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Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau resident gets creative with sticks

Ernest Adams with some of his craft stick structures

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 of Cape Girardeau helps man recover from shoulder surgery

Aaron Theriet with James Cochrane, physical therapist

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 helps man reclaim independence

William Bess with Kimberley Davidson, physical therapist, and Fortunato Alipala, occupational therapist

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 helps woman walk

Brenda Campbell with Heather Gaines, physical therapist

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 helps amputee recover mobility

Barbara Hagerling

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 patient met goals in life, rehab

Don Dorris

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.

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

Joan VanCleve

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 man rehab after heart surgery

Floyd Hall with Kimberley Davidson, physical therapist assistant

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

Ilene Moore with Charly Essner, speech therapist (left) and Jessica Baremore, physical therapist assistant

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.