Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital offers a wide variety of rehabilitation services to adults of all ages. Our focus is to provide comprehensive care to restore an individual’s maximum physical, mental and psychological functioning. We offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy in a variety of settings and with many diagnoses.
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Physical Therapist [+/-]
The role of the physical therapist is to help your family member regain the motor control needed to achieve the highest level of independent mobility. They evaluate the patient's:
- Ability to walk and negotiate stairs
- Need for assistive devices such as walkers or canes
- Need for any lower extremity bracing
Therapeutic activities range from basic exercises, such as exercises on a mat, or advanced exercises, like working outdoors or in crowded situations. The unit offers a fully equipped gym to maximize strength, endurance, balance and overall functional mobility.
Occupational Therapist [+/-]
The occupational therapist focuses on the evaluation and improvement of physical, cognitive and perceptual skills that affect the patient’s ability to perform functional tasks, often referred to as activities of daily living or ADLs.
ADLs include self-care skills such as:
And independent living skills such as:
- Money management
- Meal preparation
- Medication management
Community living skills, like the use of public transportation, are also addressed. The occupational therapist also assesses the patient’s need for adaptive equipment (e.g., a tub chair, raised toilet seat, reacher, sock aide, etc.) as necessary.
The unit offers a fully equipped and stocked ADL apartment to best recreate the home experience. The ADL apartment includes a full kitchen, bed and bathroom, and allows the patient to experience therapy in a simulated home environment.
Technologies like Nintendo Wii are often utilized to improve balance, cognition and reaction times.
Speech-Language Pathologist [+/-]
The speech-language pathologist works with patients who have problems expressing and understanding language, as well as patients who have swallowing disorders.
Speech pathology may involve the evaluation and treatment of language skills such as:
- Auditory comprehension
- Verbal expressions
- Reading and writing skills
Speech skills such as:
- Articulation (precision/coordination)
And cognitive-linguistic skills such as:
- Executive functioning
Swallowing therapy may involve modifying the consistency of food or liquid and teaching the patient and family special techniques and exercises to compensate for swallowing deficits so he or she may eat and drink safely.
Levindale offers onsite swallow assessments for both inpatient and outpatients, including Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) tests and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluations (FEES) at the bedside. Our therapists utilize a variety of treatment techniques, including vital-stim and manual treatment, as well.
Therapeutic Recreation [+/-]
At Levindale, the Therapeutic Recreation department offers comprehensive treatment services to patients in the Acute-Rehab, Medical Rehab, Sub-Acute and Behavioral Health Units. These services are generated by physician orders.
Therapy is provided individually and in group settings, with community re-integration a priority. Together, patients and therapists develop goals for community therapy sessions to be completed towards the end of the patient’s rehab stay.
Social Work [+/-]
The social worker assigned to work with your family has various roles. He or she will:
- Educate you in the recovery process
- Coordinate discharge and aftercare plans
- Provide counseling and support to you and other family members
The social worker will also assist in scheduling conferences and meetings.
Rehabilitation Physician [+/-]
A rehabilitation physician is a medical doctor and board-certified physiatrist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The physiatrist is a consultant who oversees all aspects of the rehabilitation program. The physiatrist may consult other specialists, such as neurologists, neurosurgeons, endocrinologists or orthopedists, as needed.
Scott Brown, M.D.
Chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
J. Michael Anderson, M.D.
Sub-Acute Rehabilitation [+/-]
Inpatient rehabilitation in sub-acute neighborhoods (units) offer one to three hours of therapy Monday through Friday and on weekends. This is a perfect fit for people who can’t tolerate the intensity of more intense rehabilitation, but who have the ability to participate in fewer treatments a day. A medical doctor provides daily oversight and works closely with the rehab team to meet every patient’s needs.
Long-Term Care [+/-]
Rehabilitation services are available to our residents in their own neighborhoods (units). Our goal is to maintain their maximum level of function and the highest quality of life through skilled interventions.
Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation [+/-]
Inpatient rehabilitation at the Specialty Hospital at Levindale is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Certified professionals provide three hours of therapy Monday through Friday and on weekends. Care is coordinated by an interdisciplinary team with specialties that include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, therapeutic recreation therapy, respiratory therapy, social work, nutrition and medicine.
There is also 24-hour nursing care. A physiatrist specializing in rehabilitation provides direction and works closely with team members to help patients achieve their goals.
Medical Rehabilitation Program [+/-]
Staff members at the Specialty Hospital at Levindale provide one to three hours of rehabilitation services to ventilator-dependent patients and/or patients with medically complex conditions who may not be strong enough to begin an inpatient program. Treatment is offered Monday through Friday in conjunction with nursing care, medical interventions and respiratory services.
RECOVER Coma Emergence Program [+/-]
Levindale offers a comprehensive and specialized program to help patients emerge from a comatose state. We employ the nationally recognized JFK Coma Recovery Scale and Ranchos Los Amigo Scale, for the purpose of assessing and treating patients. Levindale therapists are certified by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) and highly skilled at multi-sensory stimulation. Levindale therapists work closely with family members, who we considered essential to each patient’s recovery.
Stroke Specialty [+/-]
The goal of rehabilitation after a stroke is to help survivors reach their highest level of function and quality of life. Individuals who have experienced strokes are likely to have a variety of afflictions, including paralysis, weakness on one side of the body, and deficits in mobility, swallowing, language, communication and performance of daily living tasks.
Levindale’s Stroke Specialty Program provides each patient with individualized, inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and recreational therapy, group treatment, a social worker/case manager, and education focused on maximizing skills and providing a smooth transition to the community or next level of care.
Brain Injury Specialty [+/-]
The brain injury specialty program at Levindale offers an intense, yet culturally sensitive and therapeutic environment for adults with brain injuries. The program takes pride in its ability to provide family-centered and individualized care. Through a well-structured, supportive, interdisciplinary program, patients with brain injury are treated so they may achieve their highest level of independence and return safely to his or her community or vocation.
LVAD Program [+/-]
The rehabilitation team at the Specialty Hospital at Levindale has been specially trained to work with patients who have a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). An LVAD is a mechanical heart, which is surgically attached to a patient’s own weak heart. Therapists provide one to three hours of therapy Monday through Friday and on weekends.
Levindale’s team works in close collaboration with the implantation center to ensure safe and optimal care. Our goal is to mobilize the patient as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary medical complications.
Comprehensive Wound Care [+/-]
Levindale’s physical therapists are certified and trained to provide comprehensive wound care, including wound vacs, pulse lavage and sharp debridement. These procedures are provided both at the inpatient and outpatient levels.
Behavioral Health [+/-]
Rehabilitation services are available to patients in the behavioral health units of the Specialty Hospital at Levindale. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy services are available to help patients maintain and/or achieve the best physical, mental and psychosocial skills possible. Treatments are provided one-on-one and in group settings.
Partial Hospitalization [+/-]
Occupational therapy services are available to participants attending this program. Group treatments focus on daily living and life skills to assist people in transitioning back into the community.
Outpatient Services [+/-]
The Specialty Hospital at Levindale offers individuals outpatient physical, occupational and speech/language therapies. These services are provided in our therapy gym or at one of our Adult Day Services centers.
Fall Prevention [+/-]
Falls are a leading cause of injury, especially in older adults. The goal of the Levindale Falls Committee is to identify fall risk patients and implement prevention measures to increase patient safety.
On the unit, a registered nurse performs a fall assessment on each patient upon admission and following any significant changes in condition.
- Physical therapists assess patients by using such tools as the Get Up and Go Test, the Berg Balance Test, the Tinetti Test and the Balance Master.
- Occupational therapists assess a patient’s cognition, vision, strength and balance.
This multidisciplinary teams works together to optimize patient safety and provide education for fall prevention at home.
Call 410-601-2400 for more information on these services.