William Gardner with Sam Hutt, physical therapist

William Gardner had an elective shoulder surgery that was complicated by an infection and a mini-stroke.


As a result, Gardner needed maximum assistance with his activities of daily living (such as grooming, dressing and bathing) and moderate assistance getting in and out of bed, standing up and walking. He came to Life Care Center of Leominster, Massachusetts, on May 14, 2019, for rehabilitation.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Gardner on exercises especially designed to increase the range of motion in his shoulder. They also worked on strengthening his lower body for walking and on improving his balance for daily tasks.


“William was always eager to perform and such a pleasure to have as a patient,” said Samantha Hutt, physical therapist assistant.


Gardner completed his therapy program on May 31 and returned home. He is at a supervision level for bed mobility and transfers and can walk up to 300 feet at a time with a cane. He needs only minimal assistance with his activities of daily living.


“It’s an excellent team and excellent,” Gardner said about the facility. “If I had to rate it, it’s above a 10.”