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Long-Term Acute Care: What to Expect

Long Term Acute CareLong-term acute care (LTCH) hospitals provide medical and rehabilitative care for longer periods to people with complex problems. A typical stay is 25 days. Acute and chronic conditions that may require long-term care include:

Planning a Day at the Beach for People with Disabilities

surf chairAdults and children who rely on wheelchairs, walkers, crutches or canes for mobility can enjoy all that summer has to offer – including sun-filled, sandy beaches. With a few clicks of the mouse or taps on the screen, you can plan a safe, fun and accessible vacation.

Why Good Shepherd? Why Now?

John KristelSince being named President & CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, I’ve received a number of supportive inquiries from friends and family, colleagues and other health-care executives. Most of the questions I received are a variation of the same theme – Why Good Shepherd? And, why now?

Rehabilitation Technology Benefits Stroke Patients

Rehabilitation TechnologyStroke patients can benefit from the latest technology, whether it is a robotic device called AlterG (formerly Tibion) that strengthens the legs, or vision therapy using LCD glasses to improve visual motor skills.

Rehab After a Sports Injury Can Put You Back in the Game

If you’re an athlete, sooner or later you may to have to deal with a sports injury.  The good news is that physical therapy can put you back in action, frequently to the same level of performance you enjoyed before your injury.

What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema TherapyPeople who have been treated for cancer and had lymph nodes removed are at risk of developing a debilitating condition called lymphedema, which causes swelling in any part of the body, but most commonly the arms or legs. While it is a chronic condition, there are many ways to treat and manage the disease.

The Truth About Exercise and Weight Loss

At Optimal Fitness at Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center, we offer a free one-hour assessment/personal training session to all new fitness members. Part of the assessment involves asking individuals what their goals are for attending the fitness center. The number one answer and often the only answer is "weight loss."

Physical Therapy Can Benefit Seniors

Seniors share many of the same health issues as other age groups, but they have some special needs of their own. Physical therapy can be an important resource for seniors to regain or maintain function and lead fulfilling lives.

Care Management Helps Patients Navigate Their Inpatient Stay

When an illness, unexpected injury or surgery results in a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, the experience is often overwhelming.  Patients may have many questions, such as: How long will my stay last? Will I be able to manage at home when I am discharged?  What does my insurance cover? If I cannot pay for the care I need, is there support available?

A Win for Medicare Beneficiaries: Maintenance Therapy Cannot Be Denied

Physical TherapyIt’s not a secret that skilled therapy, under the guidance of a licensed therapist, is helpful to maintain function, increase strength and prevent regression/deterioration. Yet for decades, Medicare beneficiaries have been denied care based upon their condition being deemed “unlikely to improve.”

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