Tresco patients at pool

Direct Care Staff members like Toby Grandjean are in the pool helping Tresco patients get a break from the summer heat.

The Tresco Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center is once again bringing out patients to the Sedillo Park pool facility during weekday afternoons. Patients both mentally and physically disabled come out for an afternoon dip with the help of Tresco employees as well as pool lifeguards during afternoon adult swim hours.

Alex Gonzales has been a member of the Tresco staff for just under a year. She was helping several patients maneuver their way through the pool whether it be slow swimming to simple walking through the water in the hot summer heat.

“We like to bring our individuals out to participate in community activities,” she said. “Fortunately our supervisors were able to work with the pool again so that these individuals could come and be active. Being able to do things like this is extremely important for the people we care about. These people are just like everybody else in the community.”

One of the Tresco patients that made it out was Tom McCord. A retiree from the New Mexico Tech Library after 25 years, McCord is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor. He was a student at Humbolt University in California and in 1973 accidentally ran off a cliff and was in a coma for three months. He currently uses a walker to get around.

“The injury wasn’t fatal,” he said. “But it certainly has created a lot of limitations throughout my life. I’ve had multiple surgeries and was never quite the same since. That hasn’t stopped me from keeping on living life which is why I’m going to go ahead and hop in the water now.”

Last summer the Tresco patients were only able to visit the pool area for free on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thanks to the coordination of the Socorro Youth Center and Tresco advisors the patients are allowed to visit five days a week.