One Infinity Rehab patient shared her inspiring journey to walking again with staff and fellow patients and residents at her community, Avamere Transitional Care and Rehab – Brighton.
At only 25 years old, Kristie, whose last name is being withheld for privacy, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
By the time she was 35, she could no longer walk. And only three years later, she was bedridden and put on hospice.
When she came to Avamere Transitional Care and Rehab – Brighton, Kristie said she hadn’t walked for 17 years.
“After being here for about a year, some of the physical therapy and restorative staff asked me if I would go to the gym and do some exercises,” Kristie shared.
Kristie expressed her frustration with that idea because it had been so long since she was able to walk. Nonetheless, she decided to try and worked with Infinity Rehab clinicians to gain her strength back.
Her therapy team included Director of Therapy James Brannon, Occupational Therapist Michelle Fecteau, and Physical Therapist Jen Watson.
“I started going every day and did what they suggested, and then I started to notice a change,” Kristie said. “I was not only getting stronger physically, but mentally too!”
In June 2019, after several months at the gym, Kristie moved from using a Hoyer lift for transfers to sit-to-stand. And shortly after that, she was able to take a few steps while holding parallel bars. Now she walks with a front-wheeled walker.
Kristie worked with the therapy team then the restorative team. The nursing team played a large role in helping Kristie progress, including Stephanie Borquez, Licensed Practical Nurse and director of the restorative team, and Derick Simpson, Restorative CNA.
“After all my hard work, I am now able to live on my own, and I am very excited that I will be moving to my own apartment soon,” Kristie shared. “The best advice I can give anyone in my position is to never give up on yourself.”
“This story exemplifies the core values established by Infinity Rehab,” shared James Brannan, Director of Therapy with Infinity Rehab, “specifically how closely therapy and restorative teams work together to improve the lives of our patients.”
Anthony Geiser, Administrator at Avamere Transitional Care and Rehab – Brighton, also believes this story stands as a great example of teamwork and noted, “This is why we do what we do.”