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Deciding which rehab facility is best for you or a loved one can be difficult and confusing. When you need rehab care with medical expertise, choose Minden Medical Center Rehabilitation where care is distinctly different and dedicated to YOUR rehabilitation needs.
Patients undergoing intensive inpatient rehab therapy are three times more likely to go home compared to those admitted to a skilled nursing facility.
AROUND THE CLOCK CARE
Physicians and Registered Nurses on staff and available 24 hours a day.
INDIVIDUALIZED THERAPY PROGRAMS
Highest level of therapy available to fit your needs provided 5 to 6 days per week.
Maximize function and mobility with the most innovative and advanced therapeutic practices.
Minden Medical Center Rehab (MMC Rehab) is an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) located on the 3rd floor adjoining the main hospital. It serves as a continuation of the hospital’s full range of care services.
We first opened our doors in 2001 and have proudly served individuals in our area with the fundamental goal to help return each client to home and community. Our 12 bed unit includes 4 private and 8 semi-private rooms uniquely designed to provide a safe, functional environment. The large wrap-around windows of our spacious gym stream in sunlight and provide a lovely view of some of the most appealing scenes of downtown Minden. Our large, open dining room also serves as a training area for home management skills such as meal planning and preparation, personal apparel management, organization and administration. The warm, family atmosphere can be felt immediately upon arrival to our unit.
Conditions Treated at MMC Rehab
MMC Rehab provides customized treatment and plans of care for each client based on the needs, learning style and desired outcomes. We offer comprehensive intervention for clients with a variety of conditions including, but are not limited to:
- Neurological and neuromuscular conditions: Stroke (CVA), brain tumor, transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy.
- Traumatic or acquired brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Amputation: pre- and post-prosthesis
- Musculoskeletal disorders: polyarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Postsurgical patients: brain, spinal, orthopedic and general
- Multiple trauma
- Debilitation due to a variety of medical/surgical sources.
Unique Qualities of MMC Rehab
MMC Rehab provides several unique qualities setting us apart from other organizations providing therapy services:
- Rehab MD visits a minimum of 3 times per week
- Specialist MD consultation where indicated.
- Interdisciplinary approach to care, goal setting and attainment
- Therapy services provided a minimum of 3 hours per day at least 5 days per week.
- Standard of therapy care – individualized (one-to-one) treatment
- Exclusive Technology – NESS®L300 and NESS H200™ for neuromuscular stimulation for patients experiencing stroke or spinal cord injury.
- Weekly Staffing Conferences – opportunity to review goal progression
- 24 hour per day registered nurse (RN) care
- Intravenous therapy, care and management
- Respiratory therapy, care and management
- Telemetry monitoring
- Home evaluations as indicated
- Equipment procurement and training
- Family/caregiver training
- Dietary consultation
- Clinical care managers
- Specialized Therapy Services
- Certified wound care
- VitalStim® therapy
- Lymphedema care and management
- Specialized hand training
- Customized orthotic fabrication
- Customized prosthetic training
Details on Exclusive Technology and Specialized Therapy Services
Certified Wound Care
Difficult wound healing can cause many problems for an individual – pain, infection, cost of care, decreased quality of life, decreased mobility, etc. At Minden Medical Center, we are proud to be able to offer assistance with these difficult healing wounds by providing our specialized services via our Certified Wound Specialists and wound care nursing specialists.
Among our wound care team we are proud to have Beth Austin, DPT, CWS (Certified Wound Specialist). The Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) board certification is a formal recognition of a master level knowledge and specialty practice in wound management. The American Board of Wound Management is the certifying body for the CWS board certification.
Examples of the most common types of difficult healing wounds include:
- Venous and/or arterial insufficiency wounds
- Diabetic wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Wound dehiscence
- Chemical burns
- Thermal burns
- Pressure ulcers
- And many other types of chronic and difficult healing wounds
We are able to offer a variety of treatment modalities to aid in the process of wound care and treatment:
- Sharp debridement
- Compression pumping and wrapping
- Total contact casts
- Orthotic shoe modifications
- Advanced dressings
- Vacuum assisted closure
What can you expect when you are to receive wound care services at MMC?
- Comprehensive evaluation
- Individualized treatment plan
- Comprehensive education
- Interdisciplinary approach to care
- Wound care staff with specialized training
Vital Stim® Therapy
What is VitalStim® Therapy?
VitalStim® Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. It is designed to be used as an adjunct to traditional swallowing therapy.
How is VitalStim® Therapy beneficial?
VitalStim® Therapy used in conjunction with traditional swallowing therapy has shown to:
- Accelerate strengthening
- Restore function
- Help the brain remap the swallow function
- Accelerate the recovery time from a restricted diet
- Be safe and effective for patients
- Help patients achieve sustained improvement and long term results
Lymphedema Care and Management
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. It is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system which prevents lymph fluid from draining well. As the fluid builds up, swelling results. Lymphedema can be classified as primary or secondary.
What are causes of lymphedema?
- Removal of or damage to the lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment
- Certain disease processes such as Milroy’s disease and Meige’s disease
How can therapy help in lymphedema care and management?
The therapists at MMC have specialized training in the care and management of lymphedema. Treatment may include:
- Education – individualized evaluation to review the origin of lymphedema, precautions and lifestyle modification, and current management techniques
- Exercises to promote movement extremity, flexibility and movement of lymph fluid in the affected extremity.
- Wrapping of the affected arm or leg to reduce swelling
- Massage of the affected arm or leg to gently move lymph fluid to healthy lymph nodes for drainage
- Pneumatic Compression – the process of wearing a compression sleeve designed to intermittently inflate to aid with movement of lymph fluid to decrease swelling
- Compression Garments – the process of wearing special garments designed to provide gentle, continuous compression to move lymph fluid to decrease swelling
Specialized Hand Training
Treatment is provided by a state licensed occupational therapist. The occupational therapist will help patients reach their functional goals for work and activities of daily living.
Therapists teach exercises, apply modalities, and perform manual techniques to improve hand function and protect it from injury. Therapists work closely with the referring physician to provide comprehensive care.
Hand injuries covered by this therapy include:
- Fractures and Dislocations
- Tendon Injuries
- Nerve Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Surgery
- Tumors and Cysts
- Sprains and Strains of the Wrist, Fingers and Arm.
Customized Orthotic Fabrication
What is an Orthotic?
Orthotic devices, also known as orthoses, are instruments which are applied to the human body to align, support, or correct deformities, or to improve the movement of joints, spine, or limbs. These devices come in direct contact with the outside of the body, and are used by podiatrists, medical doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists. There are numerous types of orthoses, the most commonly used being casts, foot inserts, and splints.
Our therapists are specially trained in the assessment and treatment of conditions effecting the feet and lower limbs including gait imbalances, pain or discomfort of the ankles, knees, hips and lower back. Most commonly, orthotics are used to treat the following conditions/symptoms:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Metatarsalgia (pain in the forefoot)
- Leg Length Discrepancies
- Sports Injuries
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Excessive pronation or supination
- Flat Feet / Fallen Arches
- Claw Toes or Hammer Toes
By performing an in-depth gait analysis and biomechanical evaluation, your specific needs can be determined. Once the custom orthotic is received, the therapist will provide training and education on the proper use of the new device to receive optimal benefit.
Customized Prosthetic Training
Our physical therapists work closely with the patient to maximize his/her potential following an upper or lower extremity amputation. The patient is provided with therapy to stretch, strengthen, shape and toughen up the skin/soft tissue of the amputated extremity. The therapist will educate you for how to use the custom fit prosthetic limb and help you return to previous functional level.
The patients with upper extremity amputation are educated over:
- Use of prosthesis for arm and hand function;
- Skin, scar u0026amp; stump management, and
- Routine care of the prosthesis.
The issues addressed for patients with lower extremity amputation are:
- Sitting and standing balance with and without the lower extremity prosthesis;
- Gait training – learning to walk with a lower extremity prosthesis
- Skin, scar u0026amp; stump management, and
- Routine care of the prosthesis.
NESS®L300 Foot Drop System
The award-winning L300 Foot Drop System is designed to help people with certain neurological conditions walk more naturally, with increased speed and improved balance. The L300’s advanced technology delivers programmed, low-level electrical stimulation to activate nerves and muscles that lift the foot, giving you the mobility to step back into life.
The L300 Foot Drop System is a medical device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and used by Minden Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.
NESS H200™ Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System
The H200 Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System is an ergonomically designed, easy-to-operate system that helps you achieve your personal recovery goals. Reaching, grasping, opening and closing the hand are all possible with the H200 Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System.
The system’s advanced technology delivers low-level electrical stimulation to activate the nerves that control the muscles in the hand and forearm, helping you regain your freedom and independence.1
The H200 Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System is a medical device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is used by Minden Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.
More About Us…
MMC Rehab is able to provide individualized programs for clients ranging in ages from 17 years and up. We accept a variety of insurance payer sources and will work with the individual insurance company to obtain pre-authorization for admission where required. A pre-admission screening is required for all potential admissions. These are conducted by trained clinicians to ensure appropriate of admission.
Progression towards goals is a key in any rehabilitation setting. Licensing agencies focus highly on the ability of each individual to be able to “make significant progress” during their rehabilitation stay. The MMC Rehab interdisciplinary team provides ongoing communication of the progression towards goals in both formal and informal settings.
- The formal setting – the Weekly Team Conference, is the time when the interdisciplinary team meets to discuss the individual’s current status, progression towards goals and any barriers to discharge goals. The Team’s findings are then communicated by our Medical Director on a one-on-one basis meeting with the client and family after the conference. This provides the patient and family opportunity to ask questions, clarify information, or provide recommendations to aide the client in staying “on target” towards goal progression and attainment.
- The informal setting – the physician, therapy, nursing and clinical care managers are able to provide daily updates regarding the current status of a client.
Important information identified in the formal or informal settings can play a vital role in assisting a client in making progress towards goal attainment. As indicated, this information will be communicated to the interdisciplinary team members.
Anyone facing physical and functional limitations as a result of severe illness or injury has extraordinary challenges to overcome. MMC Rehab is dedicated to working with each individual client to ReLearn, ReGain, and ReTrain physical mobility and functional skills to the maximum potential.
We treat more than just the physical/functional limitations being presented . . . we focus on the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.