Left to right: Raina Bledsoe, physical therapist assistant; Linn Bearden; and Aaron Mick, occupational therapist assistant

Linn Bearden wasn’t able to do much after heart surgery and cervical fusion.


The 61-year-old came to Life Care Center of La Center, Kentucky, on Oct. 21, 2019, for physical, occupational and speech therapies to help him regain his independence. When Bearden arrived, he was experiencing some confusion and needed total assistance with lower-body dressing and maximum assistance with his mobility and activities of daily life, such as bathing.


While speech therapists helped Bearden think clearly again with cognitive therapy, the occupational therapy team addressed his ability to take care of his hygiene and grooming tasks. Physical therapists focused on strengthening and gait training to help him get back on his feet and get around. Neuromuscular reeducation helped him with big and little movements.


“Mr. Bearden worked hard every day to achieve his goals,” said Shea Bledsoe, physical therapist assistant.


“The therapy was great,” Bearden shared. “I can now get up on my own and get dressed. I’m excited to be home in time for Christmas!”


On Dec. 19, Bearden returned home, able to complete his daily self-care and get around with supervision.