Morse guru gets some dash in his step

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472093

PHYSIOTHERAPY ses­sions helped im­prove the qual­ity of life for Ken Knox.

The Manning res­i­dent (92) and former Morse code tech­ni­cian in World War II could walk about only 50m be­fore Sil­ver Chain came in to help him in­home twice a week for the past six months.

“I couldn’t walk any long dis­tance; I had some trou­ble in my knee but now I can walk about 1.5km,” he said.

“I am very thank­ful I can still get out and about. I see other peo­ple my age and they are bug­gered. Be­fore I re­ceived help from Sil­ver Chain, I needed a wheel­chair if I was go­ing out for a long time.

“Now I’m con­fi­dent walk­ing again be­cause Sil­ver Chain has taught me some ex­er­cises to do at home on my own.”

“We usu­ally do an ini­tial assess­ment and then put to­gether an in­di­vid­u­alised pro­gram. We’ve been work­ing on his bal­ance, as well do­ing dif­fer­ent ex­er­cises to im­prove his strength,” Sil­ver Chain phys­io­ther­a­pist Sam Stephens said.

“Some of the ex­er­cises can be done on his bed, sit­ting or stand­ing.”

Mr Knox said he joined a post of­fice and learnt Morse code be­fore join­ing the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force.

“I got a great deal of sat­is­fac­tion from the job,” he said.

Sil­ver Chain’s physiotherapy ses­sions can be ac­cessed through a State Govern­mentsub­sidised Home and Com­mu­nity Care pack­age or a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment-sub­sidised Home Care Pack­age.

They are also avail­able on a fee-for-ser­vice ba­sis.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Sam Stephens of Sil­ver­chain Physio with Ken Knox.

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