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Lorenz makes great strides at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau

Left to right: Jessica Baremore, physical therapist assistant; Berniece Lorenz; and Allison Nussbaum, occupational therapist

For nearly 80 years, Berniece Lorenz, 90, has played the organ at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown, Missouri, but when she didn’t come to the door one Sunday morning, her neighbor knew something was wrong....

Buelow heals from spinal surgery at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau

Left to right: Jamie Cochrane, physical therapist; Allison Nussbaum, occupational therapist; Marlin Buelow; and Tyler Majors, physical therapist

When Marlin Buelow came to Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, after surgery for spinal stenosis in the lumbar region of his back, he knew exactly what he needed to do.

“My grandson is a doctor of physical therapy, so he clued me in on what this was going to be like and what I would need to do,” said the 80-year-old Vietnam veteran....

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau gets Cox back on her feet

Jamie Cochrane, physical therapist, with Wanda Cox

In 2017, Wanda Cox moved off the farm where she and her husband had raised their family and the quarter horses they used to show to a duplex in a nearby town.

It was a tough adjustment, but it was going relatively well until she fell about three weeks after the move and broke her right hip....

Wound care, rehab at Life Care of Cape Girardeau help young man heal

Left to right: Jackie Twidwell, wound nurse; Tracy Whitlow; Craig Ringwald, physical therapist assistant; and Megan Tolson, occupational therapist assistant

Tracy Whitlow likes to be on the go.

The 36-year-old assembles parts for Briggs & Stratton engines at the Butler County Sheltered Workshop in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and stays involved in the community.

He has not allowed himself to be defined or limited by his myelomeningocele spina bifida...

Community activist finds recovery at Life Care of Cape Girardeau

Left to right: Abbey Hill, occupational therapy student; Valeria Tuschoff; and Allison Nussbaum, occupational therapist

Valeria Tuschhoff, of Jackson, Missouri, is one of those people who routinely helps others.

At 82, Tuschhoff volunteers at the family information desk in the surgery department at nearby St. Francis Medical Center; she works one day a week dispensing food at the Jackson Food Pantry...

Life Care of Cape Girardeau helps former CNA regain independence

Left to right: Jackie Twidwell, wound nurse; Craig Ringwald, physical therapist assistant; Willie Mae Hunt; and Megan Tolson, occupational therapist assistant

As someone who has raised 11 children, worked in farm fields and was an aide in a nursing home for more than 20 years, Willie Mae Hunt knows a thing or two about hard work and perseverance.

Hunt put those skills to work when she stayed at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, following a period of weakness, falls and significant weight loss....

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

Left to right: Darrell Hicks, physical therapist assistant; Mitchell Froman; and Josh Tolson, occupational therapist assistant

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 rehab worth the distance for Evans

Left to right: Jennifer Hinkebein, physical therapist; Geraldine Evans; and Kimberley Davidson, physical therapist assistant

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 helps Scott recover from broken hip

Dean Scott with Jennifer Hinkelbein, physical therapist, and Craig Ringwald, physical therapist assistant

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 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....

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

Laverne Givens, right, with Jennifer Hinkelbein, physical therapist

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...

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau helps Douglas play piano again

Marilyn Douglas at the piano

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 rehabs woman after spinal fracture

Wilma Knowlton with James Cochran, physical therapist

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

Jack Goggin with Darrell Hicks, physical therapist assistant

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

Left to right: Kimberley Daniels, physical therapist assistant; Josh Tolson, occupational therapist assistant; Ronald Nall; and Blake Larkowski, speech therapist

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.