Left to right: Sherwin Roque, physical therapist; Carol Mulkey; and Haley Miller, occupational therapist assistant

After having triple-bypass surgery, Carol Mulkey was weak and having difficulty getting around.


Mulkey came to Life Care Center of Ocala, Florida, on July 28, 2016, for cardiac rehabilitation. When she arrived, she needed some help with her mobility and more extensive assistance with completing daily self-care tasks like getting dressed and bathing. She was also on oxygen.


Six days a week, Mulkey worked with physical and occupational therapists to meet her goals, get back home to her husband and resume one of her favorite home activities – cooking!


The team followed the protocols set by Mulkey’s cardiologist and worked with her on exercises to improve her strength, balance, endurance and range of motion. They practiced the skills she would need to take care of herself at home, as well as prepare meals and clean up afterward.


After two weeks, Mulkey no longer needed the oxygen tank.


“Carol has been a hard-working patient since day one, and she was motivated to reach her goals and get back on her feet,” said Sherwin Roque, physical therapist.


On her last week of occupational therapy, Mulkey even tested her abilities by baking again.


Mulkey returned home on Aug. 25. She was walking better and even able to navigate stairs, and she was independent in all her self-care tasks.


“I would not have been able to recover from my surgery without the therapy care here at Life Care,” Mulkey said. “I have been very pleased with the entire staff here at Life Care.”

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