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Neil Schutz

A continuum of care with a happy ending


Neil Schutz was born at home in Eau Galle, WI. When he
was young, his parents bought property in Chicoq for 50
cents an acre. He inherited 160 acres, and currently lives
on 40 of those acres near the Totogatic River where he's
enjoyed country life for over 30 years.

Sadly, Neil’s wife, Karen, passed away in 2020 from
COVID complications and other medical issues. They
were married for 34 years and raised three daughters:
Casey, Melissa and Nettie.

Neil worked in Minnesota as an arc welder for 34 years
at Hoffman Engineering. He would stay in Minnesota all
week and return to Wisconsin on the weekends to spend
time with his family. Neil was also a state certified
firefighter and an active volunteer firefighter for 45 years
in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Neil was admitted to Maple Ridge Care Center in late
March following an extended hospital stay after
sustaining a femur fracture. He said he stepped down off
a cement slab, felt his bone break and down he went.
Neil was initially sent to the hospital in Spooner but then
transferred to St. Mary’s in Duluth for surgery and
recovery. After having a rod and pins surgically placed,
Neil was sent to Maple Ridge for rehab and recovery
closer to home.

Neil has participated well in therapy and worked hard at
meeting his goals while keeping a positive attitude. He
worked through pain and discomfort related to his
surgery with the goal of becoming independent enough
to return home with family support. Neil participated in a
home assessment as well.


During a home assessment, a Maple Ridge therapist
visits with a resident in their home for about an hour to
see how well the resident gets around and to check for
any impediments. The therapist can help identify
adaptive equipment such as a toilet riser, bath bench or
grab bars. They can also determine things the resident
needs to work on, such as getting in and out of bed or
pushing a walker across the carpet. Modifications such
as rearranging furniture or removing doors to allow a
wheelchair to pass through may be recommended.

Neil’s assessment went well and with a few pieces of
equipment, he will be ready to return home.

Neil said he recommends Maple Ridge Care Center. “It’s
a nice place, and the food has been good,” he said.
"The rehab department has been great; I feel like I've
come a long way.” Neil’s advice: “Don’t get hurt!" 😛

Maple Ridge Care Center prides itself on helping short-term
rehab residents get the support and services
needed to remain independently at home longer. We
work closely with Transitions at Home, our sister home
health care agency in Spooner, which provides in-home
nursing care and rehab therapy. Having a home care
agency under the same umbrella as Maple Ridge Care
Center allows us to offer a continuum of care to help
facilitate healing at home as well as a positive outcome.

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