Peterborough octogenarian who lost mobility thanks to the rehabilitation team ahead of stroke awareness month


Philip Haines, an 88-year-old former secretary of the Anglican Diocese of Peterborough, personally thanked the team at Askham Rehab, a neuro-rehabilitation community near Doddington, after an intensive 16-week rehabilitation program allowed him to regain his mobility. on his left side, following a stroke in October 2020.

Caused by a blood clot that deprived part of his brain of oxygen, the stroke – professionally known as a cerebral infarction – left Philip with dense left hemiplegia, meaning he was unable to move his left arm and leg. Although the blood clot was successfully removed, the stroke caused Philip with cognitive problems and difficulty swallowing.

Philip came to Askham Rehab from Peterborough City Hospital in November, where he was assessed by the multidisciplinary team and set clear goals, before completing a specialized four-month program tailored to his needs. .

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Philip was able to use robotics and sensor-assisted technology from the family community as he is one of the very few providers in the UK to offer a specialized robotic rehabilitation service. He used the MYRO table, a sensor-based surface with interactive applications, to facilitate upper limb movement and focus on balance, coordination and cognitive training. With stroke being a specialist area at Askham Rehab, Philip also performed mirror therapy, hands-on therapy and functional tasks as part of his bespoke program which quickly led to a significant improvement in his mobility.

Philip, who returned home at the end of April after completing the program, said: “The stroke hit me for six years and drastically changed my life, but every day I met a group of very enthusiastic physiotherapists who were trying to bring me back to life. my left side.

Born and educated in Derby, Philip left school and did his national service in the navy before moving to London where he worked for 12 years in finance. He then moved to Hereford to work for Bulmer’s Cider for another 12 years, before eventually settling in Peterborough as secretary of the Anglican Diocese of Peterborough.

An avid listener to the Peterborough Cathedral Choir throughout his 20-year retirement, Philip still lives within the Cathedral grounds and is happy to be back.

He continued, “This whole trip has been a whole new experience, it’s almost like a rebirth. You always try to be positive, but it is inevitable that you will go through periods of depression. The enthusiasm of the team has helped me to recover during these difficult times. We hit it off, they were very helpful and it was a real group effort to try and bring my muscles back to life.

When asked if he had any final words for the team who cared for him throughout his rehabilitation, Philip simply replied, “Keep up the good work. I will be eternally grateful.

Sara Neaves, Clinical Manager and Outpatient Services Manager at Askham Rehab, said: “Philip had access to our four disciplines; clinical psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. It was clear from day one that Philip knew exactly what he wanted to accomplish. This allowed us to set patient-centered goals with him, ensuring he was part of the process throughout his journey with us.

“Philip was completely independent before his stroke and enjoyed walking around downtown Peterborough every day for his lunch, so he was determined to get back on his feet. He quickly improved the mobility of his left upper limb through the use of our robotics and mirror therapy, and was quickly able to perform a transfer using a Molift with the help of two. He also improved his swallowing through oral motor techniques and no longer needs thickening in his fluids.

“It has been extremely rewarding to see Philip come this far. He had a positive outlook on his rehabilitation journey with us since the offset. Her sister also provided excellent support, and with our patient-centered care, her individualized program met her goals. We are delighted that he can now go out and return to town for his lunch outings with friends.

Aliyyah-Begum Nasser, Director of Askham, said: “Philip’s journey to Askham encompasses what is Stroke Awareness Month; highlight the strategies to improve the quality of life of convalescent people. Our family community, which has over 30 years of experience, including 10 years of expertise in neurological rehabilitation, prides itself on having established comprehensive and specialized programs to ensure that those who undergo rehabilitation with us receive care. high quality structured with a holistic approach. approach. “


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