Jimmie Townsley with Todd Grisier, occupational therapist, left, and Ivey Hardison, physical therapist

When Jimmie Townsley came to Life Care Center of Andover, Kansas, on July 19, 2016, he was very weak and required moderate assistance with walking, standing and taking care of himself. He was also experiencing confusion.


Townsley had fallen. He also had heart disease and chronic pain.


Physical, occupational and speech therapists at Life Care Center of Andover worked with Townsley five days a week. PTs trained him on exercises to improve his strength, range of motion, balance and mobility. The OT team helped him practice the tasks he would need at home, such as grooming, bathing, getting dressed and managing his medications. And the STs worked with him on improving his thought processes and speaking.


When Townsley returned home on Aug. 25, he was able to walk 400 feet with a walker and transfer from one surface to another with modified independence. He was also independent in his most of self-care tasks, only requiring supervision for a few things. And he was able to think and speak clearly again.


“It’s amazing what you guys do to help people like me to get better,” Townsley said. “Thank you for helping me get stronger to return home.”