Johnny "Dean" Qualls is a walking, talking miracle here at Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehab Center in Ash Flat.
Mr. Qualls was discharged from St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock on March 25, and came to Eaglecrest to begin his road to recovery. On arrival, he was unable to speak clearly and mostly answered, "yes" or "no," to questions.
For someone who was recovering from surgery for a cerebral tumor, he faced many challenges to overcome in therapy.
According to Mr. Qualls and his wife, Dortha, who is always by his side, he is a fighter and plans on returning to his farm in Evening Shade.
Mr. Qualls was a former construction worker and always loved being outside. Today, he sits on the front porch or in the garden so he can enjoy his new life and energy.
To provide the type of therapy that Mr. Qualls needs to recover, Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehab Center bought a Standing Frame, which is used to assist patients to stand and gain strength in their lower extremities, and allows the patient to be weight-bearing on their lower extremities to increase their neuromuscular reeducation.
Pat Martz and Austin Baltz, both licensed physical therapist assistants, and our occupational and speech therapy staff worked with Mr. Qualls continuously to help him recover.
Today, Mr. Qualls speaks well and enjoys visiting with family, friends and staff.
He is able to propel himself in his wheelchair all through the building and is learning to walk again with the help of the great therapy staff who are here to support him, as well as our other residents and patients.
Success stories provide the blessings that you receive when working in a skilled nursing facility.
When we can see a resident walk out and go home, we know we had a small part in getting that person back on the right road -- the road to home.