On her first day of therapy, Judy’s swallowing was weak, and she had to be on a diet of thick liquids to prevent the fluids from leaking into her lungs and causing pneumonia. She needed help standing and required tapping on each leg to tell her which leg to move. She attempted to walk using the sturdy parallel bars, but again, required tapping on each foot to try to step, and she was having difficulty keeping her balance.
The next day in therapy we were able to use a colored dot on the ground to give her a target to step toward. She was able to step toward the target to improve walking, but when trying to use a walker, she still required quite a bit of assistance and a second person following closely with a wheelchair. Over the weeks she was at Cardinal Hill, a little hard work and a little sass, she is now walking with a cane and supervision to keep her safe but no physical assistance. She is also drinking her Coke and eating better food.