William R.

William R.

On April 26, 2018, William experienced an event that would change his world. He suffered a stroke causing severe weakness in his left upper and lower extremities. This altered the way he lived his life in a way he had never imagined. His physicians knew his greatest hope to regain his independence would be at Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital.

The team at Ballard was notified of William's condition and admitted him to start the rehabilitation process. Upon arrival, his therapists noted that he required moderate assistance with most of his activities of daily living (ADLs). Also, he was only able to stand at his bedside.

Before the stroke, William had been functioning independently in his daily life. Over the course of the next 19 days, he completed 3 hours of therapy, everyday. Physical and occupational therapists and specially-trained rehabilitation nurses helped him work toward independence. Through this work, William was able to reach a level of moderate independence in his ADLs. He was also able to ambulate 20 feet with the assistance of a front wheel walker by the end of his stay.

William spoke highly of the staff, accommodations, and food at Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital. But, William himself played the most critical role in his recovery. William always participated to his fullest extent, and began everyday motivated to recover. William's attitude, combined with the specialized care of an acute rehabilitation hospital (the recommended level of care for stroke recovery by the American Heart and Stroke Associations), allowed William to regain his independence.