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Resident benefits from rehab

Tuesday, January 27, 2004
The Baxter Bulletin

Thanks to the Inpatient Rehabilitation at Baxter Regional Medical Center, Viola resident Mary Lou Brison will be returning to her daily life in Viola to stand on her own two feet.

"We are inspired by our patients," Deborah Way, Acute Rehabilitation Unit director, said. "Mary -- who was referred to us by her primary care physician, Dr. David Kauffman -- arrived here after suffering a stroke. She was initially unable to walk, but now she's using her walker and determined to improve each day."

"Rehab has been wonderful for me," Brison said. "I can't say enough about the very best care I'm receiving. I'm very hopeful that I can build back to the point of being able to get around on my own."

"Members of our Rehab staff work with their patients to help them return to an independent lifestyle following a medical event such as a trauma or stroke," Way said.

"The unit is dedicated to treating patients through comprehensive therapy for daily living tasks.

"Inpatient rehabilitation services provide high-quality care for our patients," she said.

Way said BRMC rehabilitative therapists work as a team to address balance disorders, prosthetic training, neurological dysfunctions and orthopaedic conditions, including: Gait evaluation and training; evaluation and training related to balance and vestibular (inner ear) disorders; comprehensive rehabilitation for orthopaedic conditions, ranging from sprains to multiple fractures to postoperative effects of joint replacement; evaluation and treatment for impaired ability to perform daily activities such as bathing, dressing and grooming; assessment, measurement and casting of the feet to create customized orthotics for the shoes; comprehensive rehabilitation for neurological conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and peripheral nerve disease; and swallowing and feeding evaluation and treatment.

The also help by providing: A real life treatment environment that allows patients to carry out simple kitchen chores in a real kitchen and load and unload a clothes dryer; speech and language evaluation and therapy; cognitive communicative evaluation and rehabilitation for patients with head injuries or in the early onset of dementia.

For more information on BRMC rehabilitative inpatient services, call 508-3300.

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