Almost 12 years ago, Dick Judy had a massive stroke that left him speechless, unable to walk, unable to use his right arm, and unable to care for himself.
“We spent many occupational therapy sessions learning how to use Project Mobility—Dayton’s public transportation for people with disabilities—independently, maneuvering through the store in his new power chair, and communicating his needs to store employees,” reports Shelly Janning, an occupational therapist who worked with Dick toward his rehabilitation.
Through years of work with occupational, physical, and speech therapies at the NeuroRehab and Balance Center at Southview Medical Center, Dick now lives on his own. He can cook for himself, do all of his own self-care, grocery shop with transportation through Project Mobility, and carry on conversations.
“After years of depending on others, Dick is now shopping independently and is able to be a part of his community,” says Shelly.
At the NeuroRehab and Balance Center, a team of therapists, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, vestibular certified therapists, and speech-language pathologists, work along with a case manager to meet each patient’s diverse needs for recovery.
The road to recovery continues for months or even years beyond a life altering stroke. Through rehabilitation, Dick can once again participate in the activities that fill his life with joy and meaning.
Heading Home After a Stroke
Safely managing life at home is an important part of your recovery. You may need to make a few changes around the house to minimize your risk of falling or injury. Here are some safety suggestions to try. Ask your doctor or therapist for additional tips.
In the bathroom
In the kitchen
In the bedroom
Throughout the house