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Life Care Center of Bridgeton resident turns 100

Resident Margaret Berardino with daughter Vineva Grimes

On Nov. 29, 2016, Margaret Berardino, a resident at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, turned 100.

The facility hosted a birthday party for Berardino on Nov. 26. Charlene Willey, director of dining services, planned the event with the help of Berardino’s son, and many of her extended family members were able to come to town to celebrate.

Life Care Center of Bridgeton helps spinal stenosis patient recover

Left to right: Michelle Wilson, occupational therapist; Richard Gallai; and Lyra Phan, physical therapist

Richard Gallai had surgery for spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the bone channel that puts pressure on the spinal cord.

Following surgery, Gallai needed help to recover and get back to his prior level of function. He came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on July 30, 2016, for rehabilitation. He couldn’t get in and out of bed, walk, stand up, shower or get dressed on his own.

Long-term resident at Life Care Center of Bridgeton goes home

Left to right: Donna Rosacker, occupational therapist; Jocelyn Mayo, physical therapist assistant; Virginia Savage and her husband, George

Most patients in skilled nursing facilities who return home go through a short-term rehabilitation program.

However, Virginia Savage, as a long-term resident at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, is a walking testimony that successful rehab is not limited to short-term patients.

Life Care Center of Bridgeton helps Lymphoma patient regain strength

Left to right: Karen Cooper, certified occupational therapist assistant; resident Kenneth Gust and Kathleen Stecher, speech-language pathologist

Kenneth Gust came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on July 7, 2016, for help regaining his strength.

When Gust first arrived, he needed minimum assistance with walking, getting in and out of bed, standing, bathing and dressing. He had moderate difficulty with cognition and talking and extensive difficulty with swallowing.

Life Care Center of Bridgeton helps patient walk normally again

From left to right: Bill Bartsch, physical therapist assistant; resident Ruby McGuire and Karen Cooper, certified occupational therapist assistant

Ruby McGuire came to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on May 28, 2016, for muscle weakness and trouble walking.

Upon arrival, McGuire needed moderate assistance with getting in and out of bed and extensive assistance with standing balance, bathing and dressing.

Life Care Center of Bridgeton helps resident reclaim independence after fall

Frank Young

Frank Young was admitted to Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on May 28, 2015, after having multiple falls and suffering a laceration to his lower leg.

Unable to take more than four steps and requiring maximum assistance in his daily activities, Young was eager to reclaim his independence and dedicated himself to overcoming his weaknesses.

The multidisciplinary team worked with Young as he healed and began to take steps toward regaining his strength.