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After fracturing her left hip in a fall and having hip surgery, Lolanda Azevedo came to The Highlands in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to get back on her feet.


“Our brother toured The Highlands and immediately contacted my mom while still there and said he found the right place for her,” said her daughter, Laura Rasuk.


Azevedo arrived at the facility on June 2, 2019. She needed some assistance with walking, bed mobility, transfers, standing balance, bathing and getting dressed. Physical and occupational therapists started working with her toward her goal of returning home independent.


Physical therapy helped Azevedo improve her mobility and balance, while occupational therapy helped her improve her self-care skills.


“They were all so nice to me and my family,” said Azevedo. “John [Richard, physical therapist assistant] and Tracy [Wirtanen, PTA] in rehab kept me moving. The nursing team took good care of me. My family and I recommend The Highlands.”


Azevedo returned home to her husband on June 20, able to walk 200 feet with a rolling walker and go up or down six steps with a railing. She is continuing to pursue her independence.