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Cottesmore of Life Care helps heart attack patient walk again

A heart attack left Robert Stumpf unable to walk on his own.

Stumpf was in need of help with his mobility and self-care when he came to Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, on Aug. 29, 2019. Therapists worked with Stumpf seven days a week to help him regain his independence...

Laxson recovers strength and mobility at Cottesmore of Life Care

Barbara Laxson was living independently when she had to go to the emergency room with abdominal pain and found that some of her intestines had twisted on themselves.

After surgery, Laxson was weak and fatigued. She had been to Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, before, and decided to do short-term therapy there to recover her independence...

Local man plays piano again thanks to rehab at Cottesmore of Life Care

Richard Hermstad enjoys staying busy.

A licensed minister, Hermstad offers counsel to families in crisis and loves to provide the gift of music through his skilled piano playing.

Unfortunately, all of that came to a halt on Hermstad’s 75th birthday when he suffered from a stroke and a traumatic brain injury while playing racquetball.

Cottesmore of Life Care helps Sabol recover after tremors and stroke

After several instances of shaking and feeling dizzy at her home, Elaine Sabol went to the emergency room.

Sabol had experienced essential tremors, characterized by shaking, and a transient ischemic attack, which is a small stroke.

Sabol came to Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington for rehabilitation on June 3, 2019.

Cottesmore of Life Care participates in Sound to Narrows event

On June 10, 2017, Cottesmore of Life Care and Harbor Place at Cottesmore, both in Gig Harbor, Washington, partnered to sponsor this year’s Sound to Narrows race in Tacoma, Washington.

Each year, runners from all over come to participate in one of several races – a 12K, a 5K and a 2K fun run – through breathtaking Northwest scenery on the peninsula across the Puget Sound from Gig Harbor....

Cottesmore of Life Care opens new rehab wing

On March 15, 2018, Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, hosted a ribbon-cutting for its new rehab wing.

Leaders from the community, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the facility and its parent company, Life Care Centers of America, were on hand for the special event, which included a reception with hors d’oeuvres...

Stroke patient recovers with therapy at Cottesmore of Life Care

Margaret Shomshack recently needed help getting back on her feet after a stroke.

On March 18, 2019, Shomshack came to Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, for physical and occupational therapies. She needed maximum assistance for getting in and out of bed and for all her self-care...

Ruth Byrd turns 101 at Cottesmore of Life Care

On April 24, 2019, Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, celebrated the 101st birthday of resident Ruth Byrd.

Byrd was born in Germany and moved to Lakewood, Washington, with her husband and two children in 1957. She went to college and then taught languages to military personnel at the military school for many years...

Cottesmore of Life Care helps Filkins recover from fall and pneumonia

After Lloyd Filkins had a fall at home, he was sent to the emergency room with weakness and pneumonia.

It was Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, that helped him get back on his feet.

Filkins came to the skilled nursing and rehab center on Feb. 23, 2018, for physical and occupational therapies....

Rehab at Cottesmore of Life Care gets car accident patient back home

Gig Harbor, Washington, resident Paul Scalzo is back home and independent again after a car accident caused him multiple fractures.

“I spent multiple weeks at Harbor View,” Scalzo shared. “I was feeling apprehensive about going to a rehab facility. I couldn’t get out of bed because I had a lot of pain and I had so much atrophy....”

Cottesmore of Life Care helps Wood heal from sepsis

Shirley Wood came to Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor, Washington, on Oct. 1, 2018, after an extended stay in the hospital for sepsis.

When she arrived, Wood needed two people to help her in and out of bed. She couldn’t stand or walk and couldn’t tolerate sitting up for more than 20 minutes because of pain and weakness...