Left to right: Leisa Evans, occupational therapist assistant; Verda Thompson; Janell Brady, physical therapist; and Carmen Cooper, physical therapist assistant

Verda Thompson fell at her Clinton, Tennessee, home, causing fractures in her pelvis.


After a stay at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Thompson came to Life Care Center of Jefferson City, Tennessee, on March 25, 2018, for physical and occupational therapies.


“I have past experiences with at least four other nursing homes from when family members were in them,” said Thompson. “I did not want to come here. I dreaded it, but I knew I couldn’t go home in the shape I was in. I had such good care I had to pinch myself to remind myself this is not a five-star hotel. It’s so clean, and everyone is as nice to me as can be.”


Thompson did put in the effort she needed to in order to recover. Six days a week, she worked with the therapists to increase her strength, mobility and self-care skills. She started off needing extensive assistance in all these areas.


Physical therapists trained Thompson in balance and gait, including practicing walking on different surfaces indoors and outdoors. Occupational therapists helped her work on standing and self-care tasks. They also covered cooking tasks, and she got to make her famous pound cake as part of her therapy practice.


“Mrs. Thompson was motivated every day to give her all,” said Janell Brady, physical therapist. “She continued to have a positive attitude and progress toward her goals each day.”


Leisa Evans, occupational therapist assistant, added, “She did everything we asked of her with the best attitude. She was determined to get the most out of therapy and being here.”


“If not for this place, I guess I would never be able to go home,” said Thompson.


Thompson regained her independence and only needs supervision for her standing balance. She went home on April 30.