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

Jan Lund

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

Vestibular Disorder

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...

Keasey recovers from surgery at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

Joy Keasey

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...

Life Care Center of Banner Elk helps Gillham recover after fall

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...

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

Lucille Markland

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...

Hip replacement patient regains independence with Life Care rehab

Melissa Moody, occupational therapist assistant, with Joann Miller

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

“I have better posture now.” – Jerry Kemp

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...

Hicks recovers from cellulitis at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

Casey Perry, physical therapist assistant, with JoAnn Hicks

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

Left to right: Melissa Moody, occupational therapist assistant; Lonnie Cook; and Lisa Reynolds, physical therapist assistant

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

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

“PT has given me confidence and enabled me to finally kick the cane.”

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

Lisa Reynolds, physical therapist assistant, with Florence Prothman

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.” ...

Knee replacement patient recovers at Life Care Center of Banner Elk

Knee stock photo

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....