Vickie Lewis (middle) with her care team

On Sept. 27, 2017, Vickie Lewis came to Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee, for rehabilitation.


Lewis had been in the hospital with an infection and encephalopathy, or brain disease. When she arrived at the skilled nursing and rehab center, she was very weak and unable to take care of herself. She needed moderate assistance with walking and bathing and minimal assistance with standing, sitting, getting in and out of bed, grooming and getting dressed.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Lewis five days a week, using exercise machines to help strengthen her upper and lower body and build her endurance.


“Ms. Vickie worked hard with therapy, and her vivacious personality and positive energy always livened up a room,” said Kaveri Pant, director of rehab. “She even dyed her hair green for Halloween celebrations, which entertained staff and residents alike.”


Lewis made significant progress in her health and functional abilities and regained her independence in self-care and most of her mobility. She only required supervision for walking when she returned home on Nov. 15.