Nursing Home Helps Man “Speak” for the First Time

Everyone that meets Patrick Cryar smiles.

And Pat always smiles back.

As a person living with cerebral palsy, a smile was just about all he could offer… until his nursing home came up with a unique solution.

Pat moved to Marshall Manor Nursing Home in Guntersville in mid-2013. Staff members immediately noticed his vibrant personality and gentle spirit. Pat enjoyed interacting with the staff and other residents, but was limited in his ability to communicate.

Speech Therapist Lydia Craft knew there had to be a way to help Pat express himself and communicate with others.

“Pat is incredibly smart and I could tell there was so much he wanted to tell us.” Craft said. “Our nursing home made it our special project to help him communicate and interact with others.”

Craft conducted her own research and enlisted help from a United Cerebral Palsy Foundation technology specialist. After some tests, they decided a specially outfitted iPad would provide Pat with the greatest ability to communicate in a conversational manner. The device allows for limitless vocabulary options.

Word quickly spread around Guntersville of Pat’s need for an iPad. Several churches and the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation made donations to cover the cost of the iPad and accessories.

“This device helps Pat enjoy social interactions and most important, it lets him tell our nurses about his safety and medical needs,” Marshall Manor Nursing Home Administrator Pam Vogt said.

Pat is well on his journey to learning how to use his iPad with Craft providing assistance along the way. Marshall Manor staff members look forward to hearing his thoughts.

“It will be a wonderful addition to Pat’s smile to also hear his thoughts through conversation,” Craft added. “Just as he’s never at a loss for a smile, I’m sure he’ll never be at a loss for words – and this will certainly be his and our gain!”

About Marshall Manor Nursing Home:
Marshall Manor Nursing Home is a 91-bed skilled nursing facility located in Guntersville. It is part of the Terrace Lake Village Retirement Community. Pam Vogt is the Administrator and Pat Gilliland is the Director of Nursing.

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10 Comments

  1. angel tackett February 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    pat is such a sweet person i love working around him just to see his smile

  2. Amy Terry February 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    What app is used with the iPad? My dad has Lou Gehrig’s disease and we can’t seem to find an app that works well.

    • John Matson February 13, 2014 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Amy,
      Contact Pam Vogt, Administrator at Marshall Manor. The phone number is 256-582-6561. Pam can point you in the right direction.
      John

  3. tiffaney February 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    He is the most joyful and sweetest man.

  4. Jeff Cowen February 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Pat is my nephew and is an amazing person and super intelligent, I learned a lot about disabilities from being around Pat the majority of my life. This makes me happy, and I’m grateful to the people at Marshall Manor for making his stay there as wonderful as they have. You guys are awesome. We’ll be bringing the girls by soon for a visit, tell Pat Jeff, Jess, Shelby and Cinda will be seeing him shortly. Love you guys and thank you for all that you do!

  5. Doug Simms February 13, 2014 at 10:54 am - Reply

    So glad to see technology making Pat’s life and healthcare better! Great story.

  6. Shelly Ridgeway February 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I grew up knowing Pat as our mothers worked together for many years. As the story says, Pat ALWAYS has a contagious smile that just makes you want to smile back. I had lost touch with him, but through your story, I now know where to find him. I have a therapy dog and we are planning to visit Pat at Marshall Manor in the next few weeks. Cannot wait to reconnect with the sweet, sweet man! Bless all of the MM staff for the wonderful work they are doing with their residents!!!!

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