Carol Gillham with Lisa Reynolds, physical therapist assistant

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. She also had some trouble with memory.


Physical therapists worked with Gillham seven days a week to increase her lower-body and core strength, as well as balance and gait. They used the Omnicycle exercise machine and Biodex balance tools to help her reach her goals.


Occupational therapists focused on helping Gillham restore upper-body strength and self-care skills. They met with her five days a week.


Speech therapy helped Gillham with memory strategies.


When Gillham returned home on April 15, 2019, she was able to take care of herself with some help from family.