At Atlas Rehabilitation, taking care of elderly clients’ needs in the comfort of their own homes is a very personal mission for physical therapist and certified athletic trainer James “Jimmy” Adisano and his wife Aimee, who is a certified nursing assistant.
Both Jimmy and Aimee adored their grandparents, and it was painful to see them struggle to walk or simply stand up to hug each other as the aches and pains associated with aging set in. That’s how they came up with the idea for Atlas Rehabilitation, which offers personalized in-home physical therapy for seniors in the Oviedo-Winter Springs area.
“Our grandparents are the driving force behind our business,” says Aimee, who is Atlas Rehabilitation’s co-owner and office manager. “I made a promise to both of my grandparents that somehow we would make a difference in the care provided to our elderly population in their homes.”
For Jimmy and Aimee, that means providing a service based on respect, communication, and kindness.
“And our biggest thing that we preach and preach and preach is that everyone is treated like family,” says Aimee, who lives in Winter Springs with Jimmy and daughters Giuliana (age 8) and Noelle (4). “All of our patients are treated like our grandparents. So, basically, we have 150 grandparents!”
Jimmy and Aimee started Atlas Rehabilitation out of a tiny home office in December 2015. In November 2020, they moved into the Brinker Center in Oviedo. The idea first came about during one of the couple’s regular date nights while Jimmy’s parents – Winter Springs residents Bob and Janet Adisano – spent quality time babysitting their grandchildren.
At the time, Jimmy was working as a physical therapist for a home-health company, and Aimee had recently left her job working for a pediatric neurologist. The leap of faith turned out to be better than they could have imagined.
Jimmy and Atlas Rehab’s other 17 physical therapists and PT assistants work tirelessly to help their patients improve their mobility and balance, reducing the risk of dangerous falls that could land them in the hospital.
“I like being able to treat the elderly in their homes and give them the respect and care they truly need and deserve,” Jimmy says. “And I love the interaction with them and hearing their amazing stories. Even though they are working hard and doing their exercises and decreasing their risk for falls and injuries in their home, I know they also enjoy the company.”