LIFE became tough for Patrick Lodge after he suffered a stroke.
The 53-year-old was struck down by the condition last October and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, for treatment.
Mr Lodge, of South Road, Buckland, is paralysed on his left-hand side.
It has restricted his mobility.
But thanks to four daily visits from the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, Mr Lodge is starting to get some of his independence back.
His wife, Sue, 57, said: ‘Our lives changed after Patrick suffered a stroke.
‘When he first came home from hospital in February, he had to sleep downstairs.
‘We’ve had a stairlift fitted.
‘The nurses who come and visit us have helped Patrick to use the lift and get upstairs.
‘They’ve also been teaching him how to wash himself.
‘It’s been such a huge help.’
The team visit Mr Lodge in his home every day.
‘This team is dedicated and professional in helping Patrick recover in the community,’ added Mrs Lodge.
‘Nothing is too much trouble for them and they have helped my husband to achieve goals that he didn’t think he would.’
The couple have put the team forward in our Community Nurse/Team of Year category.
Sarah Atherton, is a physiotherapist and part of the team.
She said: ‘We are delighted to have been nominated.
‘Mr Lodge’s progress is because of the whole team’s input, and we are all very pleased with his progress which has exceeded our expectations.’
This year’s awards night, backed by radio station Wave 105, takes place on Friday, September 21 at the Portsmouth Guildhall and will be hosted by Fred Dinenage.
To make sure your health hero is in with a chance, you have to nominate them.
There are 12 categories that cover all sectors of the health service, from care in hospitals and surgeries, to care in the community.
To nominate, fill in the form below and return it by June 25.
To sponsor a category email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (023) 9262 2202.