Our social care superhero, Tracy Gardner, went above and beyond to help her client stand taller than ever.
When Anthony Hodgson left hospital after having issues with his lower back, he didn’t expect to be walking straight so soon.
Upon initial assessment on the day of discharge, our reablement team leader Tracy Gardner was surprised to see how much Anthony struggled to walk, with his upper body bending forwards as he walked until his head was as low as the seat of his chair, putting him at risk of falling over. Anthony had to get up the stairs on his hands and knees as he was unable to walk up them safely, and could only get into bed with assistance from his wife.
Tracy immediately put a plan in place to help Anthony. She taught him how to get in and out of bed without help through correct positioning, and arranged to visit him every day, with plans to work on mobility practice, and carry out exercises to reduce back pain and strengthen core muscles.
After an occupational therapist provided an exercise plan for the pair to work with, Tracy and Anthony got to work, starting with a walking frame and intending to complete the plan with Anthony using his walking stick.
Within 12 days of daily seated, standing and bed exercises, Anthony exceeded his goals, standing taller than he ever did before his initial admission to hospital. He was able to confidently walk using his walking stick and get up and down the stairs with no trouble. He could even reach cupboards that used to be a struggle for him.
Anthony’s main goal through the plan was to be able to get in the family car so that he could go out and spend time with his wife, and he was finally able to do this with Tracy’s help.
When setting the goals, he joked about receiving a certificate if he did well. Tracy went out of her way to create and present a certificate to Anthony, and she even provided Anthony with a kitchen trolley so he was able to make cups of tea for his wife.
Tracy Gardner, Reablement Team Leader, said: “It is such an amazing feeling when you work hard with a patient to achieve their goals and they succeed! The good that comes out of the service is a huge success.”
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