolved because the hospitals are trying to get patients discharged sooner,” says Tarbet. “That acuity trickles down throughout the post-acute field to all these facilities.” The expedited process has caused an increase in the need for additional, specialized care, as well as the readmission of patients; Tarbet and the Life Care staff see the need to help members of the community facing these issues.

The Palm Bay location specializes in the treatment of patients that were hospitalized and need post-acute rehabilitation and physical, occupational and speech therapy. “We are a post-acute nursing and rehabilitation provider,” says Tarbet. The center also provides a higher acuity level of care for a multitude of diagnoses with a focus on orthopedic, neurological, cardiac and pulmonary services, all received in a safe environment designed to offer independence and security. In partnership with Health First, Tarbet said the focus is on reduction of patient readmissions to the hospital.

Tarbet and the Life Care team work with the community to provide numerous volunteer and partnership efforts. They participated in a water collection drive on World Kindness Day this past year. “In support of World Kindness Day, Life Care Center of Palm Bay selected The Daily Bread, a local non-profit supporting the homeless of Brevard County,” Tarbet said. “This is a great organization that does amazing work locally and this donation will be put to good use. We are extremely proud of our associates who collected 187 cases and 13 gallons, which was the equivalent of 77,511 ounces of water.” The center also actively participates and partners with civic organizations that organize health fairs and health testing in local communities. In addition, the center supports local school activities and youth sports.

Matt Weinstein

A student at the Florida Institute of Technology, Matthew Weinstein is wrapping up his final semester, where he will earn his B.S. Business Administration degree in May of 2019. Along with earning placement on the Academic Honor Roll during each of his semesters, Weinstein is also a student athlete, playing four years of varsity lacrosse with the Florida Institute of Technology DII Men's Lacrosse Program. Originally from Maryland, Weinstein ventured down to Florida to further his education and explore everything that the Space Coast has to offer.