Left to right: Bart Smith, occupational therapist assistant; Kelly Webb; and Matt Gilbert, physical therapist assistant

Kelly Webb came to Life Care Center of Morristown, Tennessee, after a bout with bacterial pneumonia, acute respiratory failure and sepsis with the goal of returning home.


Now, Webb is back to her job as a bus driver.


When Webb arrived at the facility on June 20, 2019, she had been in the hospital for six weeks and was struggling with weakness. She needed assistance to walk, get in and out of bed, bathe, get dressed and manage her medications.


Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with Webb five days a week. The PT team helped her to gain strength, balance and endurance, while the OT team helped her to regain independence in her activities of daily living, including getting dressed and bathing. Speech therapy helped her to improve her problem-solving and abstract reasoning skills


“Matthew [Gilbert, physical therapist assistant], Bart [Smith, occupational therapist], Joyce [Dalton, PTA], Michelle [Perry, OT] and Laura [Paradiang, PT] were fabulous in getting me balanced and strong again,” said Webb. “My eternal thanks to Philda [Wisecarver, admissions associate], the caring certified nursing assistants and nurses and, of course, my wonderful cheering team from occupational and physical therapy!”


Webb returned home on July 4, truly happy to celebrate her independence in more ways than one!