WINSTON-SALEM, NC - 91-year-old Roy Hall broke his hip in August, but he's not slowing down.
His son, Brian Hall, won't let him.
Roy takes care of Brian, who has down syndrome. That's right, Roy is a caregiver and has looked after Brian since 2006 when he started living with him. Doctors describe them as two peas in a pod.
Roy says he prepares meals for Brian and helps him in his day-to-day life. Friends and neighbors from around the community provide help, like getting the mail.
"It keeps me active," said Roy of taking care of Brian. "I think that's a blessing in itself."
Novant Health patient navigator Meghan Rousseau helped find a rehab center that allowed Roy and Brian to room together so both could get care. They were moved to Salemtowne, a health retirement community in Winston-Salem.
"I've heard Roy say many times," Rousseau said. "It's not that I have Brian, Brian has me."
"It's really rewarding to see patients do well because more often than not, that's not the case, especially after a hip fracture," Rousseau said.
"I don't love him, I adore him," Roy said. "He knows it and gets away with all kinds of things as a result of it. He's a delight to be around when he behaves himself."
"He's my dad," Brian said proudly while patting Roy on the shoulder during a recent doctor's visit. Roy was in good spirits while checking in with Richard Haigler, an orthopedics and sports medicine specialist for Novant Health in Clemmons.
Roy, who grew up in Saluda, NC, says he's grateful for his health and being able to spend so much time with Brian. His father died in his 50s.
"I never thought I would get to this age," Roy says. "None of my family ever got this old."
Now, Roy and Brian are back home in Winston-Salem and returning to life as usual. Brian likes to golf and participate in the Special Olympics. Roy can still drive and takes Brian to choir practice.
Roy likes golf too. In fact, his first question to the doctor?
"When am I gonna be able to swing a golf club?"
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