Resident Joy Dobson has come a long way in the home’s physiotherapy program in 3 years
When Frost Manor resident Joy Dobson began participating in the Lindsay long-term care home’s physiotherapy program, she was unable to walk and required a wheelchair for mobility. With the help of the program and her commitment, Joy can now walk several lengths of the 35-metre hallways at a time with her walker.
“Joy has been amazing. I can hardly keep up with her,” says physiotherapy assistant Debbie Ellison of Achieva Health. “Our halls are about 35 metres long and Joy does four lengths at a time. That’s pretty amazing – and she is always hepped up and ready to do her exercises.”
Joy began exercising in the physiotherapy program’s low-intensity conditioning class to improve her flexibility and strength. Once her flexibility improved, she began strength-building exercises at the railing. From there, Joy graduated to walking short lengths. Eventually, she was able to walk laps in the hallways.
Debbie has seen the improvement Joy has made and says she is “amazed” by her progress during the past three years.
“She is doing very, very well,” Debbie says. “She goes on the annual camping trip (and) she is involved in many other activities. She is ready to do just about everything. She’s just doing great.”
Joy, 86, says she is happy to be able to go to activities and meals by herself now. Although she has worked hard in the program, Joy says she is “surprised” by her success.
“I can walk now, and I haven’t been able to walk for a long time,” she says.
When residents join Frost Manor’s physiotherapy program, they are assessed by physiotherapist Charu Patel, who creates a plan for residents based on their goals. Debbie then oversees the prescribed exercises.
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