Nexus Hope Foundation gifts power wheelchair to 30-year-old life care patient

Anthony Bailey receives a donation of a lifetime that will further promote his independence

Last week, 30-year-old Nexus Neurorecovery Center life care resident Anthony Bailey was surprised with a new power wheelchair after his own needed extensive repairs. Suffering a traumatic brain injury at the age of 15, Anthony has relied on his wheelchair to participate in therapy and gain independence.

Nexus Neurorecovery Center CEO Cindy Mostaffa explained that since Anthony’s payor source was out-of-state, identifying a vendor in Texas who accepted his insurance was challenging.

“As a person with a chronic traumatic brain injury, Anthony relied greatly on his wheelchair, so the repairs had to be made,” she said. “Because finding a local vendor proved impossible, his physical therapist contacted Nexus Hope Foundation for consideration of payment for the repairs. The foundation ended up going above and beyond for him.”

Anthony was presented with his new, Jazzy 600 ES power chair just a week before his birthday. Featuring removable arms, matrix back support, top suspension and speed control, his wheelchair is high-performing and will enable him to navigate Nexus Neurorecovery Center’s 26-acre campus.

The entire treatment team surprised Anthony for the reveal, including Nexus Neurorecovery Center Mental Health Counselor and Music Therapist Alissa Carver, LPC, MT-BC.

“Given how long term his diagnosis is, the chair will help promote independence,” she explained. “Anthony won’t have to wait for staff to meet his needs.”

Now calling Texas home, Anthony has been a life care resident in the Somerset house at Nexus Neurorecovery Center since 2011. His brain injury resulted in behavioral dysregulation, and for much of his life post-injury, he was managed in psychiatric facilities who had a poor understanding of his brain injury. Once he came to Nexus Neurorecovery Center, Anthony flourished. His behavioral challenges decreased as medical management and cognitive group activities were utilized to promote strategies for better self-control.

During his surprise, Anthony couldn’t contain his excitement and couldn’t wait to try out the different power chair speeds. He exclaimed how much he loved his new chair and his therapy team.

“I’m going to have fun rolling around with my friends,” he said. “This place is the best.”

Anthony’s physical therapist who nominated him for the gift was thrilled by his excitement. Julie Grimes, PT, NCS, shared how meaningful it was to share in his special celebration.

“It was an absolute joy to be a part of such a generous contribution to someone in need,” she said. “The new power chair will allow Anthony to have greater independence for a longer duration.”

Nexus Hope Foundation was created to promote the awareness and prevention of traumatic brain injury but also to help individuals with obstacles after injury. Foundation representative Kevin McAndrews explained how important donations like these are to residents like Anthony.

“It was great to see the Nexus Hope Foundation bring such great joy and excitement to Anthony,” he said. “Based on our mission, it was fitting to provide him with an electronic wheelchair to help him resume a life of productivity and meaning.”