The new wing at the decades-old nursing home will provide physical, occupational and speech therapy to patients after hospital admissions for acute strokes, orthopedica surgery, amputations or other neurological conditions, said
"The goal is to regain as much independence as possible to return home," he said.
The new unit has been in the works for about a year, said Nesmith, who worked in patient rehabilitation for a number of years in
Moreover, insurance companies and
One of the cornerstones of the new program is intensive rehab therapy to get patients back home as soon as possible. To that end, a group of therapists and other medical staff will provide up to three hours of therapy a day, seven days a week, to each patient.
"The insurance carriers are demanding quality outcomes, and they are demanding outcomes at a rapid rate, so there is high demand to be able to provide the services and provide them as efficiently and effectively as possible." he said.
The refurbished short-term care wing features private rooms for each partition, a transitional living apartment where patients can learn how to reintegrate into their homes safely.
Nesmith that the cost of care is lower than at a traditional long-term care center or hospital.
Room and board costs
"Some may need just three or four days, and others may need three to five months, possibly longer," he said.
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