Tony Kelly, a 48-year-old father of two girls, experienced a stroke in March 2016 that saw him spend two months in hospital.
Upon discharge, Tony required assistance walking short distances and used a power wheelchair in most instances. He also needed help showering, getting into and out of his bed and wheelchair.
Tony joined Rocky Bay shortly after his discharge from hospital and started with intensive physiotherapy, which focused on Anthony’s goals of wanting to independently shower, walking unaided indoors and transferring in and out of his bed.
Twelve months later, Anthony achieved his goal of independence thanks to his determination and Rocky Bay’s intensive physiotherapy program which included walking in different environments and a range of family-supported activities.
“Because of Anthony’s hard work he has made great progress,” said Rocky Bay’s Senior Physiotherapist, Zhao Lin Teoh.
“Anthony is working on his planning skills to enable him to catch public transport independently, improve his walking endurance and overall fitness. He can also now walk down to the shops and visit his local doctor completely independently and unaided.”
Tony has become involved in multiple community activities, such as Empower Golf at Wembley Golf Course and surfing with the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia, and soon hopes to take part in a cricket program.
He has also set his sights on returning to work as an international sales consultant.