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Safe at homeRehab helps Williston woman recover after stroke
When Millette arrived at Sanford Health, she couldn’t move her left arm or walk. She needed the highest level of assistance.
During her stay, she participated in occupational, physical and speech therapy, and, the more time she spent in the rehab facility, the more progress she made.
“In the course of the OT, my left arm and hand totally came back. I have full use of my left hand. It was paralyzed,” Millette said. “That was exciting while I was there—starting to see my fingers move. I think the PT and OT gals had a little competition to see who could make the most progress, and that was good.”
Along with the rehab using the Wii, Millette experienced other innovative treatments. In Easy Street, Sanford Health’s simulated community that allows therapists to help patients learn in real-life situations, she baked cookies in the kitchen and, in the bedroom, practiced getting in and out of bed and chairs.
Those real-life situations paid off when Millette left Sanford Health and returned home. After her three weeks of inpatient rehabilitation, she only needed minimal assistance.
“That whole Easy Street experience for me was great,” she said. “It was more than just an exercise room. The whole surroundings were geared to what I needed.”
Millette has regained her mobility and only requires a walker or cane to help move around. She sometimes needs help getting dressed, but the fact that she’s living with her husband in their one-level Williston home is a major triumph.
“I was very independent to start with,” she said. “Being able to move around in my own house and stand at my sink is priceless.”
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