Left to right: Leisa Evans, occupational therapist assistant; Mildred Curl; and Amanda Luttrell, physical therapist

Mildred Curl was left very weak after suffering acute respiratory failure with hypoxia, or lack of oxygen throughout her tissues.


From the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Curl came to Life Care Center of Jefferson City, Tennessee, on Feb. 14, 2018, to recover her independence. At first, she needed assistance for all of her activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, bathing, feeding herself and grooming, as well as for mobility tasks like walking, getting in and out of bed and balancing while standing.


“I didn’t think I would ever get out of this place, as bad as I was when I got here,” said Curl. “This therapy has really helped me.”


Physical therapy helped Curl restore balance and strength, using therapeutic exercises with weights and the Omnicycle exercise machine, as well as therapeutic activities and core strengthening. Occupational therapy focused on her self-care tasks, retraining her in daily activities such as showering, dressing and cooking.


Curl reached her goals and was able to return to her Rutledge, Tennessee, home independently on March 12. Instead of only walking 20 feet with assistance, she is now able to walk up to 350 feet at a time with supervision.