When Richard first arrived at Avalon Place following a stroke, he was unable to sit upright on the edge of his bed without maximum support from staff. He couldn’t talk or swallow.
“His main goal was to be able to eat and walk again. He was completely independent before his stroke,” recalled Erin, Speech Language Pathologist.
Over the course of his stay he transitioned from being able to sit up independently, to standing up in the LiteGait to eventually walking with minimal assistance using a quad cane. Although speech/voice therapy was very difficult for him, he eventually learned to talk and was upgraded to a normal diet.
“He was determined and never gave up on wanting to walk and eat. When he left he was able to do both,” stated Kelly, Physical Therapist Assistant.
“I am happy he was able to be home and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal which was his ultimate goal…to be home and eating by Thanksgiving,” says Erin.
Through hard work and determination by all parties involved, Richard is now home living a full life with his beautiful wife.