Left to right: Jennifer Crawford, occupational therapist; Megan Crawford, occupational therapist assistant, with facility cat Phil; James Murray; and physical therapist assistants Hannah Johnson and Bottney Wilson

On Aug. 23, 2019, James “Jim” Murray came to Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee, for rehabilitation after having a stent put in for coronary artery disease.


The surgery had left Murray weak, and he had difficulty walking. He also needed extensive assistance to get in and out of bed and get dressed, moderate assistance for bed mobility and some help with balance and wheelchair mobility.


Murray took part in physical and occupational therapies. Therapists taught him strengthening and balance exercises and had him use specialty exercise equipment, including the NuStep® and OmniCycle® machines. They also did transfer training and activities of daily living training.


Family members were actively involved in Murray’s rehabilitation, especially his wife, Nancy, and learned how to assist with his care for when he returned home.


“We truly appreciate all the help and hard work of the nursing and therapy staff in helping Jim get better and be able to go home,” said Nancy. “Everyone was very kind, and it felt like home. Phil [the facility cat] made our stay even more special.”


Murray went home on Sept. 12 with improved stamina and strength. He was at a supervision level for most of his mobility and had improved in his activities of daily living.