When sick sinus syndrome, a disorder of the heart’s rhythm, caused Mary Andrews to have a decline in function, she chose to come to Life Care Center of Columbia, Tennessee, for rehabilitation.
Andrews arrived on Oct. 7, 2019, unable to do much walking or much physical activity. Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with her five days a week to increase her independence. They used strengthening exercises as well as upper- and lower-body training on the NuStep® seated exercise machine to help her recover.
“I feel stronger since I had therapy,” Andrews said.
When she returned home to her husband on Nov. 20, she was able to walk 150 feet at a time with standby assistance. She was also at a standby level for transfers and bed mobility.