William and Freida Morrell

William and Freida Morrell recently found themselves both undergoing therapy at Life Care Center of Gray, Tennessee.


William, who is Freida’s primary caregiver, had an accident and broke his left femur. He came to the skilled nursing and rehab center on Nov. 20, 2017. Physical and occupational therapists began working with him six days a week to help him recover.


Freida also attended therapy sessions at the facility and became stronger while her husband did his program. And they both learned how to help each other out at home.


Physical therapy addressed strengthening and balance, while occupational therapy focused on helping the couple relearn their self-care skills, like grooming, getting dressed and bathing. Tools like the Omnicycle and NuStep® machines allowed them to exercise from a safe seating position and strengthen their upper and lower body.


When William began therapy, he needed extensive assistance with getting dressed and moderate assistance with bathing. He was at a minimal-assistance level with his mobility and hygiene tasks. By the end of his therapy stay, however, he was fully independent again and ready to return home with Freida on Jan. 5, 2018.


“Mr. Morrell was determined to return home at his prior functional level and worked hard to achieve those goals,” said Regina Diehl, director of rehab services.


“I believe my recovery would have taken much longer without the expertise of Life Care Center of Gray,” William said.