NORTH CREEK - The rehabilitation program at the Adirondack Tri-Country Nursing Home in North Creek made a transition in July and became an entity of RehabCare Group out of St. Louis, Missouri. The changes associated with the move have come to the surface over the past few weeks and the program has been reaping the benefits.
Before RehabCare Group, the physical therapy program was operated by the nursing home itself. The management changes allowed for added support and resources from within a larger network of health care providers.
RehabCare Group is a leader in the fields of physical rehabilitation and management services. They are made up of 1,200 hospitals, nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities throughout the United States. RehabCare Group is dedicated to the vision of providing a clinically integrated continuum of post-acute care that helps people regain their lives.
"They were able to add a lot of services that we otherwise couldn't have provided," said program director Diana Dymond-Burns. "We were also able to make several new hires from a pool of local applicants."
Dymond-Burns said she considers this transition to be a positive addition to local communities. With the addition of staff members, more inpatient and outpatient services are available including speech and occupational therapy.
"Now that we offer more, local patients will no longer have to travel for their therapy - they can come to the nursing home for treatment," said Dymond-Burns. "There is a demand in the local community for more types of therapy like occupational and speech."
The rehabilitation program now offers all disciplines of therapy on a more consistent basis. Their emphasis has been broadened through the support of RehabCare Group and they hope to continue the advancement. Plans are being made for the program to move to a larger space within the nursing home and to potentially offer some pediatric services including early intervention opportunities.
"It's personally exciting to see the growth in the program," said Dymond-Burns.
The inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation program is currently accepting patients for physical, occupational and speech therapy, and predicts further growth.
"This is a positive thing for the nursing home," said Hal G. Payne nursing home administrator. "We as a whole will reap the benefits of these changes."