ManorCare celebrates American Heart Month

ManorCare celebrates American Heart Month

Recovering from heart-related illnesses can be emotionally and physically draining for both patients and their families.

It can take months before patients are fully able to resume normal activity and extensive rehabilitation or lifestyle changes may be necessary.

As managed care companies seek greater control over length of hospital stays, some patients are discharged before they are physically ready to go home. This can result in frequent readmissions that are costly to the patient and the hospital.

ManorCare is a short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility for patients who need therapy before returning home. ManorCare provides physical, occupational and speech therapy. Working with the patient, family and doctors, ManorCare develops a specialized recovery plan, setting appropriate goals designed to return the patient to the highest level of independence as quickly as possible.

“Many people think that facilities like ManorCare provide nursing services only,” Rachael Hutchinson, admissions coordinator, said. “But that’s not true. We offer short-term rehabilitation services that can prove invaluable to the overall health and recovery of the patient.”

Physical therapy plays a critical role in the recovery of a cardiac patient, as new restrictions or changing abilities affect endurance, strength and mobility. ManorCare offers a wide range of ambulatory, endurance and repetitive therapies to help patients regain as much function as possible. ManorCare’s specially trained staff utilizes the latest equipment and most current drug treatments to maintain quality care.

Education plays an equally important role in the recovery process. Patients must learn how to recognize when they are in trouble or over-exerting themselves. ManorCare teaches patients how to monitor their pulse and administer their own medications in order to live independently.

Frequently, common routines such as bathing or doing laundry must be modified to accommodate the patient’s cardiac capabilities.

ManorCare’s occupational therapists work with patients to teach them new ways to handle daily tasks and maximize recovery.

ManorCare Jersey Shore and Williamsport Campus are part of the HCR ManorCare family. The HCR ManorCare health care family comprises centers that are leading providers of short-term post-acute services and long-term care.

With 60,000 caregivers nationwide, the HCR ManorCare centers are preeminent care providers in their communities.

Quality care for patients and residents is provided through a network of more than 500 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics and hospice and home health care agencies.

These locations operate primarily under the respected Heartland, ManorCare Health Services and Arden Courts names.