Jerald Martin with Kevin Rousseau, physical therapist assistant

A cancerous tumor in Jerald Martin’s right lung led to a host of problems for the Boise, Idaho, resident.


Martin was suffering from acute respiratory failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease when he arrived at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley in Boise for rehabilitation on Feb. 20, 2019. He was also having difficulty walking and generalized weakness. He needed total assistance for bathing and dressing, as well as managing his medications.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Martin six days a week, helping him increase his strength, improve his mobility, gain independence in his activities of daily living and decrease his dependence on supplemental oxygen.


By the time Martin completed his rehab stay on March 12, he was independent in his mobility once again and needed minimal assistance with bathing, dressing and medication management.


“I don’t know how this facility found so many people who truly seem to care, but they really do!” Martin said.