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Life Care of Cape Girardeau helps man recover from shoulder surgery

In August 2016, Aaron Theriet was using his riding lawn mower when the machine malfunctioned and caused him to crash.

The impact tore Theriet’s rotator cuff about two inches. He already had surgery scheduled for bone spur arthritis, but the accident made things worse. He had rotator cuff surgery on Aug. 19.

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau honors associates for excellence

On Sept. 16, 2016, Executive Director Mamye Whitten and Director of Nursing J.J. Churchwell presented four awards to associates at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Sherry Horton, certified nursing assistant, was presented with the CNA of the Year Award, and Dana Tyler, staffing coordinator, was given the Team Spirit Award. These two annual awards recognize performance above and beyond associates’ job descriptions.

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau wins Keep Cape Beautiful award

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was selected as the Keep Cape Beautiful award winner for October 2017.

The honor is bestowed by the Keep Cape Beautiful Committee through the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, and winners are selected by committee members....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau participates in Alzheimer’s walk

On Sept. 16, 2017, Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Cape County Park North, Missouri.

A dozen associates joined a few hundred local residents in walking to show support of continued research for better treatment and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease...

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau honors annual award winners

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, recently honored associates who go above and beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities and demonstrate exceptional dedication and compassion to the community’s residents.

Johnny Sissom, maintenance assistant, was honored with the Team Spirit Award, and Mary Hines was named Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau’s Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau helps man reclaim independence

In May 2016, William Bess fell and injured his tail bone.

Bess was taken to the emergency room at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where four different viruses were found in his body. One of the viruses, methicillin resistant staphylococcus, resulted in two abscesses on his lower spine.

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau puts heart into Froman’s recovery

As someone who spent more than 30 years in the classroom and on the court as a basketball and volleyball coach, Mitchell Froman is no stranger to hard work and discipline.

So when his physician recommended inpatient therapy at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, after his triple heart bypass surgery, Froman knew what he had to do....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau helps amputee recover mobility

Barbara Hagerling is legally blind, diabetic, has leukemia and recently had her right leg amputated due to gangrene, but she still has dreams. 

Those dreams are closer to her reach thanks to rehabilitation at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Hagerling came to the skilled nursing and rehab center on May 23, 2016. She was in a lot of pain when she arrived and couldn’t sit or stand. She was also very discouraged.

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau helps woman walk

On May 3, 2016, Brenda Campbell fell.

While nothing was broken, Campbell suffered from myopathy, a neuromuscular disorder that causes muscle weakness, on top of her already existing medical condition with diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious condition that can lead to a diabetic coma.

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau rehab worth the distance for Evans

When you love someone, you want the best for them.

That’s how Geraldine Evans’ son felt when he was looking for inpatient rehab after his mother broke four ribs during a fall. And, it’s why he selected Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, about 50 miles from their home near Bloomfield, Missouri....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau patient met goals in life, rehab

81-year-old Don Dorris is a goal-setter. 

When he came to Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in June 2016 to recover from back surgery, he immediately set a goal to regain as much independence as possible and return home.

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau resident gets creative with sticks

You know what they say about idle hands being the devil’s workshop.

Ernest Adams doesn’t plan to let that happen. Instead, his hands stay busy in the workshop he’s set up in his room at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It’s here that the 92-year-old painstakingly builds birdhouses, playhouses and even garages out of brightly colored craft sticks....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau supports ombudsman conference

On June 10, 2016, Life Care Centers of America’s Missouri Region was proud to sponsor and support the St. Louis-area VOYCE Agency’s annual conference, “The Changing Landscape of Long-Term Care.”

“Because Life Care has 11 buildings throughout Missouri, it is necessary for us to be a vital part of the resources for seniors,” explained Donna Rohr, divisional director of business development.

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau helps Scott recover from broken hip

Sometimes in life it seems that irony jumps up and slaps you in the face.

That’s how Dean Scott felt when he and his son-in-law were building a wheelchair ramp for his wife after her hip replacement surgery. Scott fell and fractured his left hip....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau rehabs man after spine surgery

Alroy Kramer needed total assistance to walk, wheel himself in a wheelchair and get dressed when he arrived at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Jan. 27, 2017.

Kramer was very weak as the result of a spinal fusion surgery. He could not take care of himself, and his cognition and language skills were compromised....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau helps woman recover from broken leg

Retired grade school secretary Laverne Givens was living independently at home when she broke her right femur as a result of a fall.

After surgery, she came to Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for rehabilitation so she could get back to living her life. When she arrived on Dec. 28, 2016, she was unable to bear weight on her right leg, which meant she was unable to walk or transfer from one surface to another...

Broken hip can’t keep Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau patient down

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a broken hip is a serious thing – so serious that many seniors who break their hips are no longer able to live on their own.

For Joan VanCleve, however, a broken hip did not spell the end of her independence, thanks to rehabilitation at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau helps Douglas play piano again

For years, Marilyn Douglas has helped others give glory to God by playing the piano and organ at United Methodist Church in Malden, Missouri.

That changed when chronic back pain made sitting on the piano bench for an extended time too painful....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau helps man rehab after heart surgery

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, resident Floyd Hall received some disturbing news when he went to see a cardiologist.

Hall had been experiencing a cough that wouldn’t let up, and the physician diagnosed him with bronchitis and discovered that he was in need of mitral valve repair. Hall was told that he would need heart surgery or he would die.

Life Care of Cape Girardeau helps woman get home after spinal surgery

After having surgery for spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, in her lower back, Ilene Moore came to Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for rehabilitation

Moore’s goal was to get back to the independence she had been missing. When she arrived at the facility on Feb. 17, 2016, she needed help with standing and getting around, as well as several daily tasks (like getting dressed and bathing) that required bending.

King and Queen of Hearts crowned at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, celebrated Valentine’s Day 2016 with the Annual King and Queen of Hearts Luncheon and Coronation.

Residents, family members and associates were able to vote for the King and Queen ahead of time by placing their ballot in beautifully decorated boxes on each nursing unit. The votes were tallied, and Tracey Smith, activities assistant, announced the winners while the crowd watched with anticipation from the sidelines.

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau earns Medicare’s five-star rating

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The CMS ratings system is designed to assist the public in choosing care for their loved ones. It calculates the ratings based on results of health inspections, staffing and quality measures (including pain management, pressure ulcers, weight loss and falls).

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau rehabs woman after spinal fracture

On Oct. 3, 2016, Wilma Knowlton tripped on a throw rug in her house and fell hard on the floor, hitting a cabinet on the way down.

The accident resulted in a spinal fracture. Although Knowlton did not need surgery, she did require rehabilitation, and she came to Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Oct. 7, 2016.

Veteran at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau reflects on life and war

It is always an honor to serve our veterans, and Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was recently home to Jack Goggin, a World War II veteran.

Goggin recently shared his memories of the war and his life in general.

“Everyone who knows me calls me Jack,” Goggin said. “My name is Monte Vernon Goggin. They called me ‘Soup’ when I was small because I liked to eat bean soup."

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau helps Nall recover from blood clot

Retired band teacher Ronald Nall fell on his back while he was shopping at Walmart.

A few weeks later, Nall became very weak. A trip to the hospital revealed he had developed a large blood clot, which had traveled to his brain. After being treated at the hospital, he came to Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau for rehabilitation.