Sarah Sims suffers from COPD and anemia, both of which affect her ability to breathe adequately.
After her symptoms worsened, Sims was not able to get enough oxygen, so she was hospitalized. Following her time in the hospital, she was still experiencing shortness of breath, and walking and completing everyday tasks, like dressing and bathing, had become difficult for her.
Sims came to Life Care Center of Columbia, Tennessee, on Oct. 3, 2019, for rehabilitation.
Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with Sims to improve her condition. Physical therapists used strengthening exercises and special equipment to help her walk, occupational therapists focused on retraining Sims to complete her activities of daily living without assistance and speech therapists worked to reduce her shortness of breath.
After completing her therapies, Sims had improved substantially in every area. She went from walking under 15 feet to walking over 100 feet without a rest break. She could also perform everyday tasks with independence, and her shortness of breath had been lessened immensely.
“This has given me a new lease on life,” said Sims. “It has motivated me to do better in everyday life.”
Sims returned home, excited to be back with her family.
“My stay here was fantastic,” said Sims. “Everyone has been so nice.”