Making a Difference
As therapists, we treat each patient who could benefit from our services, and do it to the best of our ability. We all possess the clinical skills and the motivation to help our patients meet their goals, no matter what they are, even if they seem to be unrealistic at first glance.
But we all have that one patient…the one who has not walked in years, the one who still wants to do therapy. What do we do? Well, some of us screen the person at the facility’s request and will sometimes miss it. Miss that tiny thing that tells us that it might be possible, even for that patient. Well, someone on our staff did not miss it. He gave that patient the benefit of the doubt and believed in the patient the way the patient believed in herself.
She was a post CVA who was confined to an electric wheelchair. She had not walked in 9 years. She was a maximum assist for transfers, maximum assist for ADL’s and had therapy multiple times over that 9-year period.
Recently, a manager among us saw a combination that his resident is fortunate to have: rehab potential and a pool. With months of working in an aquatic environment on private pay, this manager transitioned the patient from pool to land and the miracle began. The resident began to assist more with her transfers, develop greater abdominal strength allowing her to assist more with positioning, and she started to ambulate. She is currently ambulating 10-15 feet with a rolling walker and one assist. But more importantly, this resident has a new sense about herself and has given this manager great satisfaction knowing it is possible to help all those that need it.
Congratulations to GR Higginbotham, Program Manager and Physical Therapist at Wellspring Retirement Community, for his outstanding clinical leadership and determination. He showed great patience and displayed consistent encouragement to his resident.