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A stroke served as only a temporary setback for William Boudreau, thanks to therapy at The Highlands in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.


Boudreau, 73, came to the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on May 5, 2019, with weakness and a decreased ability to walk, talk and swallow.


Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with Boudreau to help him regain his independence.


"This gentleman was motivated to return to his very active prior level of functioning, including being on the softball field watching his granddaughter play ball,” said NAME, TITLE.


Knowing how much Boudreau’s family meant to him and how sad he was that his rehab stay fell over his grandson’s college graduation, Tina Brouillet, regional rehab director, and associates at the facility set up Skype for him to livestream the ceremony.


“He was able to proudly participate along with his family,” said MaryAnn Melanson, marketing director.


Boudreau returned home on May 15, able to walk, take care of himself, speak and swallow safely.


“I had great service, great care,” Boudreau said. “I’m very happy with the rehab. Therapists and nurses really cared, and what they did to help me watch my grandson graduate was so kind.”

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