James Shields with Soledad Sepulveda, physical therapist

James Shields required rehabilitation after suffering from pleural effusion, a buildup of fluid in the tissues between the lungs and the chest cavity.


When he arrived at Life Care Center of Morgan County in Wartburg, Tennessee, on March 20, 2018, Shields needed moderate assistance with bathing and minimal assistance with grooming, walking, bed mobility and transferring from one surface to another (such as from a bed to a chair).


Physical therapists worked with Shields on gait training, balance training, safety awareness and compensatory strategies, while occupational therapists helped him with retraining on activities of daily living, transfers, standing up and home management skills.


“I want to thank all the therapists and nurses at Life Care for the great care I received,” said Shields.


On April 6, Shields returned home fully independent.