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PATH program brings progress and peace of mind

[caption id="attachment_6378" align="alignright" width="378"] The O’Rourkes feel at home in the PATH rehabilitation program.[/caption]

Earl and Pat O’Rourke are well-known figures in the Fulton community, and they have touched many lives through their work and community involvement. So when Earl had a stroke in August, his family turned to Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s PATH® (Post Acute to Home) rehabilitation program. He was completely paralyzed on his left side. Earl spent a week at Boone Hospital, then another four weeks at Rusk Rehabilitation for acute therapy. Once he came to Fulton Presbyterian Manor, he felt at “home.”

“We felt as though we were at home from the beginning here. His PATH room is very comfortable and inviting. It’s spacious enough for visitors and welcoming also,” said Pat, Earl’s wife of 65 years. “The nursing team is very good. They make me feel welcomed as his wife to come and stay all day. And I enjoy visiting with the other residents. Everyone is very compassionate and understanding.”

Earl and Pat have been through many ups and downs in their long, happy marriage, and a major health incident such as this is enough to shake anyone’s foundation.

“One single moment in time can change your life forever. Being at Fulton Presbyterian Manor helped alleviate the anxiety I felt,” said Pat. “During care plans they conferenced in our daughter, so that she could be a part of the care plan. The family has been able to participate in care needs and goal setting from the beginning. And the therapy offered is far and above our expectations.”

Earl agrees. “I couldn’t always see the end, but the results are visible,” said Earl, who hopes to return to his home soon. “It’s the best two hours I spend during the day.”

We’re glad we could help Earl and the O’Rourke family during their time of need, much like they’ve helped so many others in the Fulton community.

“The CNAs have been wonderful, too,” said Pat. “They’re friendly, compassionate, and understanding. We’ve even become friends with some – we hug each other when we see each other.”

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