William Fenner with Bottney Wilson, physical therapist assistant, left, and Sandra Sloan, occupational therapist

After suffering from acute kidney failure, William Fenner came to Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee, on Sept. 17, 2019, with weakness and difficulty walking.


When he arrived, he needed extensive assistance for daily tasks like bathing and getting dressed, as well as moderate assistance with balance, bed mobility, transfers and grooming.


Physical and occupational therapists focused on strengthening, transfers and personal care. PT worked primarily on his lower-body strength, while OT addressed upper-body training. Fenner worked hard and made a lot of progress.


Fenner drove himself home on Oct. 5, independent in sitting balance and hygiene tasks. He needed only supervision for walking, transfers and bed mobility, and minimum assistance for standing balance, bathing and dressing.


“This is the best therapy team that I have seen,” said Fenner. “They truly care for their patients and make therapy fun.”