Horace Smith suffered a stroke that caused semi paralysis of his right side.
When Smith came to Life Care Center of Columbia, Tennessee, he needed physical, occupational and speech therapies to overcome the challenges he faced. He was unsteady on his feet and unable to walk safely.
Therapists worked with Smith five days a week to improve his mobility, swallowing and independence in his self-care. They used the Biodex balance machine to help him work on his balance issues, as well as VitalStim® electrical stimulation to help with swallowing.
“Horace was cooperative and willing to work with his therapists in achieving his goal of decreased fall risk and improving his activity tolerance,” said Joanne Tan, physical therapist.
“I enjoyed every bit of rehab because of the therapists,” said Smith. “I’m able to walk better and feel more steady on my feet. It’s a good facility.”
Smith returned home on Nov. 20 with home health therapy services to continue his progress. He was able to transfer independently and walk more than 500 feet with a four-wheel walker.