Deborah Hardaway is a long-term resident who has been with Life Care Center of Winter Haven, Florida, since June 2021. She had declined later in the year and was put on hospice.
However, the staff noticed a positive change in condition, which led to discontinuing hospice and, instead, starting physical and occupational therapies to increase her independence and quality of daily life. Therapists developed a rapport with Deborah, earned her trust and used their creativity to help her progress.
“Since therapy began, she has become more verbally interactive and engages more with her environment,” said Kristina Romero, occupational therapist.
Alvin Otero, licensed practical nurse, added, “Her change has been impressive, emotionally and physically.”
Although Deborah is deaf, she was able to tell her therapists, “I love you.”
Now, Deborah can walk 50-100 feet at a time with a front-wheeled walker and someone steadying her. She can also transfer from one surface to another with minimal assistance.