Watch this video to see how Muriel Richardson (front right) was able to move back on her own with help from our team at Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village.
Back home again [video]
Muriel Richardson is at a place in her life she never expected to be. She’s back home.
Just six months earlier, Muriel and her husband Jerry sold their home and moved to Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village.
Jerry’s health was declining and he needed physical therapy. A few weeks after moving, Jerry died.
Muriel soon realized her own health was deteriorating.
Arthritis in her vertebrae made her lower back tight and it was painful for her to move. Muriel had seen how much the rehabilitation team at Fort Collins Village had helped Jerry, so she knew she didn’t need to go far for help.
I’m going to need some physical therapy.” – Muriel Richardson to Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Rehabilitation Director Rueben Jackson
“You could tell she had a limp in her walk,” says Fort Collins rehabilitation director Rueben Jackson.
“I did some manual therapy with her, and released some tense muscles in her back and her hamstring. Her posture got better. She started standing upright more. She had a little bit of pep in her step.”
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In a matter of weeks, Muriel’s health improved so much that she needed less therapy.
“We cut her sessions down to two times a week and eventually down to one time a week and then we discharged her,” Rueben says.
Muriel continued to do the exercises Reuben’s team gave her and showed up regularly to walk on the treadmill.
“When you have a back problem, you have to continue working on it so it doesn’t regress,” Rueben says. Muriel has regained her active lifestyle, and is even volunteering.
Before long, Muriel moved out of her Fort Collins Village duplex to be closer to her family.
They purchased a home for Muriel and today she lives there.
“I think they are a wonderful staff,” Muriel says of the Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village staff members who helped her.
“They know what people need, and they just are willing to help and be there when you need them.”