Therapists Make the Difference for Rehabilitation Patients
Many patients from the stroke victim who needs help regaining a strong voice to the active senior who has just completed knee replacement surgery need the help of a trained therapist to make a full recovery. Lee Memorial Health System has a full staff of trained therapists who help patients regain an active and engaged life. We are unique in the fact that rehabilitation services are provided throughout the continuum for both pediatric and adult populations, in the neonatal ICU, acute care, outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and home health settings, says Karen Collins.
Karen, along with Ray Cyr, are directors of Rehabilitation Services and oversee a staff of 69 occupational therapists and assistants, 193 physical therapists and assistants, 38 speech language pathologists and two audiologists who work in locations throughout Lee and Collier counties
Staff members are trained in:
- Orthopedic and sports medicine
- Spine rehabilitation
- Vestibular/balance rehabilitation
- Neurodevelopmental training (to work with stroke patients)
- Hand injuries/surgeries
- Manual therapy
- Vital-Stim for swallowing deficits
- Lee Silverman Voice Training for Parkinson patients
- STAR Program Survivor Training and Rehab for cancer patients
- Women s Health Rehabilitation
Patients benefitted from more than 50,000 treatment sessions in therapy services last year. All patients are seen for one-on-one treatment sessions with an individual plan of care designed to meet their specific needs, Ray says.
Therapists may meet with the same patient for multiple therapy sessions, based on the patient s need. We work to establish relationships with our patients so that they feel comfortable with their therapist, Ray says. For us, building trust and relationships with our patients is an essential part of the recovery process.
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