Robert R.

Robert R.

"I was an avid, although recreational golfer. I LOVE to golf, I just didn’t care so much about my handicap. I care more about sharing my love of golf with my grandson and my great-grandson. My wife’s and my life was all about the eight grandkids and the soon to be eight great-grandkids! We would often watch them play sports. Basketball, baseball, soccer; basically anything athletic with a ball. I also enjoyed my extended family at family gatherings, eating and playing Skip-Bo. Being the eleventh of eleven children, family is important to me and often readily available. I was used to being active and enjoying their company.

In March of 2018, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, affecting my motor skills), and later I had a stroke. My mobility had been extremely limited, and my speech and thoughts came out funny. This was complicating my yearly routine with my wife of spending six months of the year in the Coachella Valley and six months of the year in Vancouver, Washington. Daily tasks were now impossible to do independently, and I was almost completely reliant on my wife. My physician recommended that I come to Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Rancho Mirage.

I had high expectations for Vibra, as I had heard good things, but I was also apprehensive. How would the people be? Would I be able to withstand the therapy? How would the food be? My concerns were soon calmed as I met Vibra’s staff, caregivers and therapist. I was very pleased with the level of respect that I was shown.

My family was able to visit and spend time together like we always have. We ate meals together, even having a picnic in the therapy courtyard. I heard my family comment about how truly caring the staff all were, and how great the therapy seemed. My wife said 'his progress was so fast, and the nurses were all so nice.' My speech made the biggest improvement, and not just the words I was saying, but also being able to understand and more easily be understood. The speech therapist thought she was clever by having me count up some money, but she slipped in an extra five-dollar bill into the wrong pile, so my total was wrong. I had to carefully look again and figure out what she had done. She made it fun!

Exceptional patient care, great therapy, beautiful surroundings, and a quick recovery was exactly what I had hoped for -- and is what I got.

It is almost time to make the trek back to Washington, and we are looking forward to watching the grandkids play this spring. I have reclaimed enough mobility allowing me to physically be more a part of my families lives, and I am less reliant on my wife. She can even understand what I am saying again. Was everything exactly as I had wanted? Well, the food at times was bland, but the company was always good. And the last couple of days the food was actually pretty good! (Had the food improved? Who knows. Maybe feeling more like myself, my appetite came around, too)."