Cheryl Joubert with Krystal Garrett, physical therapy assistant

Cheryl Joubert is no stranger to Desert Cove Nursing Center in Chandler, Arizona.


After having been at the facility 12 times for rehab, Joubert often returns to visit residents and staff following her discharges. However, on May 14, 2018, Joubert found herself once again on the receiving end of care after being admitted for TIA and aphasia.


TIA, or transient ischemic attack, is often referred to as a “mini-stroke,” during which a clogged brain artery leads to symptoms such as weakness on one side of the body, vision problems and slurred speech. Aphasia affects the ability to communicate and understand complex speech and is often caused as a result of a brain injury or stroke.


When Joubert was admitted to Desert Cove, she needed moderate assistance using expressive language and required assistance with bathing, dressing, transfers and gait.


“This was my 13th admission,” Joubert explains. “I always come home to the place that gets me stronger.”


Through occupational and physical therapy six times a week, Joubert did indeed regain her strength and was able to perform daily tasks with little to no supervision. She was able to walk 300 feet with a front-wheeled walker, and her use of expressive language increased by the time she was discharged.


“Cheryl is like family to us all,” says Krystal Garrett, physical therapy assistant at Desert Cove. “Not only does Cheryl try and give encouragement to others that may be participating in therapy, but she is also a hard worker toward her own goals.”


Joubert continues to visit the facility and its residents and staff and considers Desert Cove a welcoming environment.


“With love and tenderness I heal, and have made friends along the way,” says Joubert. “Desert Cove is my home away from home.”