Clarence Aldaba was not expecting to have a stroke at age 42.
However, a cerebral infarction left him paralyzed on one side of his body and in need of rehabilitation.
Clarence tried a local skilled nursing facility but was unable to make much progress. That all changed when he came to La Habra Convalescent Hospital in La Habra, California.
When he arrived on Jan. 18, 2020, Clarence was unable to walk, stand or take care of many of his activities of daily living. He needed extensive assistance to bathe and get dressed, get in and out of bed or even use a wheelchair. He needed moderate assistance with sitting balance and was also experiencing some confusion.
Clarence took part in physical and occupational therapies five days a week with speech therapy three days a week.
“When I started working in rehab here in La Habra Convalescent Hospital, I could see progress every day,” Clarence shared.
In physical therapy, Clarence worked on balance, bed mobility, transfers (such as from a bed to a wheelchair), walking and finally stairs. In occupational therapy, he learned self-care management training and strategies to compensate for existing weakness, as well as practicing therapeutic activities to maximize his independence. And in speech therapy, he improved his speech intelligibility and language with strategies for visual processing, attention and memory.
“Staff members here are excellent and motivate you to work hard to help you reach the highest level you could possibly achieve,” said Clarence. “My family and I considered this place a ‘miracle rehab.’ We’re so glad I was given a chance to be here during my recovery.”
Clarence returned home to his family on Feb. 7. He is at a supervision level for mobility and self-care and is able to express himself clearly.