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PERMANENT DISABILITY

by ELIZABETH
(QUEENS, NY)

Question:MY BOYFRIEND, AT AGE 47 SUFFERED A HEMORRHAGIC STROKE A YEAR AGO. AFTER BEING STABILIZED HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO NYU LAGONE WHERE HE RECEIVED THERAPY BUT HE WAS STILL BED RIDDEN. AFTER A SHORT PERIOD THERE, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO A NURSING HOME WHERE THE THERAPY WAS VERY BASIC. AFTER THREE MONTHS IN THE NURSING HOME, HE WAS ABLE TO GO HOME WITH A FULL TIME AID. HE CAN MOVE ENOUGH TO FEED HIMSELF BUT HE IS UNABLE TO SUPPORT HIMSELF - MEANING HE CANNOT SIT UP ON HIS OWN. HE NOW HAS BEEN GOING TO AN INTENSE THERAPY PROGRAM ABOUT THREE TIMES A WEEK FOR 1 1/2 HOURS. I M WONDERING HOW MUCH THERAPY SHOULD BE DONE TO ASSIST HIM IN RECOVERING. HE IS DETERMINED TO WALK AND WILLING TO W0RK HARD. I JUST FEEL WE HAVEN'T HAD THE CORRECT PEOPLE ASSISTING IN HIS RECOVERY AND ARE LOSING VALUABLE TIME. DO YOU THINK HE WOULD BENEFIT BY DOING PT EVERY DAY FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME. ANY SUGGESTIONS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.


REGARDS,
ELIZABETH

Answer: If you can find a facility that offers more intense therapy daily with experienced therapists, then I do believe that would be helpful, but I do not know what type of facilities they have in your area. Typical outpatient clinics would usually only see patients three times a week. If you could afford to have a trained individual to work with him outside of therapy, that would be a good alternative as well. Recovery is done on a daily basis, not just in the short time period spent at therapy. Unfortunately, patients with more involved strokes will often not get the amount of therapy that they need, and it will be up to family members to help them find outside resources to help. I would ask the therapists working with him if they know of anyone that could help him outside of therapy days. If he has willing and able family members or if the aide was willing, they could attend therapy sessions and the therapists could show them activities to do at home.

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by: James

I am curious how long ago this was posted and if there has been any progress since. My wife suffered a stroke 3 weeks ago and has no movement on the right side, she is hopefully starting some physio soon.

Jamey

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