Left to right: Tiffany Ellis, occupational therapist assistant; Jetta McBee; and Sherri Baker, physical therapist assistant

On Nov. 2, 2018, Jetta McBee came to The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, for rehabilitation after breaking her right leg.

 

When she arrived, McBee needed maximum assistance to get around. She needed extensive assistance to bathe and get dressed and had some difficulty with cognition.

 

Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with her five days a week to help her reach her goal of returning to her independent living community. While speech therapists helped her regain her ability to think clearly, physical therapists focused on her mobility and strength, especially in her legs. Occupational therapists retrained her in her activities of daily living, working extensively on her upper-body strength and dexterity and teaching her how to use adaptive equipment to make self-care easier.

 

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about all the therapists,” said McBee. “They challenged and encouraged me so that I was able to succeed so that I could go home.”

 

On Feb. 8, 2019, McBee returned to her independent living apartment. She was able to dress herself and transfer from the bed to a wheelchair with supervision. She can now take care of herself independently and walk with supervision.