Left to right: Sandra, Slone, occupational therapist; Jo Peters; and Jennifer Crawford, occupational therapist

Jo Peters suffered a transient cerebral ischemic attack, or mini-stroke, which led to general weakness.


Peters came to Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee, on Nov. 1, 2017, for rehabilitation. She required moderate assistance with bathing and minimal assistance with walking, bed mobility, transferring from one surface to another, sitting, standing, grooming and getting dressed.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Peters five days a week to increase her strength, endurance, balance and ability to take care of herself. She used the Omnicycle and NuStep® exercise machines for strengthening, and OT also trained her to use adaptive equipment (such as a sock aid and reacher) for help with her activities of daily living. They worked on her gait and balance while doing functional activities like cooking and cleaning.


“I love all my therapy girls and nurses,” said Peters. “I have enjoyed my stay and feel stronger and ready to go home.”


Peters returned home fully independent on Nov. 15.