Left to right: Amanda Gilbert, occupational therapist assistant; Toni King; and Sean Oakes, physical therapist assistant

Acute respiratory failure had weakened Toni King tremendously.


On Jan. 10, 2017, King came to Life Care Center of Gray, Tennessee, for rehabilitation. She needed total assistance for all her self-care tasks, mobility and functional skills. She couldn’t walk, stand up, wheel herself in a wheelchair, get out of bed, manage her own medications, get dressed, take a shower on her own or feed herself.


King started physical and occupational therapies, and the teams helped her to regain strength, range of motion, balance and the ability to perform her activities of daily living. They had to start small, doing exercises in her room to increase her bed mobility. Despite a few medical setbacks, she was able to progress to where the therapists could work with her in the rehab gym and focus on walking and car transfers.


“Everybody was wonderful and helped me a lot,” said King.


“Through hard work, Toni left our facility independent with almost every functional skill,” said Regina Diehl, director of rehab services.


King returned home on April 20, 2017.