A stroke left Gary Rogers weak on both sides of his body and in need of rehabilitation just after Christmas 2015.
On Dec. 30, Rogers came to Desert Cove Nursing Center in Chandler, Arizona, to undergo therapy and restore his independence. When he arrived, he needed two people to help him move and to complete his daily self-care tasks, including bathing and grooming. He was also on a feeding tube because he was unable to swallow safely, and he had trouble speaking because of the weakness in his face.
Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with Rogers five days a week. Physical therapists taught him strengthening exercises and balance activities, as well as exercises to improve his coordination, and occupational therapists worked with him on fine motor skills and practicing his activities of daily living. Speech therapists worked with him on oral motor exercises and swallowing skills.
“Gary consistently rose to every challenge presented in order to meet his established goals,” said Tina Garrett, physical therapist.
“Therapy really helped in developing my skills back to where I can walk, reach over and step over things,” said Rogers.
Rogers was able to return home to his wife on Feb. 14, 2016. He was walking without assistance and able to take care of himself, and he was speaking and swallowing normally again.
“You’ve got good people who work here who are compassionate and kind,” Rogers added. “We have been so impressed and blessed!”