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Reagan's response to therapy called 'remarkable'

SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- Doctors Thursday had not yet reached a decision on when former President Ronald Reagan would be released from the hospital, but a spokeswoman said Reagan's home was already being prepared to accommodate him.

Reagan's chief of staff, Joanne Drake, said in a statement that Reagan is continuing his physical therapy sessions and "doctors continue to be encouraged by his remarkable response in this critical post operative period."

Reagan, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and will turn 90 on February 6, fell January 12 at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.

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Doctors used a pin, plate and screws to repair the joint the following day in a 65-minute operation at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.

Drake told CNN's Jim Hill that the former president's therapy involves sitting in a chair for longer periods each session, and said the next step is weight-bearing therapy.

She said preparations are ongoing at Reagan's home to accommodate his special needs when he is finally released from the hospital.

Wednesday, Drake had said that could be within a week's time.

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