Published on July 20, 2015

How stroke survivor Levera McGee is making strides again

Peace of mind.

That’s what her daughter has at last, says 80-year-old stroke survivor Levera McGee.

Levera McGee“Just the other day, she said to me, ‘You’re so improved,’” McGee recalls. “Rather than worrying about me, she is so pleased with the progress I’m making.”

And indeed McGee has made real strides since a stroke two years ago left her barely able to walk.

Today—thanks to the care she receives at Mercy LIFE—she can manage two to three full blocks with the help of a walker. And the high blood pressure that caused the stroke is now under control.

McGee, a widow, lives with her daughter, Vicki Robinson. But every weekday you’ll find her at the Mercy LIFE Sharon Hill Day Center. Like all Mercy LIFE day centers, it helps seniors like McGee avoid having to live in a nursing home.

Making independence possible. “Our goal is to keep seniors as independent, healthy and engaged in life as possible,” says Meagan Moody, a social worker at Mercy LIFE.

To that end, the Mercy LIFE centers provide day programs for seniors with a range of health conditions. Each day center offers on-site medical care and rehabilitation services—along with recreational and social activity programs.

Some days you might catch McGee walking a hallway with the help of a physical therapist. Or chatting happily with another senior. Or planting a container garden.

“I can’t tell you how much I enjoy myself,” says McGee. “The hours just fly by. There’s so much to look forward to—crafts, day trips, you name it. And the entire staff—even the van driver who takes me to and from the center—are all so caring.”

And as McGee goes about her day, her daughter goes about hers, knowing that her mother is both safe and truly happy.