Good Things Ahead

Over the past month the care team at the Gainesville VA has been working tirelessly with Ray to determine the next best option to continue his TBI recovery process.  Several options were examined with Ray’s input and participation, and we now finally have a plan in the works.  Sometime over the next few weeks, once all the approvals and paperwork have been completed, Ray will be transferred to Avalon Park in Orlando, which is Neuro Restorative’s premier facility in Florida.  The range of services provided and the tailored living environment the site offers will not only allow Ray to receive a great amount of autonomy in his personal recovery but also help him to properly engage in more aggressive therapies through a wide range of rehab services.  This option has the greatest potential in helping Ray to reach his own personal goals and to hopefully one day be able to live independently once again.

As Ray approaches one year post accident next month it will be critical that he stay motivated in his recovery over the next few years.  Both the family and the care team feel that Ray is ready for the more aggressive therapies offered at Avalon Park and once he becomes more acclimated to the new environment there will most likely be more noticeable improvements being made.  The only way to better guarantee further progress in recovery will be to continue with aggressive rehab services.  Ray has been followed by many great services providers over these past eleven months and has benefited greatly from their superb assistance.  This next step will further that great service offered and provide Ray the best chance possible at making new gains.

For now Ray will continue to stay at the Gainesville VA until the transfer documentation process has been completed.  Visitors are still welcome during the scheduled hours but phone calls have been restricted to family only.  Closer to time of Ray’s transfer, we should know more about visitation and calling options at Avalon Park.  There will be far less restrictions for him than now but it will still be a care facility with scheduled therapy times.  For those interested, please check out the hyperlink above for Avalon Park to learn more about the many great options.  We are overly excited for Ray to be able to participate in such a great program.  A huge thanks goes out to the many service providers on his care team that have worked together to make this happen.  It is encouraging to us all to know that Ray has such a great group of people supporting him through his recovery.

Thank you!!!

Team Ray

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5 thoughts on “Good Things Ahead

  1. Im impressed ray!!!!! Good job and keep fighting it till its done!!!! I’m still praying for you and thinking of you as well good luck!!!!! And god bless you

  2. I was only a very casual acquaintance of Ray’s before the accident, but we had some mutual friends so I’ve been following his recover since I heard. I just wanted you to know there’s a huge network of people thinking of and praying for Ray! I’m so excited for this next step in his recovery. Ever since I read about his transfer to the Gainesville VA, I’ve had an idea I wanted to at least offer in case you thought it might be beneficial for Ray. I’m an OT at Shands Rehab on the Brain Injury unit, it’s actually a new setting for me but we’ve got some therapist who have been there for years and have kept in touch with former patients who are now years out from their injuries and have made incredible progress. Some of these patients really enjoy giving back and serving as examples of the possibilities that exist after a TBI. Anyway, while Ray is still in Gainesville, if you thought it’d be beneficial to him to see there is hope and what progress is to be made, I could help connect you with the therapists who could connect you with the patients so they could maybe visit Ray at the VA. If you’re interested, just let me know. Best of luck to all of you! -Lindsey

  3. This is such wonderful news! I am so happy that Ray will be moving to a place, although farther away, perhaps one that will bring him closer to the recovery God has planned for him!
    God bless you, Ray!

  4. Ray we all love you, and personally I am just in awe of your determination and strength. I’m looking forward to you being closer to tampa and can’t wait to see yah. God bless brother

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