"The therapists have given me my life back"

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.”


Posted by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:36:00 PM Categories: Community services