February 09, 2021 | by WesleyLife
Illini Restorative Care is honored to introduce you to our friend, Skip, who came to IRC’s short-term rehabilitation in early December. Before Skip joined us, he had been fighting for his life after being diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID-19 in October 2020.
During his hospitalization, Skip experienced respiratory failure and was intubated for approximately 2 weeks. After he was extubated and when he arrived to IRC, Skip was unable to speak clearly, unable to eat or drink, sit up on his own, complete activities of daily living and he was unable to walk.
After 64 days of receiving nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapy at IRC, Skip can now walk over 450 feet, speak clearly, eat and drink whatever he chooses, get himself ready for the day.
Best of all, he is ready to rejoin his family at home!
Here is what Skip has to say about his experience at IRC:
“It can be done if you have a strong will, the fortitude and people who care and are willing to help you. My community and family have stepped up. IRC is full of great people who are willing to help you do anything you want within reason. I have changed since I have been here and I have gotten my strength back. Everyone says ‘hi’ and they all know my name...and the food is great!”
Thank you, Skip, for inspiring us and trusting IRC with your care and rehabilitation. We are so proud of you and so happy for you and your family!