Nine years ago, Stella Nicholson was told she would never walk again, after a series of worrying falls and a short stay in hospital. Now, Stella has undertaken physiotherapy and with the support of staff at Lofthouse Care Home in Lofthouse, Wakefield, she is able to walk 11 steps unaided.
After her health took a turn for the worse in March 2021, Stella was admitted to St James Hospital and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Whilst in hospital, she mentioned to the carers that she was awaiting physio in the community and shortly after they began her treatment. Five weeks later, Stella was discharged and returned to Lofthouse, where she continued with her exercises and therapy. Her positive outlook soon came back and she was delighted to see her fellow residents when she arrived at the home. She was assisted with help to keep her mobile until she was able to walk into the dining room to all her friends, with both staff and residents brought to tears by her grand entrance.
Whilst living at Lofthouse, one of Orchard Care Homes residences, Stella has worked continuously with the staff to keep her active and improving.
Home Manager, Marsha Tuffin, commented on Stella’s progress and said “She has come on leaps and bounds during her time at Lofthouse. Four years ago, we welcomed a different Stella who wasn’t able to walk at all but her determination, motivation and perseverance since starting physio has shocked and inspired us all.”