Area woman says she’s going home confident after Small House rehab

a senior and a Small House rehab staff member post together

Jackie poses with a staff member who worked with her during her Small House rehab stay at Park Place of St. John.

Jackie McBee says that Small House rehab at Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John is the only place to go if you need post-acute rehabilitation after a surgery.

“I want everybody who’s sick and needs this to come here,” Jackie says passionately. It is Jackie’s last day of rehab, and she’s going home after just 18 days. This recovery is ahead of schedule, thanks to a combination of her hard work and the rehab experts at Park Place.

Jackie came to Park Place after a back surgery, and her last surgery experience was quite different. “I was in the hospital for 23 days, and then I did home rehab. They would say, ‘Here, do this. Okay, do it again in the evening and I’ll see you in two days.’

“But here, they watch you do it. They make sure you’re not in pain. They showed me the difference between discomfort and pain. I’m 69 years old, and someone finally taught me this stuff! They taught me with love and compassion and concern.”

“I’m going home confident,” says Jackie McBee after completing Small House rehab at Park Place.

They also showed her how to properly use her cane. “I was told by my last therapist to get a cane and use it. I’ve been using a cane for 7 years.” When her therapist at Park Place noticed Jackie was using her cane incorrectly, she showed her the right way. “It actually helps. What a difference to use the cane the right way!”

Even though Jackie is going home early, she’s also going home ready. Park Place staff went to Jackie’s home with her to make sure she could live independently after rehab. “They made sure I was doing [home care] properly so I wasn’t hurting myself. In my home. In my things.” They were able to show her a safer way of getting in and out of her bathtub.

“I’m going home confident,” she says.

Throughout Jackie’s discussion, different staff came up to her to congratulate her, and Jackie hugged each of them. “I’m torn about this. I know I’m ready to leave, but I’ll miss all these people.”

Jackie chose Providence at Home for her home healthcare providers while she continues her recovery. “Of course I went with the Providence name,” she says. “With the success I had here, why would I look further?”

“This place has saved me. I’m grateful.”

a logo depicting that Park Place's Small House rehab recently received top accolades from U.S. News and Word Report.

Park Place’s Small House rehab recently received top accolades from U.S. News and Word Report.

Jackie knows Park Place is still fairly new. “I think if more people who knew about this place, there would be a whole lot more people getting a lot better even faster. Nobody will ever tell me different. This place has saved me,” she says, “and I’m grateful.

Recently, Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John received Best Nursing Home with a Short Term Stay 2018-19 accolades from U.S. News & World Report for their Small House rehab style of care, and has maintained a five-star Medicare rating from For more information about award-winning Small House rehab at Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John, click here, or go to