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Therapy team provides the right PATH® to recovery

Therapy team provides the right PATH® to recovery

Whether or not you’re a resident at Emporia Presbyterian Manor, the therapy team at the community offers a broad range of offerings within the continuum of care to get individuals on the right path to recovery.

For many seniors, there is a gap in medical care following a hospital stay for injury, illness or surgery. Often, they are well enough to be released from the hospital, but not well enough to immediately return home. Presbyterian Manor bridges this gap with its Post-Acute To Home (PATH®) program for short-term rehabilitation in Emporia and the surrounding area.

PATH provides specialized rehabilitation therapy services, enhanced by the power of Aegis Therapies®, that bridges the gap between hospital and home. A variety of specialized services are offered to help individuals regain functionality, and in many cases, return to their previous lifestyles.

With a doctor's referral and a qualifying hospital stay, PATH is open to any senior who qualifies for a post-hospital Medicare stay for recovery and rehabilitation. If you have a procedure scheduled and you feel you may need more assistance than you can receive at home, come in and talk to us prior to the procedure and we can help you determine if PATH is the right fit for you.

Long-term restorative therapy can help people get back to their full-functioning capacity with programs related to dressing, grooming, walking, eating, and range of motion, splinting and bathing.

“Restorative therapy is generally recommended when a resident is experiencing a decline, or we notice someone needs help,” said Diane Smith, restorative aid at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. “Restorative services aids individuals in the long-term care setting with maintaining their fullest abilities to live and complete tasks independently.”

For our residents in independent and assisted living, our onsite therapy team, Aegis Therapies, can visit their apartment and provide speech, occupational and physical therapies.

The four core programs for our therapy team are dementia, urinary incontinence, fall and balance and complex disease management.

Within the dementia core program, we can determine the baseline for each individual to assist in determining exercise programs, appropriate level of care placement and gear specific and individualized therapy programs for these individuals. Each resident is assessed based on their cognition level to help gear or programs correctly and tailored to meet their specific needs with appropriate accommodations.

The complex disease management program takes into consideration the resident’s medical status when designing the right program for them.

“Someone with chronic obstruction of lung airflow (COPD) may have special accommodations needed within their therapy program due to needs related to positioning, breathing, etc., and this program takes this into consideration,” said Fred Pastore, physical therapy assistant and therapy coordinator.

“The benefits of therapy relate to keeping the individual independent and providing individualized exercise programs that allow them to meet their tailored goals, allow success within the program and assist with maintaining independence … which is the goal for everyone at the end of the day,” said Fred.

Jim Calvert, independent living resident at Emporia Presbyterian Manor, adds that therapy is important because, “it helps people continue to maintain their quality of life.”


Photo at the top: therapy team members Diane Smith and Fred Pastore

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