Left to right: Cayce Weekley, physical therapist; Schonna Davis, occupational therapist; Philip Stillwell; Shawn Lowe, speech therapist; Misty Chadwick, physical therapist assistant; Ocellia Whatley, occupational therapist assistant

A motorcycle accident left Philip “Ray” Stillwell with acute respiratory failure and hypoxia, an oxygen deficit.


Stillwell couldn’t walk and required assistance to get dressed, bathe, get in and out of bed and stand when he came to Life Care Center of Red Bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Sept. 8, 2017. He also had difficulty swallowing and was on a pureed diet.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Stillwell on strength and range of motion, using the NuStep® and Omnicycle exercise machines, as well as gait training, resistive exercises and other activities. Speech therapists also worked with him on his swallowing skills using oral motor exercises and pharyngeal exercises until he was able to eat normal foods again.


“My stay at Life Care in Red Bank was the most positive and encouraging of this journey that I found myself on,” said Stillwell.


Stillwell returned home, independent, on Oct. 6.