Two years after her stroke, Cathryn has her independence back

4th February 2019

After a stroke two years ago, Cathryn lost her mobility and could no longer talk or feed herself. After a lot of hard work that has now all changed.

Cathryn, 56, has been with FitzRoy for just over eight years, living in our Nottingham Supported Living Service. She used a walking jacket (a support harness) to get around her flat due to the complexity of her epilepsy and regularity of her seizures. This was the only way she could walk around her home independently, without falling and hurting herself.

Deputy Manager Emily Priestley said: “When Cathryn had a stroke two years ago, she lost her mobility and she could no longer talk or feed herself. Once she was discharged from hospital, she came back to us and we wanted her to have the opportunity to walk again. We asked the physiotherapy team if we could try her with her walking jacket and they taught us some techniques to help her, and they came once a fortnight to work with her themselves. My staff team worked solidly with Cathryn for a year, to get her back to using the walking jacket and then, when she was confident enough, we supported her to walk into the kitchen and stand to make herself a cup of tea.

“When Cathryn’s social worker recently visited her, after a gap of a year, she didn’t recognise Cathryn as her transformation has been so complete. Cathryn is now feeding herself and talking, she also stood in her kitchen the other week and made her own sandwich!

“I get quite emotional about the change I can see in her. The social worker’s flabbergasted reaction brought a tear to my eye as I am so proud of Cathryn and my staff team. They have all worked so hard.”

Support Worker Abi Gascoigne said: “Before she had a stroke she was chatty and confident, and so it was devastating to see how she was after her stroke. Now you would not believe she’d even had a stroke – she is back to being her fabulous, bubbly and gorgeous self. She trusts us, so when we were all working so hard with the walking jacket and the physiotherapy to get her mobile, she worked hard with us. And now two years on, she is mobile again, she has got her confidence and independence back, and is making her own choices.”