Joan had a stroke 10 years ago, affecting all motor function on her right-hand side. Since the incident she has been left unable to mobilise independently and has lived a sedentary lifestyle within her aged care facility.
Cerebral Vascular Accident or Stroke is characterised by a sudden weakness, numbness, paralysis or slurred speech due to a deprivation of oxygen to a specific part of the brain.
Prior to ARC, Joan was only able to be mobilised using a full body hoist to and from her bed, bathroom and other social activities. She presented with a reduced grip strength.
Joan has been receiving 1:1 EP services since early December 2019 and is now able to walk distances up to 20meters, can mobilise body weight in chair in various directions without assistance, walk to/from toilet and eat her food without physical supports. Going forward we will continue to work on her functional independence, walking, sitting/standing and participation in social/community events.
Joan has a “never say never” attitude and continues to amaze me and the nursing staff each visit – go Joan!