Joan Alexander with Tosha Johnson, occupational therapist assistant, left, and Diana Conner, physical therapist, right

After fracturing her pelvis, Joan Alexander decided to come to Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to do her rehabilitation.


Upon evaluation, Alexander needed extensive assistance with bathing and dressing and moderate assistance with all of her mobility. She was also experiencing some confusion and difficulty swallowing.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Alexander six days a week to help her regain her independence. Physical therapists focused on gait, range of motion, balance and strength. They used manual therapy to help accomplish these goals. Occupational therapists centered their care on helping her be able to take care of herself again, and speech therapists worked with her five days a week on cognition and swallowing.


“Mrs. Joan worked hard every day, giving therapy 100-percent effort,” said Kelly Hendrixson, physical therapist. “She was willing to attempt everything asked of her.”


Alexander shared, “Therapy, to me, is the best help because you focus on the things you need to do to go home. My stay here was helpful. I learned a lot of things that I will take home with me.”


She was independent with her mobility when she returned to her assisted living facility on April 30, 2019. She is now able to take care of herself, swallow safely and walk with a rolling walker.