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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....

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

“He loved coming to therapy, and as his mobility improved, he would come to the gym independently to sit and watch others.”

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 outpatient use arm again

Katherine Liveakos with Elizabeth Goode, director of rehab services

Katherine Liveakos was an active retiree who enjoyed gardening when left shoulder pain started hampering her independence.

Liveakos chose to do outpatient physical therapy at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, and began rehab on Feb. 28, 2018....

Polio patient recovers from hip surgery at Life Care of Banner Elk

Opal Lee with Melissa Moody, physical therapist assistant

While polio has mostly disappeared from this country, for Opal Lee, the disease is a daily reality.

Lee, 78, has lived with polio since she was a child. In November 2017, she had to have a hip replacement revision to repair her hip prosthesis. She came to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, on Dec. 1 for therapy....