Health - Rehabilitation
Goal-Oriented Post-Acute Rehabilitation
Post-acute rehabilitation returns patients to their best level of independence following stroke, multiple trauma, surgery, joint replacement and other hospitalizations.
“We know that recovery continues after a patient leaves our care,” says Frank Angiulo, Director of Admissions at CareOne at Holmdel. “Programs like ‘Next Step Home’ start on day one of admission and continue after discharge.”
Next Step Home includes physical, occupational and speech therapy seven days a week, home evaluations, care plan meetings with patients and families, and therapeutic recreational activities.
“Patients and their families will notice significant improvements in condition and become well-prepared for their next steps,” says Frank.
Ongoing Long-Term Care Options
“When patients can no longer perform everyday tasks due to a chronic illness, injury, disability or the aging process, long-term care provides a solution,” says Terri Rufo, Assistant Administrator for CareOne at Holmdel. “Long-term care includes the supervision one might need due to a severe cognitive impairment, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.”
“Anyone at any age can need long-term acute care,” says Terri. These patients require highly skilled professionals and advanced therapies such as pulmonary and tracheostomy care, chest tube management, and multiple IV antibiotic therapy.
Staff are key to great patient outcomes at a rehabilitation facility, but perhaps none more so than skilled nurses. “We’ve created a NICHE program to enhance the education of nurses who work with an elderly population,” says Terri, “and we are always working with our hospital partners to learn the newest treatment protocols, ensuring the best outcome for each patient.”
State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation for Lung Transplant Patients
“At HealthSouth, we have created a specialized rehabilitation program for pre-transplant and post-transplant lung patients in partnership with Newark Beth Israel, New Jersey’s only lung transplant center,” says Sarina Brady OTR/L, Director of Therapy Operations at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls.
“Inpatient rehabilitation plays an important role before and after transplantation,” says Sarina. “A patient’s exercise capacity, functional endurance and muscle strength can be positively impacted by rehabilitation prior to surgery, and these patients will recover more quickly and more fully in a rehabilitation setting after transplantation.”
HealthSouth Medical Director Todd Cooperman, MD, FAAPMR, a board certified
physiatrist, explains that developing a program to support medically complex patients
such as lung transplant candidates requires the training of nurses, respiratory therapists, registered dieticians, occupational, speech and physical therapists to meet the needs of the patient.
“In addition to coordination of care onsite, we work closely with the patient’s transplant team and expect to soon be partnering with transplant centers in addition to Beth Israel,” adds Dr. Cooperman.
The Road to Recovery
“We are committed to offering innovative outpatient therapy to restore mobility, assisting patients in returning to training, and avoiding re-injury,” says John O’Connor, NASM-PES, a chiropractor and sports rehabilitation specialist at Velocity Chiropractic & Sports Rehab.
“Unfortunately, too many of the commonplace injuries we hear about today are connected to overuse,” says Dr. O’Connor. “There are often many factors that create a ‘perfect storm’ for an overuse injury to occur.”
“An athlete’s posture or alignment might predispose them to certain injuries, or perhaps their biomechanics are causing greater than necessary forces to vulnerable parts of the body,” says Dr. O’Connor. “We’re here to analyze, correct and assist our patients to recover and avoid re-injury.”
CareOne at Holmdel
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls
Velocity Chiropractic & Sports Rehab