Nancy Luna Elizondo, occupational therapist assistant, with Sylvia Sims

An infection left Sylvia Sims needing help with basic everyday activities.


Rehabilitation at Woolridge Place Nursing Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, helped Sims get back to a more normal lifestyle. Coming to the skilled nursing and rehab center on Feb. 19, 2019, she was experiencing dizziness.


Five days a week, Sims worked with physical and occupational therapists. The physical therapy team focused on balance, strengthening and endurance, while the occupational therapy team centered its interventions on helping retrain her in daily self-care tasks including grooming, bathing and getting dressed. Therapists used the NuStep® and OmniCycle® seated exercise machines as well as traditional upper- and lower-body exercises with weights.


“Sylvia was determined to improve her level of independence to return home safely,” said Nancy Luna Elizondo, occupational therapist assistant.


Sims was able to return home on March 1, with improved endurance and moderate independence. She was walking with a rolling walker with supervision.


“Therapy helped strengthen me to where I can stand, and develop balance, which is very important to me,” said Sims. “My stay here was good. Everybody has been proactive, helping me go forward to be independent again.”