Left to right: Jessica Cook, occupational therapist; Chad Grisham, physical therapist; Carol Abear; Cami Hilton, physical therapist assistant; and Eileen Nudd, occupational therapist assistant

After bypass surgery and a hemorrhage, Carol Abear needed rehabilitation in order to get back to her normal life.


Abear came to Life Care Center of Cleveland for physical and occupational therapies on Dec. 27, 2017. When she arrived, she needed assistance with walking, getting in and out of bed, standing, grooming, bathing, getting dressed and managing her medication.


“When I got here, I could not have asked for sweeter people,” said Abear. “I could not have felt more at home.”


The physical therapy team worked with her six days a week on balance retraining, walking and hip strengthening, while the occupational therapy team worked with her five days a week to help her relearn how to take care of herself, especially when it came to lower-body dressing.


Abear was able to return to her Cleveland home on Jan. 5 and returned as an outpatient for physical therapy on Jan. 11. She completed her outpatient therapy on Feb. 8 and is now independent again.