Therapy sessions seven days a week is an intensive program for people recovering from surgery or illness, but for Mount Vernon, Washington, resident Christine Rasch, this approach was instrumental in getting her home.
Rasch has diabetes, and after complications, she had to have below-knee amputations on both legs. After the most recent amputation in May 2016, Rasch came to Life Care Center of Mount Vernon for rehabilitation, determined to get well enough to go home to her spouse.
Physical and occupational therapists worked with Rasch to strengthen her core, something she would need for living with prostheses, as well as how to transfer safely from one surface to another. She needed to be ready to do all this before she could start walking with the help of prosthetics. Therapy seven days a week helped her strengthen her body for this vital step so that she could do the prosthetic fitting and training.
“She is very hardworking and committed to achieving her goals, to be able to walk again,” said Geinah Gumban, director of rehab services at the facility.
“Everybody was helpful,” said Rasch. “I had a good experience, especially with the rehab team. They encourage and motivate me all the time.”
Rasch completed her inpatient therapy program on July 8 and returned home, able to mostly take care of herself and get around in a wheelchair. She is currently undergoing outpatient rehab at Life Care Center of Mount Vernon to continue to regain more independence. She is now focusing on learning to walk well in her new legs.
For more information about rehabilitation at Life Care Center of Mt. Vernon, call (360) 424-2716.