Our rehab success stories show that we stay true to our mission—to make life better for seniors

A happy resident talks to a staff member. Our success stories are the best evidence that Courville really is Where Better Living Begins.We want to share our success stories. They are the best evidence that our priority is to make life better for seniors who cherish their independence, but who need assistance to live life to the fullest. That’s why we provide the highest quality of care and services that ensure physical, healthcare, and emotional needs are met, allowing residents to enjoy their optimal quality of life. Therapy is a critical component to a resident’s well-being and Courville offers some of the finest rehabilitative services in the area. Therapy is available up to 7 days a week in our centers and is supported by a skilled nursing staff 24 hours a day, with both the resident and their families involved in the plan of care. The therapy and care provided allows residents to regain strength and mobility, and is the best way to ensure they are able to return to the same level of independence they have always enjoyed. We hope you will take the time to read a sampling of the success stories from our short- and long-term residents at Courville.


Elaine fell in her home while walking to the bathroom, resulting in a fracture in her hip. Due to outstanding health issues, surgery was not an option and therapy was recommended. She arrived at Courville at Nashua in extreme pain, requiring assistance with all of her everyday functions, personal hygiene and mobility.

The first area addressed by her therapy team was pain management, to allow Elaine to participate in and benefit from therapy. After just 6 weeks of therapy, she was ready to go home! She is walking with a cane, performing all habits of personal hygiene on her own, and one of her personal successes is that she can transfer hot liquid from the countertop to the table without assistance allowing her to have a hot cup of coffee at home!


Armand was living at home, completely independent, able to drive and participating in a bowling league. A routine back surgery resulted in some complications, and Armand was transferred to Courville at Nashua with his left leg paralyzed and only trace strength in his right leg; thus requiring a wheelchair for mobility.

Armand’s physical and occupational therapists worked hard (and Armand worked harder) to get him back to the level of independence he enjoyed. Upon leaving Courville at Nashua, he was completely independent with all activities of daily living, climbed up and down stairs (which was necessary, as stairs lead to his home), and walked around our center independently with a rolling walker! The best part of Armand’s story is that he thinks (and we do too) that he is strong enough to return to his bowling league!


Marjorie came to Courville at Nashua following a stroke. When she arrived at Courville she was not able to receive anything by mouth, not even water. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy quickly began to work with her and included therapeutic walking on the LiteGait®—her FIRST STEPS IN MONTHS! Speech therapists began therapy to help her swallow using VitalStim® and within a few weeks, she was trialing puree and nectar thick liquids. She was even able to eat a piece of birthday cake on her birthday!


Bernyce was living at home, functioning with the use of a wheelchair and assistance from paid caregivers. She is in need of a knee replacement to address pain due to a previous injury. A fall in her kitchen resulted in a pelvic fracture which is what brought her to Courville at Manchester for therapy.

The initial assessment from her therapy team showed that she required assistance with all ADLS and mobility and was unable to ambulate. Therapy was initiated to improve her joint movement, strength, balance and endurance, thus reducing her pain. Bernyce recently went home with a greater level of function than she was previously enjoying. She is now WALKING, not using a wheelchair and can independently dress, prepare meals, and perform light housekeeping with the use of a rolling walker. She is having that right knee replacement soon and plans to return to Courville at Manchester for therapy!


Mildred came to Courville at Manchester for a respite stay. At that time, she had not walked in over a year and had not transferred from one place to another without a lifting device in months. Mildred’s therapy sessions at Courville were so successful that she decided to extend her stay so that she could continue her therapy program. The first of many successes is that she no longer requires a lifting device to move from one place to another! After many hours of therapy and assistance from the LiteGait®, Mildred was able to walk up to 20 feet with a walker! That’s right, after not walking for a year, Mildred returned home using a walker!


Doris came to Courville at Manchester after a hospitalization from a fall and question of a stroke. While in the hospital, she was overmedicated and began experiencing severe neurological effects. Courville at Manchester discovered and corrected the medication dosage. She is now able to sit safely on the edge of her bed while participating in activities and walks (with a walker) with supervision. Using the LiteGait®, her tendency to fall backwards has decreased. Day by day, she’s becoming more successful!


Laura’s success was a win for everyone involved—but she was the biggest winner of all!

Laura came to Aynsley Place in recovery from a brain stem CVA. She had spent one month in acute rehab followed by three months in a long-term care (LTC) skilled rehab facility. At the time of her discharge from LTC, her therapists had reported that she had reached her optimal level of function and discharged her from therapy. Both she and her family decided it was time to transition from an independent living situation into assisted living.

Aynsley Place determined upon arrival that she would benefit from skilled therapy services to work on self care and mobility in her new environment. She was having some difficulty with voice projection, so speech therapy services were determined necessary as well.

At the time of her initial evaluation, Laura required max assistance for performing sit to stand, she required a stand lift for transfers, she was unable to sit unsupported on her bed without leaning and could maintain less than 60 seconds unsupported. She could move with moderate assistance (from two people) for five feet with a rolling walker, but required maximum assistance for transferring from one place to the next with a sliding board. She also had difficulty holding utensils for feeding and had difficulty wringing out her wash cloth to wash her own face.

A total of 40 short-term goals and 22 long-term goals were set for Laura. She achieved most of those goals after only six months of continued skilled therapy. She was very committed to her therapy and always worked very hard to reach her maximal potential. Laura made significant progress resulting in increased independence with all daily activities and with her quality of life. We are proud to say that as a result of her therapy, Laura is now able to cut food independently, write legibly, stand at the sink to brush her teeth and comb her hair, walk with the assistance of a walker, wring out a wash cloth to wash her face, and project her voice within normal limits.

The therapy team at Aynsley Place won an award for their work with Laura. The award is to acknowledge success with therapy focused on the patient and the significant improvement that Laura made as a result of therapy and their hard work.

It’s the story of a group success at Aynsley Place! On the heels of many requests for additional exercise from residents, the Therapy Program Director started a weekly Wellness Group consisting of 7-8 participants. The exercises focus on range of motion, increasing core strength, increasing upper and lower body strength, improving balance, and positively affecting the overall health and wellness of the group—and it’s working! The participants of the group are seeing an increase in their energy, greater ability to perform exercise as well as daily tasks, and they report that they are feeling stronger! As the group continues to meet, the Program Director is able to increase the length of time they are exercising while progressing to more challenging balance activities and add additional exercises to continue to focus on the goal of their Wellness Group—to affect the overall health of the participants!


Eva fell while attempting to use her DVD player. Her fall resulted in injuries and a significant increase in her fear of falling, which limited her activity level. She began working with therapy to address her fear of falling as well as the pain she was experiencing in her knee. As her sessions continued, she came to trust her therapy team and gradually, her balance improved even without the support of her walker. By the time she was discharged from therapy, she was able to return to an independent level of activity, participating in center activities with less of a risk for, and fear of, falling.


Leo is a resident who was injured at the age of 15 (83 years ago) in a freight elevator accident. Since that time, he has walked with a significant limp due to a nearly fused right ankle in a flexed position. (Of note, at the time of the accident, his doctors told him he would not walk again). As Leo aged, it became more and more difficult to control his balance and walking since he could only bear weight on the ball of his right foot. He experienced a fall in May that injured his left ribs and lower back.

He began working with Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy to address the pain, functional decline and high risk for additional falls. He was fitted for a right shoe with a custom lift in order to allow weight bearing on his right heel and is working toward independence with activities of daily life and his new walk pattern.

These are just some of our success stories: we can’t wait to tell yours!