Joan and Ernie’s Story – Friendship, Physio and Rehab After a Stroke

Good friends Joan and Ernie live in the same residential care home in Oldham. Ernie was first to be treated by Physio Matters who were called in to help him improve his mobility following multiple strokes which left him reliant on a walking frame to move around. A keen Oldham Athletic FC supporter, Ernie had also set himself the goal of walking at his son’s wedding. Our team of Senior Neurological Physiotherapists and Physio Assistants focused on helping Ernie start the process of walking independently, initially just a few steps at a time.

Meanwhile, his friend and neighbour 91-year old Joan had spotted Ernie’s treatment and progress. Joan had always lived independently in her own home, but following a stroke, she came to live in the care home. Joan had also had operations on both hips and became immobile after suffering a bad fall, which affected her confidence. Joan set herself the goal to stand and walk again, and seeing Ernie’s rehabilitation, she asked her son to contact Physio Matters.

Watch Joan and Ernie’s story of how both exceeded their goals.

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