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Before I had Advanced RehabTrust Home Health, I was afraid to get out of the house because I kept falling. I felt alone and missed my friends at the senior center. Working with the therapists, my walking got so much better that I stopped falling in my house and felt like I could go out without worrying about a fall. I know my balance is a lot better now, and I have peace of mind so I’m not afraid. I’m going back to the senior center a couple times a week now and get to see my friends, which is really the best part. I highly recommend the therapists at Advanced RehabTrust.

When I woke up in the hospital, I knew something was seriously wrong but I didn’t know what it was. The left side of my body just stopped working. The doctors told me I had a stroke, and that scared me bad. Once I was stable, though, they sent me to inpatient rehab for a couple weeks. That was ok, but I wanted to be home with my family, so I asked to go home. They told me I could have home health to help with my rehab, and I liked the fact that Advanced RehabTrust is locally owned and that their owner is a physical therapist that still sees patients.

Their therapists are amazing. They had physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy come out to see me. It was a lot of therapy at first, but I really needed the help. I had trouble walking, dressing, bathing, speaking and swallowing. Eventually, I got to where I didn’t need as much help and I was doing more on my own. Even then the therapists worked with me to make sure I understood the exercises that I needed to continue to do to get better, and I still do them. What’s been great, though, is that I’m able to get around the house, go to church, and go to my friends’ houses. That’s a big deal during the holidays. Without Advanced RehabTrust Home Health’s therapists, I’m pretty sure I’d still be sitting on the couch watching TV and wishing I was better. Instead, I am better.

I used to feel like I should have my own room at Lewisville Medical Center for all the times that I ended up there with congestive heart failure. I felt like I was in and out of there so much that eventually they would probably name a wing of the hospital after me. I knew all the nurses and techs by name. I even knew a lot of their kids’ names. Unfortunately, that’s not a great way to live.

Fortunately for me though, a neighbor of mine told me about a nurse named Dee from Advanced RehabTrust Home Health. I told my neighbor that I had had home health before and they didn’t do a lot for me, but she told me that Dee was different. So the next time I ended up in the hospital, I asked for Advanced RehabTrust and I asked for Dee. I’m so thankful that I did! Dee came out and helped me get a better understanding of what was causing all of my trouble with heart failure. Whereas my last home health nurse just came by to take my blood pressure and talk to me about my medicine, Dee was there to teach me what was going on with my heart and how to keep from getting bad. I started weighing myself every day, monitoring the amount of salt in my diet, and taking my medications like my doctors want me to. I also learned how to watch for symptoms to make sure that I didn’t get bad. Instead of waiting until things got bad, I was taking care of myself so that things didn’t get bad.

It’s been 6 months since I was in the hospital and, although I really like those folks, I don’t miss being in the hospital. It’s nice to be able to stay at home and be with family. It’s also nice to be able to breathe easily and not worry about whether something I’m doing or not doing is going to trigger a bad episode of heart failure. I know now what I need to do to control it and that gives me an enormous sense of peace of mind. I’m so thankful for Advanced RehabTrust and especially for Dee. She is literally a lifesaver.

Mom had been dealing with Parkinson’s for quite a few years, and over time her voice had gotten quieter and quieter. I used to tell her to stop mumbling or to speak up but it really didn’t seem to have much of an effect. I know mom got tired of us always asking her to repeat herself, and that’s probably why she just stopped talking unless she needed to. I’m sure it was frustrating for her, but I didn’t realize there was something that could be done. I was searching for some help on the Internet and I ran across a program called the Lee Silverman voice treatment. They said that by applying these principles and exercises, a lot of people with Parkinson’s disease could speak up louder and clearer. I thought it was worth trying, and I found a LSVT trained speech therapist at Advanced RehabTrust.

It wasn’t too much after Kristi started working with mom that I noticed a big difference. Mom was speaking louder and clearer and we weren’t having to ask her to speak up will repeat herself nearly as much. Eventually, mom got to where we hardly ever needed to ask her to speak up or repeat herself. She started talking more with us when we were sitting around as a family — she was participating in the conversation again instead of just observing. That may not sound like a big deal, but it was huge for mom and for our family. We want to hear what mom has to say, we want her to share her stories with us and let us know what’s on her mind. In a way, by getting help from Advanced RehabTrust, we got our mom back, and I’m so thankful for them.

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