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Hicks recovers from cellulitis at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

On Aug. 2, 2018, JoAnn Hicks came to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, for rehabilitation after suffering from a cellulitis infection and wound neuropathy.

A little over a month later, on Oct. 9, Hicks returned home much more able to take care of herself...

Life Care Center of Banner Elk helps Cook recover from broken leg

When Lonnie Cook broke his left leg in a fall, he chose to come to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, to do his rehabilitation.

When he arrived on June 6, 2018, Cook was unable to walk, stand or wheel himself in a wheelchair...

Holtsclaw gets back on her feet at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

Della Holtsclaw needed help getting back to her normal level of function after having her second total knee replacement this spring.

When Holtsclaw arrived at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, on May 18, 2018, she needed moderate assistance to get dressed and get in and out of bed...

Outpatient finds rehab success at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, serves not only long-term care patients and short-term inpatients but also outpatients who come to the facility a few days a week for rehabilitation sessions.

One such patient is Constance Bowen, a resident of nearby Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Bowen had a total right knee replacement and began physical therapy sessions at Life Care on April 6, 2018...

Life Care Center of Banner Elk helps Prothman recover from fractures

A compression fracture in her lumbar vertebrae led Florence Prothman to seek rehabilitation at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina.

“When I got here, I was in excruciating pain,” Prothman remembered. “I have never had that kind of pain! Now I have no pain.” ...

Traveling zoo visits Life Care Center of Banner Elk

It was Wild Animal Wednesday on May 16, 2018, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina.

A Zoo for You, a traveling zoo, brought seven animals to visit with residents: a cow, a sheep, a mama goat and its baby, an alpaca, a llama, a rabbit and a pig....

Knee replacement patient recovers at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

With the cartilage in her left knee worn down to almost bone on bone, Boone, North Carolina, resident Karol Coley knew it was time to have a total knee replacement.

To recover from the surgery, Coley chose to come to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, for physical and occupational therapies....

Life Care Center of Banner Elk helps Johnson get home to his wife

Richard Johnson suffered numerous falls at home because of progressing dementia.

Although he lived at home with his wife, he began to need more assistance than she could provide alone, so on Feb. 15, 2018, Johnson came to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, for rehabilitation....

Life Care Center of Banner Elk helps Gillham recover after fall

After a fall at home, Beech Mountain, North Carolina, resident Carol Gillham was too weak to live independently.

When Gillham came to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, for rehabilitation, she had encephalopathy and needed some assistance with her mobility and several of her activities of daily living, including bathing and getting dressed...

Hip fracture patient gets better at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

Lucille Markland came to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, for rehabilitation after a hip fracture.

Markland needed extensive assistance to walk, roll over in bed, get in and out of chairs and manage her medications when she arrived on Jan. 16, 2019...

Life Care Center of Banner Elk earns deficiency-free state survey

Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, recently achieved a deficiency-free state survey for the third time in five years.

To pass the state survey each year, nursing facilities must meet hundreds of criteria. These address not only nursing care and resident safety, but also patients’ rights, food services, administration and the condition of the building....

Life Care Center of Banner Elk celebrates the 12 days of Christmas

Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, celebrated the 2018 holiday season with 12 Days of Christmas.

The fun started on Dec. 17 and continued until New Year’s Day. Residents participated in activities, including ornament decorating, pin-the-heart-on-the-Grinch and holiday bingo...

Hip replacement patient regains independence with Life Care rehab

Joann Miller came to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, on Dec. 14, 2018, to rehabilitate after having a hip replacement. 

When Miller arrived, she needed help with walking, getting in and out of bed, standing up and sitting down, balance, grooming, bathing and getting dressed...

Life Care Center of Banner Elk helps Kemp recover after lumbar surgery

After being diagnosed with spinal stenosis and undergoing lumbar surgery in April 2018, Jerry Kemp began outpatient physical therapy at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina.

When he first arrived, he needed moderate assistance with basic activities. But through physical therapy, Kemp greatly improved his mobility and independence...