Left to right: Jennifer Crawford, occupational therapist; Gloria Bledsoe; Jessica Story, physical therapist; and Shelley Carroll, speech-language pathologist

After a stay in the hospital, Gloria Bledsoe came to Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee, for rehabilitation on July 30, 2019.


Bledsoe had suffered from congestive heart failure, which refers to the slowing of blood flow throughout the body, and was experiencing shortness of breath and general weakness as a result.


Upon arrival to the facility, Bledsoe had difficulty walking, transferring (such as getting out of bed) and balancing. She also could not complete activities of daily living, such as dressing and bathing, without assistance, and she had trouble swallowing.


Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked to help Bledsoe recover. Physical therapists used strengthening exercises and equipment to help improve her mobility, occupational therapists helped her become more independent in completing everyday tasks and speech therapists worked to help her recover her swallowing ability.


Bledsoe completed therapy on Aug. 19, and she had improved substantially in all areas. Upon completion, she had regained her balance and could walk and transfer without assistance. She could also complete all of her activities of daily living, requiring only supervision and minimal assistance for some, and she could swallow solid foods with less difficulty.


“I feel so much better, and I am ready to go home.” said Bledsoe. “Thank you to everyone who helped me. Everyone was great.”