On Sept. 27, 2019, Bruce Bybee came to Life Care Center of Idaho Falls, Idaho, after having a stroke.
Bybee was independent in all activities until the stroke impaired his right side, leaving him unable to use his right arm or leg. He couldn’t walk or speak and was dependent on the facility staff for all his basic needs, including transfers, bed mobility and activities of daily living.
Through physical, occupational and speech therapies, Bybee started showing progress.
“Bruce showed the drive and motivation to get better,” said Curtis Jacobson, director of rehab. “He was always willing to get up and participate. He has four kids, and he said they were a motivation for him to recover.”
Bybee went from being fully dependent to being able to walk with a cane. He regained the use of his right leg and arm, and his balance has improved tremendously.
“Many people thought Bruce would not reach the functional level that he has reached,” Jacobson said. “However, with daily participation and skilled treatment, he has reached a point where he can move forward and require less assistance from medical staff.”