Harry Newell’s life had come to a standstill. At age seventy-five, he suffered from multiple medical conditions that left him with significant functional limits. His various conditions caused him severe pain and left him almost completely immobile. In August of 2010, he came to HealthSouth.
During his initial evaluation, Harry performed activities with difficulty. He needed assistance from two people in order to stand, and was able to walk only a few steps using a walker. His wife had to assist him with almost all tasks of daily living. “During my evaluation, the therapists asked what my goal was, and I said I wanted to walk again and have a normal life,” Mr. Newell says. “They made me feel my goal was possible.”
Harry began treatment with intensive Physical and Occupational Therapy. His therapy focused on increasing upper body strength and endurance and his range of motion so that he could complete activities on his own. Slowly, Harry began to make progress. He was soon able to stand with the help of his therapist, and eventually he was able to stand independently.
“I knew it was going to be a long process, but my therapists were very encouraging and I worked hard to do everything they asked of me and more. I worked best when my physical therapist gave me a certain number of exercise repetitions to complete.” The hard work paid off.
By the time he was discharged, Harry was able to walk 100 feet with a walker and stand for about 5 minutes in order to complete activities. He was also able to complete tasks of daily living with more ease. He is now walking more at home and is able to enter his bathroom and shower on his own, which are things he couldn’t do before. “I’m doing things now that I haven’t been able to in a long time. I’ve managed to be successful in regaining my life,” Harry concludes. “I cannot say enough about the Physical and Occupational Therapists at HealthSouth.”