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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...

Whatever It Takes And Then Some Winners - June 2019

Julie Ward, human resources, payroll and accounting clerk at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, cut out, taped and laminated “credit cards” for a resident with dementia who was often upset when she couldn’t find her credit cards...

Lund walking well again after rehab at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

Jan Lund developed cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the skin, in her leg, which impaired her mobility.

Lund came to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, for rehabilitation, on June 25, 2019. She needed help to walk and bathe herself, as well as to balance while standing...

Life Care Center of Banner Elk helps Hatch get rid of dizziness

On June 18, 2019, Debra Hatch came to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which refers to brief episodes of dizziness and nausea following changes in head position.

Hatch had been experiencing these incidents of vertigo frequently for the past five years...

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.” ...

Keasey recovers from surgery at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

A femoral surgery after suffering an embolism in her leg led Joy Keasey to require rehabilitation.

Keasey was very weak when she arrived at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, on March 14, 2019. She needed moderate assistance with bed mobility, bathing and dressing, as well as some assistance with walking, grooming, medication management, standing balance and transfers...

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 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 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...