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After Recovering from Stroke, Carl Becomes Part of the Team

Carl Hogan came to Sevita’s Tyler, Texas, program following a stroke in 2018. When he got to Sevita, he had no use of his right arm or leg, had impaired speech, and could not walk.

With the Sevita team’s help, he made great strides in his therapy. This meant he could get back to an active life at home and in his community. It also meant he was able to join Sevita as Maintenance Director for our Houston, Tyler, and Garland programs in Texas.

After only a few months of therapy, Carl began noticing progress. His therapy team worked daily with him on physical, occupational, and speech therapy, especially his fine motor skills. The team made sure to incorporate his career goals into his therapy sessions, such as walking up and down stairs and on ladders.

“Part of my job was to help him improve his speech quality, but the biggest part of my job was to help him identify and acknowledge his deficits,” said Kristy Easley, Speech-Language Pathologist with Sevita. “Once he began to acknowledge that he had to use new strategies to support his areas of weakness, he began noticing errors on his own and was able to make corrections independently.”

Reaching goals

Knowing about Carl’s extensive background in the building maintenance industry, Kristy told him about the open Maintenance Director position at Sevita. Carl applied and got the job. In his current role, he oversees the maintenance and repair duties of our various programs in Texas. Whether it is changing light bulbs, electrical repairs, or building maintenance, Carl is there to get the job done well. We’re proud to have Carl on our team.

“Be patient,” said Carl. “Work the program and do what the therapist tells you to do. No matter your opinion on what they have you do, just do it. Everything helps. The therapists have your best interest, and everything is necessary. Trust me.”

Read Carl’s story, which was featured in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

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Be patient. Work the program and do what the therapist tells you to do. No matter your opinion on what they have you do, just do it. Everything helps. Carl Sevita employee and individual served

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