Written by: Dr. Andrew Wankier, DPT
Many of us, who live locally, know that we have a Care Center for those that need additional assistance. But what do you know about Millard Care and Rehabilitation Care Center?
-Did you know that we have great staff members?
-Did you know that we have received several awards for the care and service that is provided there?
-And did you know that 75% of the people that are admitted to the Care Center return home?
Many of us have experienced times when we have had, or currently have, loved ones in this fine facility. There is also a common misconception that we have, in that we believe the Care Center is only there for those that are at the end of their lives and it is a place for elderly people to pass on. The goal for this post is to let you know that although the Care Center is there for the previous mentioned population of residents, it is also a great place for those that require a little assistance to get back on their feet following a hospital stay and are preparing to return home to their prior living situation. The national average stay at a Skilled Nursing Facility for skilled therapy residents is 38 days, while the average stay at Millard Care and Rehab is 22 days.
In the Care Center we provide skilled care which includes Nursing care, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services. Some of our short-term, “skilled” patients include those that come from our local hospitals and surrounding hospitals. Diagnoses range from total joint replacements to people that have experienced a stroke to general deconditioning from medical sickness. These residents are seen once in the morning for about 45 to 50 minutes and again in the afternoon for a similar duration for Physical Therapy. Occupational Therapy is provided four times a week for about 60 minutes each treatment session. Physical Therapy focuses on improving the resident’s ability to move in and out of bed independently, moving from sit to stand independently, improving walking distance with least restrictive assistive device along with improving their balance and activity tolerance. Occupational Therapy focuses on fine motor skills, dressing tasks, eating tasks, bathroom tasks and any other activities of daily living that are specific to the resident.
Our overall goal for every “skilled” resident is to improve their independence, safety and stamina to return home to their prior living situation prepared and confident that they will be able to return to their prior level of function. We also enjoy working with resident’s family members and friends to train them on how they can best help their loved ones following their stay at the Care Center. There are also cases where the resident will continue to require home health services following their stay or will continue to require outpatient Physical Therapy services. We have a physical therapist that does home health as well as have a great outpatient clinic for members of our community to come receive the assistance they need. We enjoy having the ability to work with members of our community throughout all phases of their rehab and recovery.
If you are interested at all about whether or not a future stay at the care center is right for you please feel free to come in and see us at Delta Physical Therapy or visit Millard Care and Rehab. Staff from Delta Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine will also be available at the Millard Care and Rehab Community BBQ on the night of May 23rd, at 5:00 PM. Come with any questions or concerns that you may have. We will be offering tours of the short-term care hallway and rooms, therapy gym and will also have our Class IV Laser, Hypervolt, and instruments for soft tissue mobilization available for free trials.
Steps to entering the care center following an elective surgery:
- Contact Millard Care and Rehab (435-864-2944)
- Speak with Heather Jeffery concerning insurance coverage
- Requirements for a Skilled Nursing stay:
- 3 midnight stay in hospital
- Be able to tolerate up to 2-3 hours of skilled therapy 5 days/wk
- Requirements for a Skilled Nursing stay:
- Let your Doctor know of your plans to discharge to Millard Care and Rehab
- Family can transport you to Millard Care and Rehab OR Millard Care and Rehab can plan for transportation. Be sure to let Heather know in step 2 that you will require transportation.