After several complications with right-foot surgery for ulcer formation, Steve, 48, came to Friendship Village on November 8th, 2022. He was a police officer for many years, but this event left him unable to work. When arriving at Friendship Village, Steve was non-weight bearing, experiencing high pain, general weakness/deconditioning and poor balance. A large barrier kept Steve from returning home: 28 steps that he had to be able to ascend/descend.

Plan of Care

We immediately began Physical Therapy with Steve to regain his strength, balance, endurance, mobility, and independence with transfers. After his weight bearing precautions were lifted, Steve needed to wear a cam boot to begin ambulating. We made this the prime focus as it was his largest barrier to return home.

Therapy worked closely with nursing to manage his pain and provide him the best environment possible for success. We included stair training, obstacle negotiation during ambulation, strengthening, balance training, mobility education, and even trialed a set-up “fall” to ensure that he was fully prepared for anything upon return home.


Steve was discharged with home health services on February 28th, 2023, and was able to independently navigate all 28 steps.

About Friendship Village

At Friendship Village, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and more are all housed in one friendly and welcoming community. We embrace every resident and patient as a person FIRST. By offering rehabilitation and skilled services along with multiple living and life care options, Friendship Village is ready to serve all the needs of those who stay and reside in our community with all our hearts, as we have for more than 40 years.


All Your Needs. All Our Hearts.


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