The occupational therapist used a variety of strategies and state-of-the-art technologies to help Jose regain the ability to complete activities of daily living (dressing, bathing and personal hygiene). Jose benefited from repeated use of the Robotic Armeo® Senso, equipment designed to enhance a patient’s arm movement and hand/eye coordination. It enables patients to participate in exercises that are self-initiated, self-directed, functional and fun.
The first week in physical therapy started slow and difficult as Jose needed the help of two people to start standing trials using the parallel bars. Early treatment focused on initiating leg strengthening and sitting balance to progress his mobility.
Jose was then introduced to the Lokomat®Pro, a state-of-the-art robotic treadmill training system. It uses a body weight support system to suspend individuals in robotic legs that assist with basic walking functions. After two sessions on the Lokomat, Jose began to have some active movement in his left hip and knee. He was ready to be trained to walk over ground using the Maxi Sky® harness with two people assisting him to advance his left leg with each step.
Just two weeks later, Jose began to have active movement in his left ankle and was able to stand, transfer and walk using a hemi-walker with minimal assist from his physical therapist.
Initially, Jose was on a modified diet of soft foods and nectar thick liquids. Jose’s speech was difficult to understand, and he had difficulties with some thinking skills. He worked with a speech language therapist and learned swallowing and facial strengthening exercises. Additionally, he worked to improve his memory and apply complex problem-solving skills to prepare for eventual return to work.
Jose attended the weekly “stroke education group” with other stroke patients to learn about the causes of a stroke, ways to prevent them and support groups available in the community. Jose and his wife participated in caregiver training provided by the nursing staff and therapists to prepare them both for a safe transition back home.
With the help of repetition, participating in progressively more complex demanding tasks and by learning new techniques, Jose was able to bathe, dress, eat and use the toilet independently by the time he was able to go home.
Jose completed his 34-day stay in rehab and was excited to return home to his wife and children. He was able to sit and stand without any help and walk approximately the length of a football field (347 feet) using a hemi-walker. He was able to transfer in and out of a bed and a car, go up and down 12 steps, manage a curb step and walk on uneven surfaces.
Although Jose’s journey to recovery continues at home, he made great strides at the Boler Center for Rehabilitation, regaining many lost skills and learning how move forward with his best possible quality of life.
The John M. Boler Center for Rehabilitation is located in Northwest Community Hospital at 800 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights, and is now accepting new patients. For more information about rehab services or to schedule an appointment, call 847-618-6716.
No case is the same, results may vary.