Agnes Adruk surrounded by her therapy team

When Agnes Andruk came to Life Care Center of Red Bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 20, 2017, she had suffered a gastrointestinal hemorrhage and respiratory failure.


Andruk arrived at the rehab and skilled nursing center unable to walk or groom herself and requiring extensive assistance to get in and out of bed, get dressed and bathe. She required some assistance to roll over in bed and to balance while standing, and she had difficulty swallowing.


The speech therapy team helped Andruk to swallow normally again, using a fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing. Meanwhile, the occupational therapy team trained her in her activities of daily living, those self-care tasks she would need to be able to do at home. Physical therapists worked with Andruk on her mobility and balance.


“I enjoyed walking the halls during therapy, all the encouragement from facility staff and the positive interactions,” said Andruk. “I was treated like a person, not just another client. I would advise future patients to be open to staff suggestions and encouragement.”


On Aug. 5, Andruk returned home, independent in her mobility and self-care skills and eating and drinking normally.