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After surgery, Grace Fuller was suffering from muscle weakness and loss of balance, and she couldn’t walk or complete daily self-care tasks without assistance.


On July 19, 2019, Fuller came to Life Care Center of Crossville, Tennessee, for rehabilitation.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Fuller to help her regain her strength and independence. Physical therapists used exercises and equipment, including a stationary bike, balance training and gait training with a walker, to help her strengthen her muscles and regain her balance. Occupational therapists focused on helping her complete her activities of daily living, such as dressing and bathing, with independence.


“Grace’s attitude was made for her to be successful from the start,” said Mercedes Johnson, occupational therapist. “She was eager to get to work and gave it her all.”


On July 31, 2019, Fuller completed therapy. Upon completion, she had regained her balance and could walk without assistance. She could also complete all of her hygiene tasks, only requiring standby assistance for some.


“[The therapists] helped me be able to move better and use muscles I haven’t been able to use in years,” said Fuller.


After therapy, Fuller returned home, satisfied with her time at Life Care Center of Crossville.


“If it wasn’t for these nurses and CNAs I don’t know where I’d be,” said Fuller. “It’s unbelievable how great everyone is and how kind they are.”

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