David joined us at Infinite Care Mount Lofty earlier this year and credits our team with his quick recovery from illness that rendered him unable to walk unassisted.
“Over the last 12 months I have spent 16 weeks in hospital with illness, surgery and medication (antibiotics) leaving me unable to walk without assistance and return home. These events also had a significant impact on my family.
Entering residential care was not something I planned on, but it became clear I could not return home. With the support of my wife, family and Infinite Care I entered Mt Lofty in late January 2021.
With the guidance and support of my Physiotherapist, and the many staff at Mt Lofty, a plan was developed to increase my muscle strength, improve my balance and co-ordination and exercise tolerance. The last five and half weeks has involved many hours spent in the gym with Will who challenges me, makes me laugh and puts up with the inevitable moans. While the RNs and PCWs provide support and encouragement in relation to activities of daily living. To this is added laughter created by the many staff, including those who clean a messy room.
All this support has enabled me to move from requiring a wheel chair and four wheel walker (with supervision) to using a walking stick. I can now walk up a step, have moved from not being able use the weight machines to undertaking leg and arm presses (although I will not be able to be on a fireman’s calendar at this stage), stand on the rubber balance mat for a minute and walk unsupervised.
Although I may have had to ‘put in the hard yards’ I could not have achieved the improvement in my muscle strength, balance and co-ordination without access to the many facilities, programs and the holistic support of the Infinite Care team of Mt Lofty.”