Left to right: Bernadette Slater, occupational therapist; Howard Hammond; and Amber Martin, physical therapist

Fifty-seven-year-old Howard Hammond was independent and had a career as a computer drafter when chronic pancreatitis interfered with his lifestyle.


After a stay in the hospital, Hammond came to Life Care Center of Collegedale, Tennessee, on Jan. 6, 2017. When he arrived, he needed moderate assistance with bathing and dressing and some assistance with his mobility, such as walking, standing up and sitting down and even getting around in a wheelchair.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Hammond to regain strength, range of motion and the ability to take care of himself. With his goal of returning home to his wife and child, he did therapy six days a week for four weeks.


“By his participation in the program he was able to return to work and home,” said Amber Martin, physical therapist.


After going home, Hammond continued his therapy as an outpatient.


"Without the therapy I wouldn’t have been able to return to my home, drive my truck or go back to work,” said Hammond.


Hammond is now fully independent and does not need any adaptive equipment.