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Teacher regains independence at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau

Left to right: Darrell Hicks, physical therapist assistant; Delores Bailiff; and Randi Dirnberger, occupational therapist assistant

When it comes to learning something new, Delores Bailiff, a longtime educator, is more accustomed to being on the teaching end of the equation rather than the pupil.

However, after a recent illness and hospital stay, she found she had to relearn many of the things she had done before without even thinking about them...

Life Care of Cape Girardeau helps Tanner-Camp recover from broken leg

Left to right: Bethany Stewart, occupational therapist assistant; Annette Tanner-Camp; and Heather Gaines, occupational therapist

When Annette Tanner-Camp looks back over her two-month stay at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, she marvels at how far she’s come. 

A fall and a broken leg may have precipitated the skilled nursing stay, but other health issues also needed to be addressed...

Competitiveness helps woman heal at Life Care of Cape Girardeau

Jordan Ratliff, occupational therapist assistant; Krysten English, a student with the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center; and Heather Gaines, occupational therapist, laugh with Molly Price about her determination to break the AlterG® treadmill record.

When Molly Price came to Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, after falling at home and fracturing her right femur, she hoped she would be able to start walking again. What she found is that she gained a lot more.

 “She’s a hard worker,” said Heather Gaines, occupational therapist...

High school students visit Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau

Peggy Matthew, right, talking with a high school student

Local high school students from Thomas W. Kelly High School in Benton, Missouri, visited residents from Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau on Nov. 7, 2018.

“The students can learn a lot from the residents,” said Andrea Smith, family and consumer sciences instructor for the Future Career and Community Leaders of America Club...

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....