The staff

When Esther Dodd fell and fractured her left arm, the care team at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, provided care and recovery for her.


When she arrived on May 16, 2019, she needed extensive assistance for bathing and dressing, as well as speaking and understanding speech. She needed moderate assistance for bed mobility and some assistance for walking, transfers, self-feeding and standing balance.


Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with Dodd five days a week to help her regain as much independence as possible so she could return home to her husband. She has Alzheimer’s disease, and the staff’s special training in dementia helped them understand and meet her unique physical, mental and emotional needs during her treatment.


Therapists used therapeutic exercises and activities, as well as gait and balance training and neuromuscular reeducation, to get Dodd mobile again. They also retrained her in activities of daily living, such as bathing and getting dressed, and used cognitive retraining.


When Dodd completed her therapy stay and returned home on July 10, she was at a supervision level for her mobility and needed less help with her daily routine than she did when she arrived. She could walk up to 500 feet with someone standing by and could even go up and down 12 stairs with someone steadying her.


“Esther is doing so well thanks to the staff and therapists at Garden Terrace,” said her husband.