Stroke – Jim’s Story – Feel Free To Skip This Section & Go To Your Application

Jim, an 88 year old decorated WWII veteran suffered a stroke on his birthday, tail-spinning a happy celebration into a frightening, near-fatal experience. In the days following, Jim’s wife, Gloria, and daughter, Natalie, rarely left his side in the hospital room. Two days had passed since the stroke and Natalie left her mom in Jim’s hospital room in a quest for coffee. Upon returning, Jim was fast asleep and Gloria was nodding in her chair. The aroma from the coffee awakened her. “Calvin’s here, he’s parking the car now. I’ve asked him to meet us in the hallway. Better to warn him first before he sees Dad. Shall we tell him together?” Gloria nodded, and rose to her feet. Natalie wrapped her arm around Gloria’s and they entered the hallway as Calvin approached. His long arms embraced his mom and sister in one huge squeeze. “How’s dad? Is this his room?” He pointed, as he started toward the room. Natalie stopped him. “Yes, but he’s sleeping now. “I’m so sorry – I should have come sooner, but I’ve been so … oh, never mind.” Calvin cleared his throat. “What exactly did the doctor say?” “Here’s what we know.” A tear fell onto Natalie’s cheek as she began. “Dad’s right side was affected. He has difficulty speaking; he can’t dress himself, and can’t use the bathroom without assistance. They have him on a special, soft diet, and he hates it. He doesn’t want to eat.” Gloria’s eyes welled up as she grabbed Calvin’s hand. “We have to force him to even get out of bed. We try to help, but... read more

Activity Director’s Application, Stroke – Jim’s Story

Activity Director he initial assessment by the Activity Director, Marie, at Valley View Rehab discovered Jim’s love of history, that he was a WWII veteran, his affinity for playing cards (Rummy, Go Fish, Checkers), and his need for social interactions. Motivational Interviewing was key in revealing his strongest yearnings, which included returning home to his lovely wife, Gloria, and to experience more quality time having fun with his grandkids.     These were the crucial elements for motivating him and help meet Medicare Guidelines to get seniors out of bed more. Jim refused to get out of bed so the magnetic board with “GO Fish” card game was setup vertically on the bedside table. However, the next day, he was willing to get out of bed and play “GO Fish” with another nursing home client he met at lunch through Marie and the Nursing staff! That day he was out of bed for one hour for the activity department, during which time he accessed appropriate snacks, per Speech Therapy swallow precautions. After that, a routine of after lunch was established whereby Jim would play “Go Fish”.      He also started attending some of the “singing” music programs as the familiar songs helped him recapture language skills, elevated his confidence level, resulting in smiles! The Activity Director informed the C.N.A’s and family of the scheduled times and encouraged Jim and his family to use an ORANGE highlighter on his Activity Calendar to draw attention to the specific activities he wanted to attend. The CVA (Stroke) affected his vision and he could read it easier since the calendar was reformatted to maximize... read more