Left to right: Renae Cataldo, occupational therapist assistant; Constance Clouser; Diana Conner, physical therapist; and Debbie Hix, speech therapist

Atrial fibrillation sent Tullahoma, Tennessee, resident Constance Clouser to the hospital in March 2018, and she needed rehabilitation before she could return home.


Clouser needed extensive assistance with medication management and moderate assistance with bathing, cognition, walking, bed mobility, transfers and standing balance when she arrived at Life Care Center of Tullahoma on March 7. She also needed some assistance with sitting balance and getting dressed.


Physical, occupational and speech therapists all played a role in Clouser’s recovery as she took part in therapy sessions six days a week.


Speech therapists addressed Clouser’s cognitive and language skills and helped her get back to her prior level of function in those areas. They also used VitalStim® electrical stimulation to help her strengthen her swallowing.


Occupational therapists helped Clouser relearn her activities of daily living, getting her back to normal function in hygiene, bathing, dressing and medicine management.


Physical therapists worked with her on basic strengthening exercises and also used manual therapy to help her be able to get around independently and balance safely again.


“Constance worked hard in therapy and was cooperative with her plan of care,” said Diana Conner, physical therapist. “She was always willing to work hard to achieve her goals.”


Clouser returned home independently on June 13.


“Therapy improved my speech pattern, my walking ability and aided in completing the tasks given to me,” Clouser said. “It also helped me socially and was helpful in strengthening me physically and mentally, giving me the motivation I needed.”