Left to right: Susan Greineder, speech therapist; Sharon Shelton; and Letitia Love, occupational therapist

A stroke left Sharon Shelton unable to take care of herself, but she wasn’t destined to stay that way forever, thanks to rehabilitation.


Shelton chose to come to Life Care Center of Greeneville, Tennessee, for physical, occupational and speech therapies so she could recover and resume an independent lifestyle.


When she arrived on July 20, 2017, Shelton was unable to walk, stand, bathe, get dressed or manage her own medications. She needed extensive assistance to get in and out of bed, and she needed moderate help with balancing while sitting, taking care of her daily grooming routine and swallowing. She had some trouble with her voice and cognition as well.


Speech therapists addressed her thinking, speaking and swallowing skills, and she eventually progressed back to independence.


Occupational therapists worked with Shelton on her self-care skills, helping her relearn how to use much of her upper body.


Shelton primarily worked on strength and mobility in physical therapy, as well as balance. She did exercises, specifically targeting her lower-body strength and practicing walking and transferring from one surface to another, such as a chair to a walker.


“Sharon was very invested in her therapies and able to regain the ability to have meaningful conversations and engage in leisure activities of her choice in the facility,” said Letitia Love, occupational therapist. “She showed leadership skills in the rehab department, often motivating others by sharing her story and all her accomplishments.”


Therapists took Shelton to her home before she completed her rehab program to make sure she would be able to make a safe transition back.


Shelton successfully returned home on Feb. 13, 2018. She was able to take care of all her activities of daily living and meal preparation, and she was walking with assistance with a cane.