Rehab aids stroke recovery

An older woman (seated) with three women standing behind her
Stroke patient Sandra Hooper (seated) with RGH Occupational Therapist Melissa Thorne, Registered Nurse Dionne Ghazal and physiotherapist Anne Samaan.
September 20, 2016

A Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) patient has used National Stroke Week to publicly thank staff for her remarkable recovery.

Sandra Hooper was unpacking her groceries at home two months ago when she had a stroke and collapsed to the floor.

She lost mobility in the right side of her body and underwent a period of intensive rehabilitation at RGH to regain her speech, the ability to eat and drink on her own and walk with the aid of a walking stick.

“Although I begrudged the attention, I had so many people helping me including a speech pathologist, dietitian, occupational therapist and physiotherapist,” Sandra said.

Dietitian Emily Harris said Sandra’s recovery is a credit to her personal motivation to get better and the comprehensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation service RGH provides.

“Following Mrs Hooper’s journey of recovery and seeing her improvement was very satisfying for everyone involved in her care,” Emily said.

Read more of Sandra’s story online (external site).

National Stroke Week (12 to 18 September) aims to raise the awareness of stroke within the community and encourage Australians to take action to prevent stroke.