Lisa Woodard, physical therapist, with Sam Rymer

Sam Rymer came to Life Care Center of Copper Basin in Ducktown, Tennessee, after having his right knee replaced.


When he arrived, Rymer required substantial assistance to perform his self-care, transfer and walk short distances with a rolling walker. His biggest fear was that he wouldn’t be able to return to his job as a machinist, which requires kneeling, squatting, lifting and carrying.


Rymer took part in physical and occupational therapies. Physical therapy focused on improving his range of motion, strength and balance. Therapists also helped him with the swelling and pain he was experiencing. Occupational therapists helped him with activity tolerance and showed him how to use adaptive equipment to make self-care and homemaking tasks easier so he could regain as much independence as possible.


Within just a few short weeks, Rymer became independent with all of his self-care, could walk up and down stairs and returned home on Nov. 11, 2019. He is currently doing outpatient physical therapy at Life Care Center of Copper Basin, is walking outside a half mile with a cane on his own and plans to return back to work very soon!


When asked about his stay at Life Care, Rymer said, “Everybody bends over backward to help not only me but everybody that needs it! The staff are overwhelmingly friendly!”