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Short-Term & Long-Term Rehabilitative Care

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy concentrates on the mastering of the essential activities of daily living and returning individuals to their highest potential.  This is achieved by improving and restoring function or compensations, and adapting for dysfunction. Occupational Therapists evaluate and develop strategies and skills to help patients become self-sufficient. Therapeutic activities are goal-directed and designed to assist individuals in adapting to the physical and social environment.  Activities include prescribed adaptive equipment and techniques, providing home assessment for accessible living environments, family training, and compensation training.
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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is the assessment and treatment of injuries and disabilities. Physical Therapists seek to restore strength, mobility, balance, endurance, and function following injury, surgery, illness, or disease.  The goals of physical therapy include pain relief, improved functional mobility, improved self-confidence, and adaptation to any permanent physical changes.
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Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is performed by Speech-Language Pathologists who provide assessment and treatment in the areas of speech, language, voice, swallowing, and cognition.  Speech therapy treatment includes services for speech, language, or hearing disorders, dysphagia services, assessment for augmentative communication systems, and devices for persons with speech, voice, and/or language deficits secondary to neurologic disorders and/or respiratory deficits (tracheostomy tubes and or ventilator dependent).
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Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Rehabilitation is provided for the patients with orthopedic, arthritic, or athletic injury problems.  Therapists provide evaluation and treatment of soft tissue injuries to the spine and peripheral joints, post-surgical rehabilitation of total joint replacements and fractures utilizing state of the art techniques and equipment, patient education, and home exercise programs. Manual therapy, mechanical treatments, and various modalities are also available.
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Neurological Rehabilitation

Neurological Rehabilitation is provided by Occupational and Physical Therapists together with Speech-Language Pathologists working to maximize the function of patients with stroke or other brain injuries.  Some of the neurogenic disorders treated are Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease.  Weekly team meetings facilitate coordination of treatment goals and help to maximize outcomes.
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Cognitive Rehabilitation

Cognitive Rehabilitation involves assessment of cognitive status and areas of impaired function. The interrelationship between cognition and language serves as the basis for effective communication, thus a cognitive impairment can result in a communication breakdown.
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Restorative Swallowing/Feeding

Restorative Swallowing/Feeding(Dysphagia treatment) involves the clinical swallowing and feeding evaluation to identify normal and abnormal swallowing anatomy and physiology, signs of possible or potential disorders, making decisions about management, development of treatment plans, and provision of treatment, as well as determining appropriate dismissal criteria. Treatment involves the use of compensatory and rehabilitative techniques.
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Orthotic/Prosthetic Service

Orthotic/prosthetic service is provided with weekly visits by a certified Prosthetist/Orthotist.
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Amputee Rehabilitation

Amputee rehabilitation includes the pre-prosthetic phase which focuses on skin and stump care, exercise to improve endurance, mobility and upper body strength, and new strategies for completing daily life tasks.  In this stage, patients are evaluated for functional ability to use a prosthesis.  When the limb has healed well enough to tolerate weight, patients will be measured for a temporary prosthesis and begin training.
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Pathway to Home

Pathway to Home is unique and innovative pathway which consists of seven common outdoor surfaces, including paving stones, patio blocks, flag stone, wooden decking, cobble stone, concrete, and grass. These surfaces provide a comprehensive spectrum of most surfaces found at the homes of our residents and patients. This is a way to give them an opportunity to practice “in-home” environmental challenges while under the watchful eyes and skillful care of the rehabilitation staff. Our Lady of Consolation is the first on Long Island to use this technique in therapy. It is our belief that residents who come to Our Lady of Consolation for their short-term rehabilitation therapy are on a pathway back into their own home, and this new program enables them to achieve their goal with peace of mind and security.
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