At Heritage Hall, it is important for us to educate families and residents of how the world of inpatient rehabilitation is changing. Not only are doctors wanting to see shorter therapy stays for patients who are recovering from major surgeries, but more and more patients are coming to us with Medicare Advantage plans or private insurances in which the insurance themselves drive the discharge, not the therapists who actually treat the patients. One thing I know for certain is that all of the therapy departments within each of our 17 Heritage Hall facilities follow the physician protocol that is specific to their patient 100% when it comes to their care and therapy regimen. This not only helps the patient get home faster but documenting all of their progress in therapy helps show the insurance companies that they are getting the best therapy they can and the facility is working hard to get that patient to their prior level of function (or better).
Each facility offers different things in their therapy that keep therapy fun and interesting and also builds the strength that the patients need to get closer to being ready to discharge home. For example, our Rich Creek facility is in the process of launching their horticulture therapy program. This program will help residents with their physical and occupational therapies in a way that keeps them interested and does great things for their ability to thrive within the facility! This program will be year round so if the patients cannot work on their plants outside or leave their rooms, the therapy department will provide bedside planters. I can only imagine how this would brighten someone’s day and get them the therapy they need at the same time! Rich Creek already has a greenhouse on site that residents grow plants in and they have plans to sell their plants and foods within the facility and eventually even at the local Farmer’s Market. Some of their plants will include house plants, Christmas cacti, geraniums, begonias, and they have just recently started planting their peppers and cabbage.
In our Blackstone facility, one of their latest additions to their therapy services is DPNS Speech Therapy, which stands for Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation. This program benefits people impacted with dysphagia, which is difficulty swallowing. This therapy helps to restore muscle strength and reflexes within the pharynx which promotes efficient swallowing. DPNS requires a special certification for clinical practitioners in order to perform this type of speech therapy. Heritage Hall-Blackstone is proud to have 2 certified DPNS therapists on staff to offer this treatment for their residents.
At Heritage Hall-Leesburg they offer a wide variety of specialty therapy programs. Chest PT, lymphedema management, High and Dry Urinary incontinence program, Windbreakers breath support program, Vital Stim, and a holiday bell choir that is led by their speech therapy department. They also have a high-tech ambulation aide in the Physiogait that allows patients to ambulate securely while therapists assist in fine-tuning their gait pattern. And stay tuned for information on a new program they are starting up…outdoor mini-golf therapy!
Our Blacksburg facility has impressively low lengths of stay within their facility which are significantly shorter than any of their competitors. They also provide pet therapy in their therapy department. One of their occupational therapy assistants and one physical therapist bring their fur babies in every day and it helps their residents to come out of their shells and have fun in their therapy.
Heritage Hall-Tazewell has an excellent therapy department and provides several different specialty programs. They offer a sports therapy program for college athletes in the area which helps to build their outpatient therapy population and build their reputation in the community. They also offer vital stim which is therapy for swallowing training.
While this has only shed light on a few of our facilities, our other facilities offer specialty programs as well such as cardiac rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, and vestibular therapy. In the ever-changing world that is healthcare and rehabilitation, we here at all 17 Heritage Hall facilities are flowing with the changes and making a few of our own to keep therapy fun.
Heritage Hall – Tazewell