The mission of the Health and Rehabilitation Center is to help our patients through a journey that will hopefully end with them finding a newfound sense of independence and an improved way of life.
We will provide a complete and comprehensive assessment of each patient's medical and psychological condition before we plan a course of rehabilitation.
The goal of our services is to maximize the individual's potential in the restoration of function, and to help the individual make adjustments through the integration of other services.
The atmosphere of the Health and Rehabilitation Center is warm, open and supportive. Patients, family, and staff become partners in developing the skills of the patient.
We focus on the individual's abilities rather than disabilities so as not to hinder the purpose of our team approach toward completion of treatment goals.
Scheduled visiting hours are from 4-8 p.m. on weekdays, noon-8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Sundays. Special arrangements can be made for out-of-town visitors or individual circumstances.
The Health and Rehabilitation Center also treats the following functional problems:
Lymphedema, an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the superficial tissues, is a very common and serious non-curable condition. Lymphedema can either be primary or secondary.
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
CDT is a combination of techniques used to manage lymphedema, and consists of four basic components:
1. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), also known as the Vodder Technique, is a gentle manual technique that improves the activity of the lymph vessels and manually reroutes the protein-rich fluid to a healthy portion of the lymphatic system. This is performed daily in the first phase of therapy. MLD is also successfully used in the treatment of post-surgical and post-traumatic swellings, sports injuries, severe venous insufficiencies, amputee stump swelling, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
2. Compression Therapy prevents re-accumulation of the protein-rich fluid by increasing the tissue pressure. In phase one of therapy, this is achieved with the application of multi-layered short-stretch bandages, which are worn 23 hours per day. Phase two of therapy is a life-long phase in which compression therapy is achieved through compression garments that are worn during the day. In some cases, application of short-stretch bandages may be needed at night.
3. Decongestive exercises performed by the patient and breathing techniques aid the lymphokinetic effects of the joints and muscle pumps.
4. Meticulous skin care is crucial due to serious complications that can be caused be cellulitis or fungal infections. Teaching skin and nail care techniques are essential parts of CDT.
To learn more, please contact TGMC's certified lymphedema therapist at 985-873-3555.
Outpatient Lee Silverman Voice Treatment
Terrebonne General Medical Center offers Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) at our Outpatient Therapy Services clinic by a trained and certified LSVT therapist.
The LSVT treatment is an effective speech and voice treatment for individuals with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson disease, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. LSVT focuses on improving vocal loudness by exercising the muscle of the larynx (voice box) and speech mechanism. LSVT also incorporates sensory awareness training with motor exercises.
Approximately 89% of patients with Parkinson disease have speech and voice problems, which include the following:
Results and information regarding treatment of individuals with Parkinson disease and other neurological disorders:
To learn more, please contact the TGMC Outpatient Therapy Office at 985-873-3555.
Balance is vital to normal everyday life activities such as getting out of a chair, walking, bending over to put your shoes on, washing your hair, driving a car or going grocery shopping. Just about everything you do in your daily life, whether for work or leisure, requires balance control.
Why do we lose our balance?
Vestibular rehabilitation is a part of our physical therapy balance program to treat people with balance or vertigo problems. Exercises promote stability and confident as your symptoms of dizziness, fatigue, and the fear of falling diminish.
If you are dizzy or have fallen recently, or feel that you are at risk for falling, discuss your concerns with your doctor. TGMC provides state-of-the-art balance equipment, The SMART Equitest, with therapists specially trained in this area.
To learn more, please contact the TGMC Outpatient Therapy Office at 985-873-3555.
Terrebonne General Medical Center's Health and Rehabilitation Program is dedicated to meeting and maintaining nationally recognized standards that assure quality treatment and evaluations for our patients. Terrebonne General is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO). Our staff is active in many professional organizations.
Terrebonne General Medical Center's Health and Rehabilitation Program maintains a policy of equal opportunity in the admission and treatment of all patients without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or handicaps.
Each patient, after being referred by his/her primary physician, will be thoroughly evaluated by our Medical Director. The Medical Director is responsible for authorizing a patient's admission into the program.
The following criteria must be met for a patient to be admitted to the Rehab Unit:
We know that the costs of rehabilitation can be a big concern. We will assist in verifying insurance/medical coverage, and will pre-certify care with the insurance company. We also accept Medicare, Commercial Insurance, Worker's Compensation, and self-payment.
During the first day on the rehab unit, a patient is oriented by one of our staff to ensure that the patient and the family understand the goals of the rehabilitation unit, as well as the daily routine.
A patient will also meet the physician and other team members responsible for the care the patient will receive at the Health and Rehabilitation Center.
A social worker may schedule a family conference soon after admission to review the treatment plan, discuss personal goals, develop new treatment plans and determine a projected discharge date.
At this time, we will also review the responsibilities and the important role the family will have in rehabilitation process.
The most important goal in rehabilitation is to prepare for a patient's discharge home. A patient will have the opportunity to practice skills learned in the hospital during outings we call Therapeutic Community Visits.
The patient is the most important person on the treatment team. Recovery takes patience, hard work, motivation, acceptance, and re-learning. Here is what can be expected in each of these areas:
6:30-7:30 a.m. Awakened by nurse, wash, and take medications.
7:30 a.m. Dressing and self-care training with the occupational therapist.
8:30 a.m. Breakfast with other rehab patients, or preparation of one's own breakfast with help of the occupational therapist.
9 a.m.-noon Speech therapy, therapeutic activities, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are scheduled in 30 - 45 minute treatment sessions.
Noon Lunch with other patients, preparation of one's own lunch in the occupational therapy kitchen, or participation in Lunch Group (if there is difficulty chewing, swallowing, or self-feeding.)
1-4:00 p.m. Speech therapy, therapeutic activities, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are scheduled in 30 - 45 minute training sessions.
4:30 p.m. Rest time/Visiting hours.
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Visits with family or leisure activities such as music, games, cards, crafts, special events, or discussion groups.
*Patients will receive one session of occupational therapy and physical therapy on Saturdays. There is no therapy on Sunday.
Patients come to the unit as the result of any number of disabilities: a spinal cord injury, a closed-head injury, a stoke, an amputation, or various other orthopedic and neurological disorders.
Our rehab team approach has helped hundreds of disabled patients to build the strength, capability, and confidence needed to achieve functional independence.
Each patient's individualized program involves specialists from some or all of the following disciplines:
A medical physician, who is specially trained in rehabilitation, oversees the rehab program, supervises the staff and directs each patient's medical treatment.
The rehabilitation director is responsible for day-to-day operations of the program and assures each patient receives the treatment and activities designated by the team.
Rehabilitation nurses oversee patient care around the clock and help the patient, along with the family, improve the patient's independence.
Physical therapists work to develop the patient's skills such as transferring, sitting, standing, walking, or getting around in a wheelchair, so the patient can be as functional and independent as possible. Exercises and activities are designed to build confidence, strengthen muscles and improve endurance and coordination. Physical therapists visit the home to make home evaluations, if needed. After viewing the accommodations, they recommend any safety improvements or accessibility changes that might be needed for the return home.
Social workers work together to help the patient and family deal with the overwhelming feelings of fear, anger, and desperation so common in the early stage of a disability . Patients and families are encouraged to identify and cope with these feelings through individual and group therapy sessions. They also work in planning the transition from hospital to home.
Speech-language pathologists provide an individual therapy program to treat cognitive, language, or speech disorders that may interfere with the patient's communication abilities. In addition, speech-language pathologists also aid in swallowing problems.
Occupational therapists challenge each patient to perform tasks of everyday living such as eating, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, and cleaning. Occupational therapists may also make a home visit to recommend any safety improvements or accessibility changes. Therapists can also advise a patient on returning to work or resuming driving.
Therapeutic activities include a therapeutic recreational specialist who works with other members of the rehabilitation team in meeting all the aspects of a patient's life. We work hard to help patients choose rewarding leisure activities which contribute to the achievement of overall therapeutic goals.
Pet Therapy is one example of therapeutic activities that occur. Therapy dogs visit the rehab patients which assists orthopedic, neurological and cardiac patients in their recovery. Rehabilitation is enhanced with animal assisted activities, plus it also serves as a time for patients to share their own pet stories.
Our staff works closely with the patient's family to develop decision-making responsibilities and to encourage and assist the patient in reaching those goals. The family is also instructed in patient care if the patient is to go home.
Our dietitian provides the patient with special diets and counseling when ordered by the physician. They will also monitor the patient's nutritional status during the stay at the Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Skin care specialists, neuropsychology, vocational counseling, audiology, orthotics, prosthetics, and physician referrals/consultations are also available.
The rehabilitation program utilizes a team approach when assisting a patient in adjusting to the community by planning activities such as shopping, movies and dining out.
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