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A will to help

Karen Werdehausen and other Fulton Presbyterian Manor therapists provide the invaluable service of getting residents back on their feet and back in their homes.

Growing up watching her twin sister struggle with the debilitating effects of Cerebral Palsy, Karen developed a deep respect for the importance of physical therapy.

“Going through that and experiencing that, I had a passion from there,” said Karen, who has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Presbyterian Manor for nearly 13 years.

Tresa Allen, marketing director, said this month Presbyterian Manor would like to recognize Karen and all the therapists who work at the community providing a vital service to residents.

“We love our therapy department because they work so hard and their goal is to get our folks in good shape to do the things they need to do,” said Tresa.

Presbyterian Manor therapists work with existing residents experiencing health problems or those living at the community temporarily to undergo rehabilitation after a surgery or illness.

“We have people that come in with all sorts of diagnoses,” Karen said. “They are weak and we get them stronger so they can go back home where they want to be.”

Karen said the most rewarding part of her job is establishing relationships with residents and getting to know them personally. She appreciates that the residents have reached an age where they aren’t afraid to share their thoughts.

“The best part is they really don’t have filters,” she said. “They just tell you what they think when they think it. I love hearing stories from their childhood. It makes you realize the things that you take for granted today.”

Building a friendship with residents also helps them feel comfortable, Karen said.

“They get excited about coming to therapy instead of it being a chore,” she said. “Especially once you get to know them, they are kinda like family. We joke around with them. We just want to make their lives better.”

PHOTO: A little therapy fun with therapists Karen Werdehausen and Shaeana Cobbins, Raymond Pfaff, director of nursing, and residents Joseph Barks, Dorris Pitt, Alice Houf and Gertrude Vandeloecht.

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