On this episode of Advance Rehab Cooking (!), we follow William on his journey to cooking his first stir fry after having a stroke. Around a year and a half ago, William sustained multiple strokes which affected both his ability to walk and his upper limb function. William had to put his passion for cooking aside.
After his stroke William was unable to return home with his family and he found himself being moved into an aged care facility. William was in the nursing home for almost one year, when YPIRAC (young people in residential aged care) started working with him to find an appropriate residence. William has since moved into a purpose built residence for younger people to promote greater independence and age appropriate activities.
William found himself developing skills in turning on taps and light switches however was still very limited in his upper limb function. Dominique Clarke, Advance Rehab Centre’s Occupational Therapist was then called in to assess Williams potential to gain more living skills in his new enviornment of opportunities.
Initially, William engaged in one-on-one sessions to improve his right hand use and strength in task such as hand writing, dressing and cooking. He now participates in Upper Limb Group at ARC.
William’s newest goal is to return to the kitchen!
William has taken a big step in his independence by successfully preparing a delicious beef stir fry with minimal assistance from his OT. William reports he is now cooking lunch and dinner for himself most days!!!