Paul gets his reason to smile back

Patient story Reablement & physio 28th Apr 2024

One of our recent patients, Paul, was living with Parkinson’s disease and depression when aspiration pneumonia and cognitive decline led to his hospitalisation on 11th February.

Needing significant support, Paul was referred to HomeLink Healthcare on 22nd February for physiotherapy. When we first met him, Paul required two therapists to assist him with any movement and used a Sara Stedy for stability.

Through intensive physiotherapy sessions, Paul began a journey to regain his strength and mobility. Over the course of the next two weeks, our focus was on helping him move safely and independently. During this time, Paul saw significant progress. His mobility score (mBarthel) jumped from 28 to 53, indicating a marked improvement in his daily activities. His self-reported quality of life score (EQ-5D-5L) also rose from 50 to 65, showing a positive shift in his overall well-being.

Originally scheduled for discharge on 9th March, with the expectation of community team involvement, the handover process took a bit longer than initially anticipated. To ensure continuity of care, we extended our visits until the transition could be completed.

Throughout his time with us, Paul’s physical progress was remarkable. His wheelchair mobilisation progressed from 0 to 8, and he successfully transitioned from using the Sara Stedy to a four-wheel Zimmer frame within two weeks. Initially requiring double-handed physiotherapy, Paul transitioned to single-handed visits by the end of our care.

Beyond his physical progress, we also witnessed a remarkable transformation in Paul’s emotional well-being. Initially grappling with severe depression and feelings of burden, with increased mobility and independence, his outlook shifted dramatically during his time with us.

His daughter expressed her gratitude for the positive impact our team had on Paul’s life, adding:

“They are fantastic! They’ve made a massive difference in my dad’s life. They put a smile back on his face and supported him both physically and mentally.”

“You did everything exceptionally and allowed me to leave hospital six weeks earlier than planned because of the service you provided.

THANK YOU!!”

Patient feedback

“I am so grateful to have been referred to HomeLink Healthcare, they have really helped me get back on my feet. If I had stayed in the hospital I would not have achieved everything I have done”

Patient feedback

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and let you know that the work you do makes a true difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.”

Dr Vassiliki Bravis Consultant, Imperial College London

“Exceptional, amazing service with highly qualified staff. I felt confident at all times that staff knew how to deal with my picc line and my four times-a-day antibiotics was made easier by such lovely caring and compassionate staff”

Patient feedback

“The visiting therapist took her time with me, was always providing encouragement and without that I wouldn’t be at the point I am today.”

Patient feedback

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