Left to right: Michelle Hembree, occupational therapist; Kathy Steelman, certified nursing assistant; Nancy Robinson; and Sarah Young, physical therapist

Nancy Robinson, a retired licensed practical nurse, had to have a total knee replacement surgery.


After having the procedure done at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, she came to Life Care Center of Morgan County in Wartburg, Tennessee, for rehabilitation on Nov. 10, 2017.


“I wasn’t worried at all about the care I would receive here,” said Robinson. “I’d seen how great it was firsthand with my husband.”


When she arrived, Robinson needed extensive assistance to bathe and get dressed because of her after-surgery needs. She also needed moderate assistance to get in and out of bed, stand up and use a wheelchair. She could only walk about 5 feet.


As part of Life Care’s Ready… Set… Go! program, Robinson worked with physical and occupational therapists seven days a week to increase her strength, balance and ability to take care of herself. In addition to traditional therapy exercises, physical therapists had her use the NuStep® exercise machine for knee conditioning and strengthening, as she pedaled with increasing resistance. The OT team had her use the Omnicycle machine to strengthen her upper body by using the arm cranks.


Robinson regained her independence in self-care and returned to her Wartburg home on Nov. 27. She was able to walk up to 200 feet at a time and needed minimal assistance with standing and bed mobility.


“Thank you, Life Care,” said Robinson. “I wouldn’t go anywhere else but here.”


She is continuing therapy as an outpatient to increase her mobility.