Jeanne Fairbanks with (left to right): Mary Clonts, physical therapist assistant; Emily Gann, occupational therapist assistant; and Carrie Ashton, physical therapist

With a history of falls, dehydration and an infection, Jeanne Fairbanks was in need of rehabilitation.


Fairbanks came to Life Care Center of Red Bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Dec. 22, 2017, to recover her independence and get her life back. When she arrived, she needed extensive assistance to get dressed and moderate assistance to walk and bathe. She needed minimal assistance to get in and out of bed, in and out of chairs and groom and feed herself. Her cognition had suffered from the infection as well.


Physical, occupational and speech therapies made a huge difference.


Physical therapists trained Fairbanks on balance and gait and helped her regain strength with weight training. Occupational therapists did range-of-motion exercises with her and helped her learn how to get dressed with one hand. They also helped her with adaptive equipment to make it easier for her to take care of herself. Speech therapists did their part, too, with high-level problem-solving exercises and spaced time retrieval tasks.


Fairbanks achieved her goal of independence and returned home on Feb. 22, 2018.


“I love everything about Life Care Center of Red Bank,” said Fairbanks. “I couldn’t walk before therapy or do anything for myself, but now I can.”