Left to right: Debbie Pennington, physical therapist assistant; Richard Mullis; and Bobby Grayson, occupational therapist

Richard Mullis was not able to live on his own when he developed an infection and renal failure.


Therapy at Life Care Center of Hixson, Tennessee, was able to change that outcome for him.


When Mullis arrived at the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility on Aug. 20, 2019, he needed moderate assistance with many of his daily grooming tasks, such as bathing and getting dressed. He also needed some help with walking and transferring from one surface to another, and his cognition had been affected by the infection.


Physical, occupational and speech therapists worked with Mullis to help him reach his goal of returning home. They progressively challenged him while providing encouragement and boosting his confidence. PT and OT addressed specific musculoskeletal impairments and encouraged him to participate in activities between therapy sessions to further improve his physical condition.


“Therapy has helped me regain most of my mobility and independence,” Mullis said.


Bobby Grayson, occupational therapist, shared, “Richard has been motivated and willing to participate to his maximum potential throughout his stay in order to be independent and return home.”


Mullis went home on Oct. 1. He is now able to take care of himself and get around with a walker.