Tammy Burt, occupational therapist, with Robert Stumpf

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. They used specialty equipment such as the NuStep® and OmniCycle® exercise machines to help him improve strength, endurance, balance and function.


“Robert worked hard,” said Tammy Burt, occupational therapist. “He was motivated to improve his strength so he could return home.”


Stumpf was able to return home on Sept. 11 at a supervision level. He can walk with a four-wheeled walker and has returned to the facility as an outpatient to continue his progress.


"Everyone is so wonderful and caring,” Stumpf said. “All the staff gives friendly care. The food is flavorful, even ground up. It was a good experience.”