PineCrest debuts transitional rehab center


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MRC PineCrest opens area's only transitional rehab center

Short-term and long-term services include in- and out-patient therapy

 PineCrest Retirement Community has officially opened its newly remodeled Transitional Rehab Center, the only rehab center in the area devoted solely to short-term rehab care.

Under the direction of Dr. Roy Guse, an orthopedic surgeon who has practiced in the area for more than 17 years, and Dr. Jansen Todd, the center will provide a wide range of therapies for PineCrest independent and assisted living residents as well as outpatient care for the general public. Therapy needs for residents in long-term skilled nursing care will continue to be met at PineCrest's Woodland Healthcare Center.

The Transitional Rehab Center features an open concept design, with a separate entrance for outpatients. The therapists in the new Rehab Center are dedicated to guiding care and work closely with other caring physicians and nurses to ensure good communication and great outcomes. The goal of the rehab team is to make each patient stronger and able to go home quickly. They are committed to building patients up so they can live as independently as possible.

            The remodeled center will allow PineCrest to increase the number of patients undergoing therapy, while still maintaining a focus on meeting new Medicare requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

To prepare patients for post-operative therapy, the new center offers "pre-hab" to ensure that patients strengthen their bodies prior to undergoing an operation, which in turn speeds post operative healing and a successful transition back home. It can be doubly important for patients who live alone and have little or no support network.

Pre-hab also includes a home assessment component prior to the medical procedure to ensure that trip hazards are eliminated, mobility issues are addressed and shower safety conditions are secure.

            "Our focus is on achieving shorter stays in rehab so we can get people back home where they want to be," said Joy Rich, PineCrest senior living counselor.

            PineCrest's Transitional Rehab features all new rehab equipment, and therapies are provided in separate areas, which allows the entire length of the building to serve as a therapy walking area.

The center will provide the traditional therapies that include physical, occupational and speech along with specialty therapies such as VitalStim for addressing swallowing deficiencies.

PineCrest is a member of the Methodist Retirement Communities. For more information, contact Joy Rich at 936-634-1054.