Left to right: Renee Varadaya, physical therapist assistant; Rena Marsh; Michelle Hembree,  occupational therapist; and Luanna Vycus, speech therapist

Rena Marsh, a resident of Oliver Springs, Tennessee, came to Life Care Center of Morgan County in Wartburg, Tennessee, on July 19, 2018, in need of assistance to regain her strength after chemotherapy.


Upon her admission to the facility, Marsh required maximum assistance when walking and getting in and out of bed. She also received wound care for a cutaneous abscess that had been further limiting her mobility. Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with Marsh to help restore her strength and independence.


Physical therapists used equipment such as the Nustep® and Omnicycle® seated exercise machines and Biodex balance machine to rebuild Marsh’s muscles and improve her balance. Occupational therapists retrained Marsh in daily self-care tasks, such as washing dishes, doing laundry and cooking meals, while speech therapists worked with her to learn safe swallowing techniques and improve general cognition.


“It was remarkable to watch the progress she made while here,” said Sarah Young, physical therapist. “She was so weak and wanted to give up, but she soon realized that there was plenty of fight and strength left in her. I’m so proud of Rena.”


In just a month, Marsh was almost completely independent and needed very little assistance with walking, bed transfers and daily activities.


“I am so happy with the service and treatment I received here at Life Care,” said Marsh. “I can’t believe I’m walking out of here. Thank you so much, Life Care Center of Morgan County!”


Marsh was discharged on Aug. 22, 2018, and has returned to all of her normal daily activities.