Left to right: Shirla Krelich, physical therapist assistant; Pamela Martin; Katie Strawbridge, occupational therapist; and Mary Bland, speech therapist

An automobile accident fractured Pamela Martin’s left fibula, the small bone in the calf area of the leg, and she came to The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, for rehabilitation.

 

When Martin arrived on Dec. 7, 2016, she needed assistance with walking, bed mobility, standing, bathing, getting dressed and transferring from one surface to another. She also had some confusion. But she had goals: to get better and go home.

 

Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with Martin five times a week. PTs worked with her on strength, endurance, balance and range of motion. She used a cross trainer for exercise and practiced walking and going up and down stairs, and she did leg exercises on her own in addition to during therapy sessions.

 

Meanwhile, the OTs helped retrain her in how to take care of herself at home, and STs helped her restore her normal cognition.

 

“Pamela was a hard worker and was willing to do what was asked of her,” said Shirla Kreilich, physical therapist assistant.

 

On Jan. 13, Martin returned home. She was able to walk with a platform walker and take care of herself with a few exceptions where home health could help her.

 

Therapy helped relieve my fear and gave me confidence that I could walk again after the accident and surgery,” Martin said. “I was very pleased with the care and concern of all staff on 500 Hall and the therapists I worked with.”