Serving the Community with Outpatient Rehab Services
Gina Varela, Therapy Manager
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls
2 Centre Plaza, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
BIO: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals lead the way in rehabilitation services, consistently outperforming peers with a unique, intensive approach to rehabilitative care. They partner with every patient to fi nd a treatment plan that works for them. In addition to providing quality inpatient care, HealthSouth in Tinton Falls serves the community with a variety of outpatient rehabilitation services designed to help anyone achieve their recovery goals.
How do your outpatient programs serve the HealthSouth community?
At HealthSouth we have two roles – to provide a continuum of care to our HealthSouth inpatients once they are discharged to home and also to provide outpatient services to the surrounding community. Our mission is to offer a full spectrum of rehabilitation services for the community, and our outpatient programs play an important part in helping each individual patient achieve their optimal level of recovery. We want people in the community to know that we are more than an inpatient facility – we are here to serve their outpatient rehabilitation needs.
What kinds of outpatient services do you offer?
We offer Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy services. We treat a variety of patient diagnoses, including orthopedic injuries, neurological impairments, balance disorders, pre- and post-surgical rehab, cognitive/memory/language disorders and hand injuries. Our team of highly skilled and experienced therapists are able to provide the newest evidence-based treatments and rehabilitation techniques. Therapists work together to create the most effective individualized plan of care to help each patient reach their full potential for recovery and independence.
What are some of your specialized outpatient programs?
We offer many specialized programs including Vestibular Rehabilitation, which is designed for people who have vertigo, post-concussion syndrome vestibular dysfunction or balance deficits.
We also provide a program designed for patients living with the effects of Parkinson’s Disease or other movement disorders, which is called PWR (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery). This is a comprehensive program that is evidence-based, and utilizes structured exercises designed to help slow disease progression, restore motor function and improve quality of life. To further help our patients living with Parkinson’s Disease we offer an LSVT LOUD Program. This is a voice-specific therapy designed to help improve voice volume, speech intelligibility, increase facial expression and improve confidence.
Our Driver Assessment Program utilizes the DriveABLETM which is an evidenced-based assessment tool designed to evaluate medically-at-risk drivers. It is used to help physicians, patients, and family members make objective, informed decisions about a patient’s fitness-to-drive. This assessment is helpful in determining when – or if – an individual who has experienced cognitive decline due to stroke, dementia, or similar conditions can safely return to driving.
How would someone access outpatient rehab at HealthSouth?
Though patients often come to us after discharge from our inpatient rehab, no prior hospital stay is necessary to take advantage of our outpatient rehabilitation services. We participate in most insurance plans. Anyone who feels they would benefit from outpatient rehabilitation can call (732) 460-5384 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
Returning Patients to Active Living
Inpatient rehabilitation facilities restore function and strength so that patients can return to their highest level of independence. You probably already know that inpatient rehabilitation is a must to achieve the best possible recovery following hospitalization for surgery, injury or a serious illness.
But knowing how to make the best choice for inpatient care following a hospital discharge can be confusing. Often both patients and families think they need to stay within the hospital system where treatment took place.
Explore Your Rehabilitation Options
“Many people are unaware that they are free to choose where their post-acute or long-term rehabilitation takes place,” says Terri Rufo, Administrator at CareOne Holmdel. “Families can make their own choice depending on considerations such as location, the patient’s needs, and their impression after touring a facility and meeting the staff who will care for their parent or another family member.”
“Ideally, both the patient-to-be and family members should explore their options before hospitalization occurs,” says Terri. “If an elective procedure is planned, such as joint replacement surgery, take the time to consider finding a rehabilitation facility that’s close to home for the primary caregivers. If your grandmother lives in Staten Island, but the family who will be visiting her in rehab after her hip replacement lives in Monmouth County, then it makes sense to find a top-rated facility closer to the caregivers’ Monmouth County home.”
Terri encourages caregivers to explore their options. “Ask friends for recommendations, learn about specialized programs, tour several facilities and then make a choice based on your needs. The benefits of in-patient rehabilitation include providing a safe environment where patients receive help with their daily needs, such as bathing, dressing, and dining. In addition, post-acute care patients should receive physical, speech and occupation therapies, as needed, seven days a week, overseen by a rehabilitation medicine physician, registered nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, therapeutic recreation staff and other team members.”
Rehabilitation should continue following discharge, says Terri. “Patients are prepared for discharge with a home preparation program so that they and their families are well-equipped to handle the patient’s care and ongoing recovery.”
Specialized Rehabilitation for Brain Injury
Sometimes a highly-specialized inpatient rehabilitation program is required. Dr. Anatoly M. Rozman, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist notes that as powerful as the brain is when in good health, its resilience in revitalizing after injury is also remarkable.
“With time and an aggressive rehabilitation program, brain function can rebound,” says Dr. Rozman. “Although full recovery may not always be possible, early rehabilitation therapy is critical for repair and the full potential for recovery.”
“Most brain injuries are the result of motor vehicle accidents, falls, a battlefield injury, violence, and sports injuries where severe or ongoing concussion occurs, such as in boxing or football,” says Dr. Rozman. “Non-traumatic brain injuries may result from aneurysm, stroke, lack of oxygen (hypoxia), tumors, illnesses such as cancer, and brain infections or acute inflammation caused by conditions such as influenza (the common flu) and encephalitis, such as with West Nile disease.”
“Brain injury affects the entire body,” says Dr. Rozman, “and so a comprehensive rehabilitation program is required. Medical care is the first step in treatment to stabilize and promote the brain’s healing. For long-term treatment planning, rehabilitation plays an important role,” says Dr. Rozman.
“A specially-trained, multi-disciplinary team focuses on each patient to restore the best possible level of physical, cognitive and behavioral function,” says Dr. Rozman. “The focus is on improving the patient’s condition to enable a return to home, school or work, training and adaptation for long-term limitations, and home-based services as needed.”
“The goal is always to promote healing and maximize function and independence,” concludes Dr. Rozman.