Left to right: Melody Jernigan, physical therapist assistant; Donald Pugh; and Renae Cataldo, occupational therapist assistant

A fall left Donald Pugh, a Woodbury, Tennessee resident, with a broken left arm and left leg.


Thankfully, rehabilitation at Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Tennessee, was able to help Pugh get back to independence.


Pugh came to the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on July 12, 2018, needing maximum assistance to take care of himself and get around. His cognition was impaired, and he needed some help with grooming, feeding himself, speaking, understanding language and swallowing.


Six days a week, Pugh met with physical, occupational and speech therapists, who worked with him toward reaching his goals. They used manual therapy, as well as other therapeutic interventions, to help him regain functional levels.


“Mr. Pugh was a highly motivated patient ready to do therapy every morning at 7 a.m.,” said Melody Jernigan, physical therapist assistant.


“I was a basket case when I got here,” said Pugh. “I could not even hold myself up. Now I am walking out of here alone. My stay was very productive.”


Pugh returned home, fully independent, on Oct. 31.