Barbara Laxson with Ivy Berry, physical therapist assistant

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.


Laxson arrived at the facility on Aug. 10, 2019, with decreased mobility, and physical and occupational therapists worked with her. They did leg strengthening exercises from sitting and lying down positions and had her practice her gait and transfers (such as from a bed to a chair).


“By continuing strengthening her legs, she is doing well,” said Ivy Berry, physical therapist assistant. “She is very motivated.”


Laxson shared, “Therapy has made me stronger and makes me feel I can actually go on.


“It’s like coming home when coming to Cottesmore,” she added. “People treat you like family, and it’s a wonderful feeling.”


Laxson can now walk well with a walker and has increased confidence. She went home on Aug. 25.