Posts Categorized: Rehabilitation Center

Round-the-Clock Care for Seniors: The Cedars After Dark

“We let families visit whenever they want. All they have to do is ring the doorbell, just like home.” —HANNAH TEMPLE, RN, The Skilled Care Center at The Cedars THE CEDARS is a bright and bustling place during the day, but the compassionate care and sense of community don’t stop when the sun goes down. In fact, they don’t even slow down. It gets quieter, but The Cedars still hums with activity after dark. “Part of creating a homelike environment is letting residents and patients create their own schedules,” explains Hannah Temple, RN, Evening Shift Supervisor. “We have early risers and we have night owls—and we take the very best care of both.” EVENING SHIFT An admitted night owl herself, Hannah has always loved working evening shift. Hannah and her team begin working at 3PM, helping residents get ready for dinner, socialize in the evening and prepare for bed....

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Rehabilitation at The Cedars: Focus on Occupational Therapy

At The Sam L. Cohen Rehabilitation Center at The Cedars, we have over 40 physical, occupational and speech therapists that provide rehabilitative therapy to our short term patients, long term residents, and outpatients living in the Portland area. Brian DesPres, Director of Rehabilitation at The Cedars and an occupational therapist Himself, describes the role of an OT as restoring balance in the patient’s life by helping patients return to their optimal level of functioning in self-care.  Balance in self-care is a combination of caring for our bodies through bathing, dressing and grooming, and as well as through the reintegration of leisure activities into our lives.  During the initial evaluation with patients, the OT asks about prior level and immediately starts to problem solve in order to get that patient home safely.  The therapy goals are often achieved through purposeful activities where the OT incorporates basic tasks with strengthening, fine motor or balance...

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Rehabilitation Therapy at The Cedars Senior Living Community

Rehab Team Are you anticipating a short-term, inpatient rehabilitation stay in the near future?  If so, The Cedars Rehabilitation Team would like to provide you with some insight into the experience. As patients enter the rehabilitation process, we recognize that they are not feeling as “whole” as they had been; they’re suffering a loss of health and may be uncertain about putting trust into the rehabilitation team.  This key team consists of physical, occupational and speech therapists, nursing staff, dietician, physician and care coordinators who are all there to assess your needs and arrange a treatment plan with you.  The medical staff largely focuses your medical issues – the reason you were admitted to the hospital. While the therapists concentrate on helping you get back to “doing.” Sometimes returning to your prior level of activity comes in phases where you need to learn compensatory strategies during an interim period.  For instance,...

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New Educational Program: Living with Heart Failure

When you are walking through a grocery store, have you ever stopped to wonder why there are so many cereal boxes advertising for heart health? According to Emory University, approximately 550,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure each year! That is a lot of people who are affected by this diagnosis; this does not account for the people who have had a stroke or a heart attack. Many of these people have to go to rehab facilities, like The Cedars, in order to better take care of themselves. To help address this issue, The Cedars has introduced the CHF Program involving interactive weekly classes in the Rehabilitation Conference Room. These classes help educate our patients with heart problems, and their families.  This program started a year ago when Hannah Temple, Nurse Manager on Black Wolf, thought there should be more formal education about Congestive Heart Failure and how to...

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The Cedars: Intensive Orthopedic Therapy Option

Specialty Programs The Cedars has developed brand-new, innovative and intensive orthopedic therapies to put today’s younger, healthy patients on the fast track to full independence. In as few as five days, the elite team at The Sam L. Cohen Rehabilitation Center can manage pain, accelerate recovery and improve the mobility of active patients after joint replacement surgery. Able to choose private rooms, pampered with spa-like amenities and engaged in daily, one-on-one therapies in our state-of-the-art gym, patients recover much faster and return, fully independent, to the life they love. “Everyone wants to get out of the hospital after surgery,” explains Angela Hunt, Chief Operating Officer at The Cedars. “But returning home before you’re ready can actually set your recovery back. How will you navigate stairs, showers or cars? Manage your medications and your dressings? In just five days, we can give you the skills, strength and confidence to live at home...

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Tips for a Successful Return Home: Rehabilitation at The Cedars

Are you anticipating a rehabilitation stay in the new future?  Whether you have an upcoming surgery scheduled, or you or a loved one is experiencing an unexpected rehabilitation stay, here are a few tips that may help your return home easier. Expect things to be different.  Recovery can take a while and in some cases you may need to make modifications around the house or get extra assistance from caregivers. Recognizing that these adjustments will ultimately result in a safer and more comfortable living environment may relieve some of the stress associated with the transition. Start planning early. If you think you’ll need to make some changes around the house, or if you’ll need extra assistance, don’t wait until you’re home to start planning. Touring a rehabilitation center before your planned surgery will not only acquaint you with the therapists, staff and accommodations but will also give you information on...

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