Alroy Kramer with Josh Tolson, occupational therapist assistant

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.


Therapists evaluated Kramer and started him on physical, occupational and speech therapies five times a week. Physical therapists worked with him on strengthening exercises, including using the Omnicycle® seated exercise machine to build stamina. As he got stronger, they also did gait training with him.


Occupational therapists focused on helping Kramer with his activities of daily life, such as hygiene and bathing and feeding himself. Through their training, he was able to do most of these tasks independently again.


Speech therapists helped Kramer think clearly and process information and language.


“Mr. Kramer was determined to get home,” said Craig Ringwald, physical therapist assistant. “He worked hard toward his goals and should do well at home.”


“He tried very hard to improve in all areas,” added Josh Tolson, occupational therapist assistant.


Kramer also credited his therapists for his recovery.


“They were determined to get me to work hard,” he said. “I had excellent care.”


Kramer went home on May 19, much more independent and able to walk with assistance.