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Edward Moorehead came to The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, on April 25, 2019, for help in improving his Parkinson’s disease symptoms.


Moorehead had been experiencing decreased functioning at home, especially with his morning routine and mobility.


Physical therapists worked with Moorehead on strength and gait training. They used the NuStep® exercise bike and Omnicycle® machine for strength and coordination from a seated position, as well as a metronome for walking to set a good, steadying rhythm. Occupational therapists focused on helping him with self-care skills like getting dressed, grooming and bathing, including using adaptive equipment. Speech therapists worked with him on recall and safety, as well as more independent use of the metronome.


By the end of his rehab stay, Moorehead could walk up to 500 feet with a rolling walker with standby assistance and had improved in his activities of daily living and cognition.


“The facility and staff have been successful in meeting my needs,” said Moorehead. “Therapy has helped me improve my ability to walk, taking bigger and consistent steps with the use of the metronome.”


Moorehead completed therapy on July 26 and is using the metronome for restorative walking.

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