Left to right: Mary Bland, speech therapist; Shirla Kreilich, physical therapist assistant; Gloria Burr, resident; and Lina Palazzolo, certified occupational therapy assistant

Gloria Burr came to The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, on Oct. 12, 2016, with a brand new set of hips, but also a new slew of post-surgery limitations.


Following her total hip replacement, Burr needed maximum assistance with mobility and transferring from sitting to standing positions. She was only able to walk 18 feet with a wheeled walker and was at a high risk for falling.


Burr met with physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists seven times a week to work on walking, balancing, upper-body strength and cognition. Therapists used the NuStep®, a low-impact, full-body cardio and strength-building machine, to take her rehab to the next level.


“Through motivation and hard work, Gloria was able to regain her independence and return home,” said Allison Buehrle, physical therapist.


Less than a month after her arrival, Burr was able to walk 150 feet with a wheeled walker, perform necessary daily activities, sit and stand independently and had reduced her fall risk. She was able to return home to her husband on Nov. 9.


“I received lots of therapy that not only helped me for the present but also the future,” said Burr. “The therapy ladies I had were the best! All had a warm and friendly attitude and were efficient and honest.”