Lorraine Gessler, center, with Lina Palazzolo, occupational therapist assistant, left, and Shirla Kreilich, physical therapist assistant

After Lorraine Gessler fell and fractured her right femur, she needed rehabilitation before she could return to her home in Ballwin, Missouri.


Gessler came to The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, for physical, occupational and speech therapies on Oct. 25, 2016.


She was in rough shape. She couldn’t get out of bed without total assistance, and she required maximum assistance to get dressed. Because she couldn’t bear weight on her hip right away, walking was out of the question for a while. She was also experiencing difficulty thinking clearly and using language skills.


Therapists met with Gessler five times a week to help her regain as much independence as possible. The Omnicycle and NuStep® exercise machines helped her strengthen both her upper and lower body.


“Mrs. Gessler was very motivated during each therapy session and willing to do what she was instructed to do,” said Lina Palazzolo, occupational therapist assistant.


“The therapy team gave me courage to go on – that I could do it,” said Gessler. “I kept telling myself, ‘I can do it.’”


On Feb. 1, 2017, Gessler returned home with home health to live with her daughter.


Gessler was able to walk 12-30 feet with a four-wheeled walker and someone by her side, and she was able to move from one surface to another with just supervision. She could balance while sitting independently, and was thinking and communicating a lot more clearly.