Left to right: Kaveri Pant, director of rehab; Jessica Story, physical therapist; Jane Archer; and Megan Crawford, occupational therapist assistant

Jane Archer went from bedbound to independent after a little more than a month of rehab at Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee.


Archer experienced a brain bleed, which led to respiratory failure and loss of function. She came to Life Care Center of Elizabethton on Oct. 19, 2017, with no mobility and completely unable to take care of herself. She couldn’t swallow, either, and had difficulty with cognition and speech.


All three therapy disciplines got working with Archer – physical, occupational and speech – to get her back to her old self and get her home. Physical and occupational therapists used the NuStep®, Omnicycle and Neurogym® exercise tools to help her regain strength, while speech therapists used neuromuscular electrical stimulation and therapeutic exercises to help her swallow.


Within a few weeks of intensive therapy, Archer made tremendous progress in all areas. She was able to walk with assistance, participate in her activities of daily living and eat normally again.


“I have enjoyed therapy, and it has helped me a lot in getting me independent,” said Archer. “I am ready to go home now.”


Archer returned home independently on Nov. 29, 2017.