Posted on October 7, 2021
Stroke survivor Joe Kemp has made huge strides since his stroke stopped him in his tracks. Now, he’s recovering and back behind the wheel.
Posted on August 23, 2021
Since 2018, the leadership committee of the Patricia Neal Golf Classic has presented the Charlie Mink Volunteer of the Year Award to a deserving member of our cadre of volunteers who support this event. The award was established in memory of longtime committee member Charlie Mink to honor his many years of service and dedication […]
Posted on May 20, 2021
After a series of strokes in May of 2019, Danny Stines has added Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center to his list of things to be thankful for.
Posted on May 7, 2021
Learn more about Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s unique seating and mobility clinic that helps patients regain independence.
Posted on May 6, 2021
May is Stroke Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about stroke or “brain attack.” A stroke occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted. This interruption kills brain cells in the immediate area and sets off a chain reaction that endangers a larger area of brain cells. When brain […]
Posted on April 28, 2021
Angelia Johnson thanks Patricia Neal Rehab Center and God for her recovery after suffering a traumatic brain injury and a stroke.
Posted on April 14, 2021
Learn about outpatient telehealth options for Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center patients from Director of Therapy Operations Christy Williams.
Posted on April 1, 2021
Nancy Piske found hope and healing at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center after a spinal cord tumor impacted her ability to walk.
Caregivers and Cheerleaders
Theresa Asbury, MS, CTRS, is a recreation therapist who works with spine patients like Nancy Piske at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center and coleads a spinal cord injury program. The program includes daily group activities like physical and cognitive exercises and social interactions designed to assist rehabilitation and help elevate patients’ mood. “This naturally helps people learn what they can do, with the end goal of being able to move better, feel better and help each other,” Asbury says.
“On day one, we see a lot of anxiety,” Asbury explains. “Patients don’t know what to expect. They don’t know their own capabilities. After a few days, they realize their capabilities, vocalize their goals and even buy in to the fact that a team of people are there to help them.
“We celebrate each other, and being in group is one way to do that. Mrs. Piske was in the spinal cord program and participated in group activities. She was so encouraging to everyone else.”
Asbury comments that sometimes people with spinal cord injuries have a difficult time with the emotional adjustment of their new reality. “What’s often hardest for them is going from helping others to accepting help,” Asbury says. “We are caregivers, but we are also cheerleaders. We help them see the milestones and how far they’ve come on their journey toward recovery.”