Morven’s Wilma Currie was admitted to Toowoomba hospital last year after suffering a stroke and broken hip in September, and instead of having to complete her rehabilitation far away in a city hospital she was brought a bit closer to home.
Wilma’s family fought for her to be transferred to Roma hospital rather then Brisbane, and her daughter Kylee Tindale-Smith says the outstanding facilities and dedicated staff at Roma Hospitals rehabilitation centre means her mum is back to independent living.
“Mum had only been out of Morven once or twice in the past 20 years, was frightened of being in hospital so far from home and we feared not being able to stay with her in the city because of family and business commitments,” Kylee said.
“Little did we know at that stage that the Roma Rehabilitation Centre would turn out to be such an amazing centre, filled with unbelievable equipment and serviced by a motivated, caring and dedicated rehab team.”
Mrs Currie’s family were able to be there for her throughout the rehab program and late last year she was able to return home to Morven with her husband Jim.
“When Mum then came to Roma, Dad took over as the main trainer and I helped two or three days a week, in addition to the great work that was being done by the staff,” Kylee said.
“We have raised our family on the basis that it takes a village to raise a child, and quickly expected that this would be no different; that it would be a team effort.’’
The Roma Rehabilitation centre used their state of the art transfer hoist which helped Wilma to stand, making a big difference when it came to getting in and out of bed and transferring her to a wheel chair.
“Relating rehab exercises to Mum’s interests such as arranging flowers with the occupational therapist was a key factor in keeping her focused, interested and distracted from daily hospital life.
“Fine motor skills used in everyday life are challenging for most stroke victims and these tasks were focused on to prepare Mum for home life,” says Kylee.
Kylee, Wilma and Jim have since returned to the rehab centre where Kylee gave a graphic and passionate talk to sub-acute staff on the rehabilitation journey.