Aida Keeps Her Independence at 82

Aida first encountered the Allied Health team at Southern Plus 18-months ago. Her primary concerns were related to a stroke which she experienced many years earlier. During the early phase of recovery Aida needed to relearn to walk, talk and remember things. She was successful in this part of her recovery. However, Aida never made a full recovery, having lost control on one side of her body from the stroke which made daily tasks like walking and grasping objects very challenging.

Difficulty with mobility has impacted Aida’s confidence to live independently. Fortunately, Aida has many loved ones who care for her and help to build her coping mechanisms. Since receiving care with Southern Plus, Aida has modified her home setting multiple times to ensure it is personalised to her needs and enables her to live comfortably. This has included seating modifications, use of mobility aids and ramping through doorways.

Aida also receives weekly visits from a Southern Plus exercise physiologist, whose encouragement and attention to detail helps keep Aida motivated and on task to reach her goals and maintain her independence. During these visits Aida focuses on gait training, lower limb stability and attaining optimal function from her upper limb.

Today Aida continues to live independently in the comfort of her well-suited granny flat with regular social support from her loving family and care team.

Read similar stories like Aida’s in our Southern Star Summer edition.

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