Left to right: Hannah Crittendon, occupational therapist assistant; Johnny Harrison; and Elizabeth Dowdy, physical therapist assistant

After falling at home and injuring his head, Bardwell, Kentucky, resident Johnny Harrison was hospitalized for an intracranial hemorrhage.


Harrison came to Life Care Center of La Center, Kentucky, on July 18, 2019, for rehabilitation with a goal of returning home stronger. When he arrived, he needed a lot of assistance with his daily self-care skills – including bathing and getting dressed – and with his mobility. The hemorrhage also caused some temporary cognitive and vision deficits.


While speech therapists addressed Harrison’s thinking skills and vision, occupational therapists worked on retraining him in his activities of daily living, and physical therapists used gait and balance training to help him get around better. Neuromuscular reeducation also helped him regain movement.


“Everything was excellent,” said Harrison. “The food was good, and the staff was kind. They always took time to see how my day was going and made sure I had everything I needed. The therapists made sure I was ready to get back home on my own. I couldn’t have asked for more kind, caring and compassionate people.”


Harrison completed therapy on Aug. 12 and returned home. He has improved in all areas and is independent once again.


“Mr. Harrison always demonstrated a positive attitude and worked hard to achieve his goals to get back home,” said Emily Spencer, director of rehab.