Recovering from heart-related illnesses can be emotionally and physically draining to both patients and their families. It can take months before patients are fully able to resume normal activity and extensive rehabilitation or lifestyle changes may be necessary.
Because of insurance or financial concerns, sometimes patients may be discharged from hospital stays before they are physically ready to go home, which can result in readmissions that are costly to the patient and the hospital. Heartland of Oregon, a short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility located at 3953 Navarre Ave., offers physical, occupational and speech therapy, and specializes in pulmonary rehabilitation, orthopedic services, and cardiac recovery services.
Working with the patient, family and doctors, Heartland develops a specialized recovery plan, setting appropriate goals designed to return the patient to the highest level of independence as quickly as possible.
“Many people think that facilities like Heartland of Oregon provide nursing services only,” Valerie Abood, director of Rehabilitation said. “But that’s not true. We offer short-term rehabilitation services that can prove invaluable to the overall health and recovery of the patient.”
Physical therapy plays a critical role in the recovery of a cardiac patient, as new restrictions or changing abilities affect endurance, strength and mobility, Abood said. Heartland offers a wide range of ambulatory, endurance and repetitive therapies to help patients regain as much function as possible, coupled with the most current drug treatments to maintain quality care.
Education plays an equally important role in the recovery process, Abood said, adding that patients must learn how to recognize when they are in trouble or over-exerting themselves.
Heartland rehab services include teaching patients how to monitor their pulse and administer their own medications in order to live independently.
Frequently, daily routines such as bathing or doing laundry must be modified to accommodate the patient’s cardiac capabilities. Heartland’s occupational therapists work with patients to teach them new ways to handle daily tasks and maximize recovery.
Heartland of Oregon is part of the HCR ManorCare family, which operate primarily under the Heartland, ManorCare Health Services and Arden Courts names.