Left to right: Brenda Harris, occupational therapist; Kristina McCuiston and Sherry McGuire, physical therapist assistants; James Jenkins; Russell Wright, occupational therapist assistant; and Jennifer Conner, PTA

After repeated falls and an exacerbation of congestive heart failure, James Jenkins was weak and in need of rehabilitation before he could return home from the hospital to live with his daughter, who works during the day.


Jenkins came to Life Care Center of Rhea County in Dayton, Tennessee, on Aug. 20, 2018, for specialized rehab and nursing care to help him get stronger and more independent. When he arrived, he needed moderate assistance with standing and bathing, as well as some help with walking, bed mobility, getting in and out of bed, sitting balance, getting dressed and handling daily grooming tasks.


Six days a week, the physical therapy team worked with Jenkins on strength and balance. Therapists led him in core/trunk strengthening exercises and high-level balance challenge activities, as well as gait training. A few weeks later, tests showed he was no longer at a high fall risk and was able to handle his mobility independently.


Occupational therapists worked with Jenkins five days a week, helping him relearn his self-care tasks through careful practice. He was able to perform all his activities of daily living without assistance by the time he was ready to return home on Sept. 1.


“The team at Life Care Center of Rhea County got me back on my feet and back home,” said Jenkins. “I couldn’t have done it without them. Everyone was so kind, helpful and friendly.”


Jenkins continued making progress even after he went home, taking part in outpatient therapy at the facility a few times a week until Oct. 12. Now, he comes by just to visit the friends he has made.