Second Chance Program Offers a Boost for Those with Chronic Conditions
Chronic debilitating conditions, like multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease, are often progressively degenerative, which means that symptoms worsen over time. Symptoms are often physically painful, but they also can be emotionally draining when one is faced with the loss of function and independence. The good news is that rehabilitation help is available to give you or your loved one a boost – whenever needed – throughout the progressive path of a chronic condition.
The Second Chance Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, offers you the chance to improve your physical condition no matter how much time has passed since the initial diagnosis or your last therapy sessions.
This program can help patients who have issues with:
- Other activities of daily living
The concentrated inpatient stay will last approximately two weeks and aims to improve function, independence, quality of life and hopefully, allow one to continue to live in their own home. These goals are achieved through a well-coordinated team of rehabilitation experts that includes
- Physicians and nurses who specialize in rehabilitation
- Physical therapists to improve movement and function
- Occupational therapists to improve daily living skills
- Speech and language therapists to improve speaking and swallowing
Individualized goals will be set based on your needs, and your treatment may include: cognitive rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, hand therapy, locomotor training, vision therapy, speech therapy, bowel/bladder management, recreational therapy and more. Patient and family education is an important component to the program, and family participation is encouraged.
The Second Chance Program at Good Shepherd is ideal for patients who have had a recent change in their condition and/or patients with chronic conditions, such as:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury
- Post-Polio Syndrome
- Other neurological conditions
If you want to gain more function and independence, call the Good Shepherd Physician Group to schedule a Second Chance evaluation. One of Good Shepherd’s expert physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians will evaluate you for admission based on admissions criteria.
If you do not meet admissions criteria at the time of initial evaluation, your Good Shepherd physician may recommend outpatient or in-home therapy options and will continue to follow your progress. Your needs will change over time, and inpatient admission may be appropriate at a future time.
To learn more or to schedule an evaluation, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or contact us online today.
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