Michael Kervin with his adopted daughter and (left to right): Sharron Stimmell, occupational therapist assistant; Jean Kervin, his wife; Cameron Gilfillan, speech therapist; and Yvonne Delise, physical therapist

Michael Kervin’s spinal stenosis had caused damage to his spinal cord that has partially paralyzed him, but he wanted to be able to live at home with his wife and adopted daughter.


Life Care Center of Rhea County in Dayton, Tennessee, helped him do just that.


Kervin came to the facility on April 2, 2019, needing help with mobility, activities of daily living (such as dressing, bathing and grooming) and cognition.


Physical therapists worked with Kervin six days a week, teaching him ways to compensate for his condition. They helped him with wheelchair mobility and using a slide board to transfer from surface to surface, such as from bed to his wheelchair, wheelchair to car, etc.


Occupational therapists and speech therapists worked with Kervin five days a week. OTs helped him relearn his daily tasks, from brushing teeth to taking off his shoes and putting them on. STs addressed his cognitive deficits with a variety of memory aids, including a calendar.


“Mr. Kervin is a hard worker who is willing to consider any and all compensatory strategies to maximize function,” said Keith Collins, director of rehab.


Therapists did a home evaluation with Kervin and made some recommendations to help him be safe when he returned home with home health on June 14.


“I really appreciate these therapists,” said Kervin. “Their hard work allowed me to return home.”


Kervin began outpatient therapy at Life Care Center of Rhea County on July 15.