Pamela Loeffler with (left to right): Abby Cracchiolo, speech therapist; Shirla Kreilich, physical therapist assistant; and Katie Strawbridge, occupational therapist

Pamela Loeffler found herself facing severe muscle weakness due to hydronephrosis, a swelling of the kidney.


Loeffler was unable to get in and out of bed and required extensive assistance to bathe and get dressed when she arrived at The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, on Jan. 23, 2019. She needed help with many of her daily self-care tasks as well and needed some help to walk with a walker. She also experienced some confusion.


Speech therapists helped Loeffler think clearly again, while physical and occupational therapists worked with her to increase her strength, mobility and independence. Therapists used diathermy treatments to lower her pain, and the Omnicycle exercise machine helped her increase strength and endurance.


“Pam demonstrated a very positive attitude toward achieving her therapy goals and always worked very hard in all of her therapy sessions,” said Katie Strawbridge, occupational therapist.


Loeffler completed therapy on Feb. 26 and returned home to Lake Saint Louis. When she left, she had normal cognition, was walking 20 feet with a walker under supervision and go up and down three steps.


"Everyone from medical staff to the PT and OT people were helpful and practical,” said Loeffler. “I can get up from the bed with the walker. I can dress myself again. I am still improving! I can’t say enough good things about them all.”