After a stroke left Frank Urbina unable to move his left side, he came to La Habra Convalescent Hospital in La Habra, California.
When Frank arrived on Aug. 14, 2020, he needed total assistance with all his mobility, from standing and walking to rolling over in bed, as well as with bathing and getting dressed. He needed moderate assistance with grooming tasks like brushing his teeth. He also had dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, which had him on a puree diet with nectar-thickened liquids, and he had difficulty expressing himself.
Frank took part in physical, occupational and speech therapies. Therapists used therapeutic activities, therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular reeducation, gait training, self-care management training and electrical stimulation to his left shoulder for better muscle contraction and strengthening for upper-body dressing.
In speech therapy, Frank was treated for his language, voice, communication and /or auditory processing, in addition to swallowing therapy.
“They told me and my daughter at the hospital that it would take a long time for me to recover,” said Frank. “My therapy here was awesome! Rehab staff here care about me, and they have faith in me and pushed me. With their help, I got to where I am now. I really had a good team of speech, occupational and physical therapists. I’m glad I ended up here.”
Frank is now at a supervision level for all his mobility, as well as grooming, bathing and dressing. He is back on a regular diet and has much better speech skills. He returned home on Sept. 11.
Since then, the La Habra team has followed up with Frank, and he is able to function at an even higher level in his home setting with a caregiver.