Stan Palmer

Retiree Stan Palmer fractured a hip in an unusual way: his lawn mower rolled over on him.


The accident occurred in early September 2015, and Palmer had surgery to repair his hip. The surgery was successful, but Palmer also needed rehabilitation before he would be ready to go back home.


Palmer arrived at Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care in Rutledge, Tennessee, for physical and occupational therapies on Sept. 11. When therapists evaluated him, he was only able to walk about 15 feet at a time and could only tolerate activity for about five minutes. His balance was poor, and he couldn’t get dressed on his own.


Therapists began to work with Palmer on exercises to increase his strength, range of motion and balance, as well as to retrain him in the life skills he would need for living at home, like grooming and dressing.


Palmer had a few health setbacks that slowed his recovery, but he remained determined, and his hard work paid off. On Dec. 7, he returned home.


“Mr. Palmer was more than willing to try any treatment or technique,” said Shanna Bennett, physical therapist assistant. “He was an avid fisherman, and we incorporated several activities into his treatment to help him return to his love of fishing.”


When he left Ridgeview Terrace, Palmer was able to walk with a cane and dress himself again. He could tolerate physical activity for about half an hour.


Palmer continues to visit the friends he made at the facility and shared that he is enjoying daily walks at the local dock and fishing again.


For more information about rehabilitation at Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care, please call Amy Kuykendall at (865) 828-5295.