When Neil Rasmussen came to Life Care Center of Idaho Falls, Idaho, he was struggling to get in and out of bed and could not walk because of intense right leg pain from a recent cellulitis infection.
Just standing was intolerable.
Rasmussen needed a lot of help to get out of bed and to remain standing before he had to sit back down again. Physical and occupational therapists began working with him to regain as much independence as possible. His progress was slow at first as he started in the parallel bars to increase his standing tolerance.
After a week, Rasmussen was walking in the parallel bars while the care team addressed his pain. After two weeks, the pain was subsiding enough that he could walk outside of the parallel bars for short distances.
Rasmussen became encouraged and was determined to do more. Eventually, he was walking in the hallway, though he still required assistance to help keep weight off his right leg. Now, he is able to use a rolling walker and is working toward walking without an assistive device.
“He did wonderfully in his evaluation, showing significantly less dependence on his arms for support and improving technique,” said Curtis Jacobson, director of rehab.
Rasmussen returned home to his wife on Aug. 13, 2019, independent in his activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and grooming, as well as in his mobility. He is even able to go for short walks outdoors and help his wife around the house.