Left to right: Jim Poore, physical therapist assistant; Christi Stansell, speech therapist; Delores Braun; and April Johnson, occupational therapist

After a fractured femur and hip surgery, Delores Braun came to Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina, for rehabilitation.

 

When she arrived on Feb. 13, 2016, Braun could only walk 40 feet with moderate assistance and a rolling walker, and she needed help to get from her bed to the wheelchair. She was wobbly on her feet, and she needed maximum assistance with daily self-care tasks like getting dressed.

 

Therapists evaluated Braun and got her started on physical therapy six days a week to work on her mobility, range of motion and balance. Braun did occupational therapy five days a week to relearn self-care skills. She also participated in cognitive rehabilitation five days a week to help her with her memory and problem-solving skills.

 

“Not only was attention directed to my hip and prior shoulder injury, but cognitive therapy was also provided to ensure thorough results for my return home with my husband,” said Braun.

 

She added: “I have only heartfelt praise for the dedication [of the team for] getting me well and guaranteeing my continued progress. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the care and dedication from this rehab team, and I would recommend them to anyone!”

 

Braun went home on May 6, able to walk 450 feet with a rolling walker and someone beside her. Her balance had improved significantly, and she was able to take care of herself again as long as her husband was there to help if needed.