Staff at Physio4life have helped Joni, a resident at The Pines Care Home accomplish one of her dreams – to compete in a running event!
The team consisted of Jessica (physiotherapist), Roxane (osteopath) and Madison (data analyst) from Physio4life, who helped push Joni in a special racing wheelchair at The ASICS London 10k run – the summer’s greatest celebration of running, where people come together in a race around the iconic sites of London.
The team helped plan and organise entry into this racing event for Joni, who is an incredible lady who spends her life in a wheelchair. Following an unfortunate event, Joni is now left with an anoxic brain injury and endures severe long term neurological problems accompanied with full body spasticity. Although Joni was lucky not to have too many disturbances in cognition, memory and language, she is however fully dependant on carers to dress her, clean her and feed her.
Joni is under great care at The Pines Care Home, where she receives daily medical care and manual therapy. She has an amazing husband who takes her out to make sure she maintains a social life as best she can, but this is not enough – Joni wanted to do more! She completed the ASICS London 10k run, raising money for The Brain Charity and Wheels and Wheelchairs.
Joni had further support from Wheels and Wheelchairs who very kindly lent her a sports wheelchair for the race. Wheels and Wheelchairs are a group of volunteers, wheelchair users and skaters who accompany disabled persons in sport activities, every Saturday, in Battersea Park.
The Pines Home Manager, Heather Said had this to say about the event “What an incredible ASICS London 10K, what an incredible team. It took determined, special people who are doers not talkers to make this happen, and a huge amount of effort, and we could not be more proud or more in awe of you.
"Huge congratulations to wheelchair pushers Jessica, Roxane, and Madison, and co-runners Shawn and M on your finish time. We know it was tough on such a hot day, especially pushing the (specially adapted) running wheelchair.
"Also well done to you Joni, you were fantastic, you enjoyed every minute and made it fun and worthwhile - you absolutely deserve your medal too! Special thanks to Wheels and Wheelchairs who loaned the wheelchair, we love what you do http://www.wheelsandwheelchairs.co.uk/
The Pines Nursing Home provides residential and nursing care on a permanent or respite basis. If you are looking for a care home and want to find out more about our home call freephone 0808 223 5404.