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Wildt recovers from stroke at The Westchester House

Left to right: Lina Palazzolo, occupational therapist assistant; Allison Buehrle, physical therapist; Harvey Wildt; and Matt McClanahan, PT student

After suffering a stroke, Harvey Wildt had difficulty moving or using his left side.

The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, helped Wildt overcome those deficits. Wildt came to the skilled nursing and rehab center on Feb. 26, 2019, needing two people to help him get in and out of bed...

The Westchester House helps cancer patient eat again

John Berkery with Molly Dunsworth, assistant director of rehab and speech therapist

What would life be like without the ability to eat and drink?

Unfortunately, this scenario happened to John Berkery, a 68-year-old resident of St. Louis, Missouri. He experienced a battle with nasopharyngeal cancer, which led to complications like shortness of breath and pneumonia...

Loeffler recovers from kidney swelling at The Westchester House

Pamela Loeffler with (left to right): Abby Cracchiolo, speech therapist; Shirla Kreilich, physical therapist assistant; and Katie Strawbridge, occupational therapist

Pamela Loeffler found herself facing severe muscle weakness due to hydronephrosis, a swelling of the kidney.

Loeffler was unable to get in and out of bed and required extensive assistance to bathe and get dressed when she arrived at The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, on Jan. 23, 2019...

The Westchester House helps Gerberding regain strength after a fall

Left to right: Abby Cracchiolo, speech therapist; Kitty Schneider, physical therapist assistant; Carolyn Gerberding; and Lina Palazzolo, occupational therapist assistant

In September 2018, Carolyn Gerberding fainted and collapsed due to encephalopathy, a condition that affects the functions and structure of the brain.

Her fall and the effects of her condition left Gerberding unable to walk or perform basic hygiene and self-care tasks without assistance. She also experienced impaired cognition and a reduced ability to understand and communicate with others...

The Westchester House helps Sullentrup get his strength back after surgery

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

Eric Sullentrup was diagnosed with cervical stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal canal and compression of the spinal cord, after he started experiencing a variety of symptoms.

His symptoms included neck pain, numbness, weakness in his arms and legs, problems with his balance and impaired cognition...

The Westchester House helps Mitchell recover from infection

Left to right: Molly Dunsworth, assistant director of rehab; Dorothy Mitchell; and Catherine Schneider, physical therapist assistant

When Dorothy Mitchell came to The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, on Nov. 5, 2018, she had been hospitalized with a urinary tract infection.

The experience left Mitchell with muscle weakness and decreased balance. She needed maximum assistance with bed mobility and dressing and moderate assistance with transfers, such as getting in and out of bed...

McBee regains independence at The Westchester House after broken leg

Jetta McBee

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...

Sepsis patient recovers function at The Westchester House

Left to right: Shirla Kreilich, physical therapist assistant; Sharon Rahoy; Abby Cracchiolo, speech therapist; and Lina Palazzolo, occupational therapist assistant

Sharon Rahoy came to The Westchester House on June 14, 2018, unable to walk and on a feeding tube because of an E. coli infection that went septic.

Now, Rahoy is mobile again and able to eat and drink normally...

The Westchester House helps Emmons walk again after spinal surgery

Left to right: Abby Cracchiolo, speech therapist; Lina Palazzolo, occupational therapist assistant; Ula Emmons; and Shirla Kreilich, physical therapist assistant

After spinal surgery to correct spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the open spaces in the spine), Ula Emmons came to The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, for rehabilitation.

When Emmons arrived on June 20, 2018, she needed a mechanical lift to get her out of bed. She needed complete assistance to get dressed and stand up, and extensive assistance to simply balance while sitting...

Wilburn recovers from infection at The Westchester House

Left to right: Tiffany Ellis, occupational therapist assistant; Daphne Wilburn; and Allison Buehrle, physical therapist

On June 21, 2018, Daphne Wilburn came to The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri, for rehab after an infection.

Wilburn had a bone infection as well as an abscess on her leg that needed specialty wound care. When she arrived at the facility, she needed active assistance to get in and out of bed, walk and get dressed...