Helen Shelton

Helen Shelton fell and fractured her hip just hours after she cooked 20 fried pies for her class reunion.


After undergoing a total hip replacement, Shelton came to Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care in Rutledge, Tennessee, for rehabilitation on June 22, 2016.


Initially, Shelton reported her pain level in her left hip at a four out of 10, could only walk 10 feet with a front-wheeled walker and could only tolerate less than 10 minutes of activity at a time.


Self-care assessments revealed Shelton required moderate assistance with bathing and dressing, scoring 57 points out of a possible 100. Balance assessments revealed she was at a high risk of falling, scoring only two points out of a possible 28.


Shelton received physical and occupational therapy six days per week, focusing on increasing strength, range of motion, self-care skills and mobility tasks. She showed rapid improvement, and in just three short weeks – one week after celebrating her 88th birthday – she was able to return home.


“I could not have come anywhere else where I would have been treated better,” said Shelton. “The therapy was better than awesome!”


When Shelton went home on July 12, her pain level was down to zero, and she was able to walk 300 feet with a rolling walker and stand-by assistance. Her self-care assessment score improved to a 76 out of 100, showing that she could perform self-care tasks, such as bathing and dressing with minimal assistance. Her balance assessment improved to 20 out of 28.