Left to right: Lina Palazzolo, occupational therapist assistant; Allison Buehrle, physical therapist; Harvey Wildt; and Matt McClanahan, PT student

After suffering a stroke, Harvey Wildt had difficulty moving or using his left side.

 

The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, helped Wildt overcome those deficits.

 

Wildt came to the skilled nursing and rehab center on Feb. 26, 2019, needing two people to help him get in and out of bed. He needed a lot of help with getting dressed and was only able to walk five feet in the parallel bars with moderate assistance.

 

Physical and occupational therapists worked with Wildt five days a week to increase his mobility, range of motion and strength. They used PENS electrical stimulation to help stimulate his tissues for movement, as well as progressive resistive exercises as he built strength and the NuStep® stationary bicycle with arm cranks.

 

“Harvey put a lot of hard work into his recovery and was determined to return home at his prior functional level,” said Allison Buehrle, physical therapist. “He was always ready to participate in therapy and had a great attitude.”

 

When Wildt returned home on April 18, he needed less help with bed mobility and was able to transfer from one surface to another with someone to steady him. He was walking up to 150 feet with a walker and has increased his independence in dressing and bathing.

 

“I’ve been to three different therapy facilities this year, and this department has been the most successful,” said Wildt. “I arrived with my left arm paralyzed, and now I have almost full use. The therapists were great, and I’d recommend them to anyone.”