My husband, Marv, has Lewy Bodies Dementia (LBD) and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s as a side diagnoses to his LBD. Following a 5-day hospital stay in early 2018 without any follow-up physical therapy or cognitive reinforcement following his discharge, Marv was having significant trouble with his balance and walking. After several months of working with him on a variety of home equipment, I could tell that he just wasn’t bouncing back like he had in the past.
Since I wasn’t ready to accept “it is just the disease” causing his problems, I started exploring other options to help my husband. Through discussions with our doctor, I learned about the LiteGait system which is a gait training device that simultaneously controls weight bearing, posture and balance over a treadmill or ground. I thought the LiteGait system would be the best fit for his needs so the doctor prescribed therapy for Marv at the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor.
After a little over two months of outpatient physical therapy using the LiteGait system, Marv is now walking much better and his ability to transfer has improved. I know that my husband’s recovery is not only due to the equipment, but also to the dedication of Physical Therapist Jon Duke and Physical Therapist Assistant Tim Stahl who have been outstanding at helping him achieve his therapy goals. Speech therapy from the Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor has also played a big role in his improvement.
I am certain that Marv would not be where he is today without the LiteGait system and the knowledge and dedication of Tim and Jon. What he has gained is such a huge benefit for him and makes our life easier at home. With hard work and great therapists and equipment, I believe he will accomplish his goals. I wasn’t expecting a miracle when Marv started receiving outpatient therapy but we’ve come close to receiving one!