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Sub-Acute Rehabilitation

Comprehensive Rehabilitative and Specialty Therapies

Our therapists, nurses, nutritionists and physicians provide a team approach to your physical, occupational and speech therapy. We also develop proactive programs with local hospitals to provide strong continuation with your doctor’s treatment plan after you return home, including care planning, home skills simulation training, education and follow-up.

  • How effective is our approach?

    A 2011 study in The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care showed that 25 percent of patients with COPD were readmitted after being discharged from 23 different hospitals in Western Pennsylvania. Thanks to new initiatives implemented by clinically superior skilled nursing facilities, where a “transition of care program” is in place, the rate is now below 7 percent.

  • Read about our Pulmonary Rehab Program

    The Problem:
    In Sykesville, Md., too many people with pulmonary disease were being readmitted to the hospital for the same condition.

    The Solution:
    We partnered with local hospitals to develop an intensive four-week pulmonary rehab protocol, including:

    • Smoking cessation
    • Biofeedback
    • Weekly patient visits from a pulmonologist and a respiratory therapist
    • Pulmonary exercise training to improve lung expansion and function
    • 24-hour care provided by nurses with expertise in lung diseases

     The Pulmonary Rehab Program:

    • Our experts teach simple lifestyle changes to make at home by tailoring an individual pulmonary program.
    • Physical, occupational and speech therapists focus on helping residents strengthen themselves for specific activities of daily living.
    • Our registered dietitian provides a personal nutritional assessment, with advice on weight management, grocery shopping, reading food labels, and planning healthy meals.
    • Nurses stabilize the patient's symptoms then teach them about their disease, how to recognize and deal with symptoms, avoid recurrence and exacerbation, and role and proper use of medications.
    • Upon discharge planning, we tailor continued home care to meet each individual¹s physical and medical needs.

    The Outcome:
    After completing our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, residents’ abilities improved by more than 30 percent in every major measurable outcome, from bathing and dressing themselves to walking and standing with balance. As a result, our patients have been able to go home and stay at home while the readmission rate to the hospital has dramatically decreased by 67 percent from 2012, when the program was developed, to 2013.

  • Read about our Cardiac Program

    The Problem:
    In Gettysburg, Pa., too many people with cardiovascular disease were being readmitted to the hospital for the same condition. Our goal: to give them the knowledge and skills to keep them out of the emergency room.

    The Solution:
    We partnered with a local hospital to develop an intensive cardio rehab program for residents after discharge from the hospital, including:

    • Cardio exercise training
    • Care provided by nurses with expertise in congestive heart disease
    • Regular follow-up by a visiting cardiologist
    • Smoking cessation
    • Nutritional counseling and meal planning

    The Cardiovascular Rehab Program:

    • Tailored exercise programs: Specialists evaluate each patient’s fitness level and medical history to determine a safe starting point.
    • Monitored exercise sessions: Our medical staff checks their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and heart rhythm as they build their endurance.
    • Patient education: Teaching them their specific triggers—i.e., too much salt, sedentary lifestyle, electrolyte imbalance—and how to deal with them before they turn into emergencies.

    The Outcome:
    After completing our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, our residents have seen a 75 percent increase in their ability to walk, a 100 percent increase in their ability to climb stairs and a 30 percent increase in their ability to get out of bed independently. These dramatic results were accomplished on average with just a 26-day stay at Transitions Healthcare Gettysburg.

  • How is Transitions turning around rehab?

    With specially trained staff:
    Unlike other facilities, we don’t outsource our core services. It’s our own team meeting our own standards.

    With patient education:
    We teach you how to prevent reoccurring problems. For example, we train those with diabetes how to manage their fluctuations in blood sugars in order to decrease their readmissions to the hospital and decrease the complications of diabetes.

    With specialists working together:
    They look at the obstacles you face to create a multifaceted approach to recovery. Even as you work with our nurses and therapists, our social workers are finding the specific services you need to get back home quickly and safely.

    With an understanding of your emotional concerns:
    After an illness or injury, people can become depressed. Our programs address psychosocial aspects as well as physical skills.

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