We’re looking at the invaluable work of our community therapists who support Walsall residents to live safely and independently at home. People like Ron….
“When I came out of hospital I had to use a hoist but now I’m walking with a frame – the therapists have given me my life back.”
Ron Foster was admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital back in April this year and was diagnosed with Guillain Barre, a rare and serious condition that affects the nerves.
“I was so ill that I lost track of time and didn’t realise just how seriously ill I’d been until I started to get better,” explained the 87-year-old.
“Plans were made for me to come to Holly Bank House so I could get the help I needed to regain the use of my legs and become more independent. And when I got to Holly Bank House things started to change immediately.
“When I came out of hospital I was using a hoist but there was a plan to get me back on my feet, step by step.
“One of the pieces of equipment I used they call a pulpit as you stand in it and it helps you stay upright and become more mobile. Then I was able to progress to a frame and the final part was crutches.
“As part of this I went home for a visit and it was always our aim, to get me back home. Mind you I received excellent support at Holly Bank House and the therapists have been marvellous. They provide such a worthwhile service. They have given me my life back.”