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Agnes Burnette has congestive heart failure, a disease that affects her heart’s ability to pump blood adequately.


After her condition became exacerbated and her symptoms worsened, Burnette went to the hospital. Following hospitalization, her symptoms returned to normal, but her time spent in bed during recovery caused her to lose other functions. Specifically, she could not walk, balance or transfer, such as from her bed to a chair, without assistance, and she needed help completing activities of daily living like dressing and bathing.


Burnette came to Life Care Center of Crossville on Aug. 23, 2019, for rehabilitation.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Burnette to help her regain independence. Physical therapists used strengthening exercises and equipment, such as an OmniCycle®, to increase her mobility, while occupational therapists focused on retraining her in everyday tasks.


Burnette completed therapy on Aug. 30, and she had recovered significantly. She could balance, walk and transfer without assistance, and she could complete activities of daily living with independence. Her success is due to both her skilled team of therapists and her personal determination.


“Her attitude and desire to participate made her success a reality,” said Mercedes Johnson, occupational therapist.


After therapy, Burnette returned to her assisted living facility.


“Therapy was outstanding and worked with me daily,” said Burnette. “If you work with [the therapists at Life Care Center of Crossville], you can accomplish anything.”