After falls fractured her humerus and the bone around her right eye, Carol Anderson needed rehabilitation before she was ready to return home from the hospital.
Anderson also had an inflammatory response to her condition. She came to Life Care Center of Red Bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 25, 2018.
“When I first came, I was depressed and concerned about my future,” said Anderson. “I was so weak. I could not imagine that I would be where I am now.”
At first, Anderson needed extensive assistance with bathing and getting dressed, as well as moderate assistance for standing balance and hygiene. She needed some assistance with walking, bed mobility, transferring from one surface to another and feeding herself.
Physical and occupational therapists worked with Anderson to help her heal. Physical therapists did leg-strengthening exercises with her and had her use the cross-trainer bicycle with pedals and pulleys to work both her upper and lower body. Occupational therapists retrained her in daily self-care tasks.
"I am now walking and able to live by myself again,” said Anderson. “I had really good therapists and very much like the friends I made here.”
Anderson returned home independently on Aug. 1.