On June 21, 2019, Theodore “Mike” Classen began rehabilitation at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, after experiencing repeated falls and a decline in cognition caused by metabolic encephalopathy, a problem in the brain caused by a chemical imbalance in the blood.
Classen also had Parkinson’s disease and skin cancer, so the clinical and therapy teams addressed those health issues as well. Five days a week, he participated in physical, occupational and speech therapies. Therapists worked with him on therapeutic exercises and activities, gait training, balance training, neuromuscular reeducation and cognitive retraining, as well as helping him improve his functional skills like grooming, bathing, getting dressed and feeding himself.
On Aug. 6, Classen completed his rehabilitation and returned home to his wife, Brenda.
“The therapy he received has provided him more mobility than he has had for the past several years,” Brenda shared.