“Speech therapy has helped me talk and express myself.”

After a stroke, Dan LaFountain wasn’t able to speak.


Now, he is able to communicate clearly in full sentences again.


Therapy at Life Care Center of Plainwell, Michigan, made the difference for LaFountain. And therapists did more than that. When he arrived at the facility on Feb. 19, 2019, he couldn’t walk or wheel himself in a wheelchair, either, and he needed extensive assistance with bed mobility, transfers, grooming, bathing, dressing, swallowing and sitting and standing balance.


LaFountain took part in speech, physical and occupational therapies daily. Therapists used traditional exercises and methods to help him improve in his areas of deficit.


“He has worked so hard,” said Lindsay Brand, director of rehab. “He is so much better.”


LaFountain shared, “Speech therapy has helped me talk and express myself. The staff is great. Therapy has really helped me.”


He is now independent in his bed mobility, sitting balance and swallowing again and needs minimal assistance with walking, transfers, standing balance, hygiene and understanding language. He is looking for a new apartment.