Left to right: Aaron Mick, occupational therapist assistant; Francis Garber; and Raina Bledsoe, physical therapist assistant

After a fall in the community, Francis Garber suffered a femur fracture and had to get a total hip replacement on her left side.


When Garber arrived at Life Care Center of La Center, Kentucky, on Sept. 11, she needed moderate assistance with getting dressed, bathing and other daily tasks. Because of post-surgery hip pain, she also needed a moderate amount of help regaining her balance to be able to walk independently again.


Garber was determined to get back to normal. During her rehabilitation period, Garber took part in physical, occupational and speech therapies. Therapists used neurological re-education, activities of daily living retraining and cognitive training to help Garber achieve her goal of becoming independent.


“Ms. Garber worked hard during all of her therapy sessions,” said Raina Bledsoe, physical therapist assistant. “Her positive attitude never failed, and it helped her achieve her goal of independence.”


Garber is now able to complete tasks like light housekeeping and medicine management with modified independence. Additionally, Garber was able to get in and out of bed and be mobile with little assistance by the time she went home on Sept. 30.


“Therapy helped me walk on my own again,” said Garber. “Associates made sure my stay was excellent. They were kind, and they always prioritized my comfort.”