After a fall off her porch broke Henirea Mayes’ right leg and wrist, she was in need of rehabilitation.
Mayes chose to do her therapy at Life Care Center of Morristown, Tennessee, arriving at the facility on Sept. 19, 2017. She could not walk or bathe herself or even wheel herself in a wheelchair when she first started rehab, but the physical and occupational therapists would soon help her increase her independence.
Occupational therapists used adaptive equipment (including a reacher and sock aid) to help Mayes dress herself. They retrained her in her other activities of daily living as well, including grooming and cooking, which were hampered while her dominant hand was in a cast. They also used strengthening exercises for her wrist and fine motor activities to improve her coordination and dexterity.
Meanwhile, the physical therapy team used therapeutic exercises to improve Mayes’ lower-body and trunk strength. She took part in neuromuscular reeducation, gait training, balance training and proprioception training as part of her recovery.
“I have greatly enjoyed my stay here at Life Care Center of Morristown,” Mayes said. “The staff has been warm and welcoming, making me feel like family.”
Mayes returned home on Dec. 1, independent in all her mobility and activities of daily living and only needing supervision for walking.