Facility helps woman regain function

From left to right, are: Leisa Evans, occupational therapist assistant; Sandra Martin and Amanda Luttrell, physical therapist assistant.

Sandra Martin fell at home, fractured her back and sustained a large wound.

After surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Martin came to Life Care Center of Jefferson City for rehabilitation. When she arrived on Oct. 27, 2020, she needed total assistance for all her mobility and extensive assistance for her self-care, such as getting dressed and grooming herself.

Physical and occupational therapists worked with Martin to help her regain strength, independence and mobility. They used progressive resistive exercises with weights, as well as training in bed mobility, transfers (such as from a bed to a wheelchair) and gait. Transfer training began with a sliding board because her legs were so weak.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, she took part in treatments in her room, but therapists brought several pieces of equipment, including the parallel bars, to her room so she could benefit from the training.

Martin is now independent in her bed mobility, sitting balance and hygiene, and at a supervision level for walking, transfers, wheelchair mobility and standing balance. Her self-care has also improved.

“When I came in after surgery, I couldn’t do very much,” said Martin. “But after a couple of months, I was able to sit up, then stand up and finally walk with a walker. I want to give credit to all of therapy, CNAs and nurses. If it wasn’t for their guidance and help, I wouldn’t be returning home.”

She returned home on Feb. 4.