Left to right: Tiffany Ellis, occupational therapist; Shirley Schmidt; Shirla Kreilich, physical therapist assistant; and Abby Cracchiolo, speech therapist

Shirley Schmidt had a fall that broke her hip.


After surgery, Schmidt came to The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, for rehabilitation so she could regain function and go home. When she arrived on Jan. 12, 2017, she needed maximum assistance with standing balance and transferring from one surface to another. She couldn’t walk, and she needed extensive assistance just to roll over in bed. She also experienced some confusion.


Physical, occupational and speech therapists met with Schmidt seven days a week to help her get better. PTs helped her exercise to strengthen her body, starting with the Omnicycle so she could exercise from a seated position until she healed enough to practice walking. As she improved, she was able to do more balance activities and even worked on navigating a step. OTs trained her in her activities of daily living, and STs helped her resolve her cognitive problems.


“Shirley was a hard worker and was willing to participate in what the therapists asked of her during sessions,” said Shirla Kreilich, physical therapist assistant.


Therapy has made me a lot stronger in my arms and legs,” said Schmidt. “I can now dress myself, which I couldn’t do before. I enjoyed meeting new people and making friends.”


Schmidt returned home on March 4, able to walk up to 120 feet with someone to supervise her, and able to go up and down one step. She was thinking clearly and independent in most of her self-care tasks.