|Jacoby moves to Craig Hospital|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Family and friends of Dale Jacoby were encouraged this week when Jacoby made progress to move to Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Englewood.
It’s been four months since the March 27 accident southeast of Holyoke that critically injured Jacoby.
After the accident, he spent eight days in intensive care at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, then three weeks in long-term acute care at Kindred Hospital in Aurora. He returned to Hospice care in his home near Holyoke April 23.
After two months at home, he returned to Kindred Hospital June 29, while the family watched steady progress with the hope he could move to Craig Hospital soon.
That became reality Monday morning, July 23 when he changed his address to:
In a Caring Bridge update, Dale’s brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Lala, noted Craig Hospital is one of the highest rated rehabilitation hospitals for traumatic brain injury in the United States.
“We are excited about this move and know they will help Dale be all he can be and help us learn how we can help Dale continue to get better,” said Lala in the recent report.
Lala’s Caring Bridge update noted Dale’s trach was replaced with a smaller one July 19. The speech therapist placed the valve on the trach that allows speech, and Dale made some noises.
Additionally, the therapist had Dale hold a pen, and he used a writing motion, marking on the pad held by the therapist.
Lala reported Dale does a real good job focusing on the job at hand, which is no surprise to those who have worked side by side with him.
Family members note that progress is slow, but they’re encouraged by the move to Craig. They appreciate the sincere support of the community.
Dale’s wife Karen is with him at Craig Hospital, and step-daughter Heather Huffman goes back and forth from Holyoke to Englewood. Meanwhile, step-daughter Nicole Barron keeps the family restaurant, KarDale’s, open in Holyoke.
Holyoke Enterprise July 26, 2012