Martha Collins prepares to return home, with Lea Potter, physical therapist, center, and Renee Hay, occupational therapist assistant

After a stay at Parkwest Medical Center due to respiratory failure because of the flu, Wartburg, Tennessee, resident Martha Collins needed rehabilitation before she could return home independently.


Collins took the next step in her recovery by coming to Life Care Center of Morgan County in Wartburg for physical and occupational therapies. When she arrived on March 20, 2018, she needed total assistance to transfer from one surface to another and extensive assistance to balance while standing and bathing. She also needed help with walking, bed mobility and getting dressed.


Six days a week for two weeks, Collins took part in physical and occupational therapies. Physical therapists used the NuStep® seated exercise machine to help her increase her strength and range of motion, and they trained her in walking with a walker. Occupational therapists helped her relearn home management tasks.


“The staff here at Life Care took wonderful care of me,” said Collins. “I’m so glad I’m going home so fast.”


Collins returned home on April 4, independent once again both in her mobility and in her ability to take care of herself.