Memory and problem solving improvements in speech therapy helped open the door for Antonio Nerios to progress in his other therapies.

After having abdominal surgery for a small bowel obstruction, Antonio Nerios needed rehabilitation before he was ready to return home safely.


When he arrived at Wooldridge Place Nursing Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Dec. 30, 2015, he needed a moderate amount of help with his activities of daily living, especially since many daily tasks use the abdominal muscles. He had to use an assistive device to walk, and he was having trouble with memory and problem solving.


Since problem solving and memory skills aid in therapy’s effectiveness, Nerios started out with speech therapy, working with these therapists five days a week. The speech therapists taught him strategies to remember and process information better, which helped him to communicate more fully.


Speech therapy helped improve his memory and got everything going for therapy progress,” said Martha Ortegan, speech language pathologist. “He used memory strategies as recommended from day one.”


Physical and occupational therapists began to meet with Nerios six days a week. PTs worked with him on physical exercises to build his strength and improve his gait. The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®, a treadmill with a zip-in chamber that reduces gravity, was one of the tools that helped him improve his walking skills. The OT team helped retrain Nerios in how to take care of himself with tasks like getting dressed, bathing and grooming.


Nerios was able to return home, independent, on Jan. 16, 2016.


“Everybody here seemed to care,” said Nerios.