“I think they’ve had their work cut out with me – I’m impatient and get frustrated – but they have been golden.”
Jim Purvis was supported by therapists following a five week stay in hospital and joked that he wasn’t “an easy one to work with.”
The 64-year-old was struggling to regain the level of mobility he had before his hospital stay and had been referred via the Rapid Response service after getting into difficulties at home.
“I have been my own worst enemy because I want to do things, I’m impatient and get frustrated and I think they’ve had their work cut out with me. But they have been golden and I’ve built up a really nice relationship with them.
“The thing is they do push you but they know how far to push you. I haven’t been an easy one to work with because my mind has got me further than my legs can actually get me. But they remind me just how far I have come and they’re right of course!”
Jim, who had cerebral palsy, sadly passed away recently but his family have given permission for his story to be used to highlight the work of community therapists.
Occupational Therapist Sarah Higgins, said: “We found Jim an absolute pleasure to work with. He was one of the most driven and motivated patients we have ever treated and did not let any of his difficulties get in his way.”