Good Shepherd Short-Term Rehabilitation Program Helps People Recover and Return Home Quickly
Area residents increasingly choose Good Shepherd for Rehab and Short-Term Care
Short-term rehabilitation programs at Good Shepherd Nursing Home are helping people recover and return home quickly after surgery, an accident or medical problem. Good Shepherd, a five-star healthcare provider recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best nursing homes, has rapidly become the first choice of many people who need rehabilitation and short-term care.
Almost two years ago, Good Shepherd added a new, advanced unit specifically to help people recuperate following a heart attack, stroke, knee or hip replacement or any other surgery or medical condition that requires rehabilitation. The beautiful new unit makes it easier and more convenient for people to recover and return home quickly. The spacious rooms have large flat-screen TV sets with cable service, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. Residents are invited to enjoy meals in Good Shepherd’s beautiful dining room or in their own rooms.
As part of their treatment, residents can take advantage of physical, occupational and speech therapy, along with specialized nursing care, to help them recover and relearn the skills they may have lost because of a stroke, a fall or medical condition such as congestive heart failure, vascular disease or spinal stenosis. Rehabilitation involves working one-to-one with a physical, occupational or speech therapist, depending on the person’s needs.
Nurses are also an important part of short term and rehab care, working with therapists, dieticians, social workers and other members of Good Shepherd’s care team to coordinate each resident’s care. Nursing rehabilitation promotes residents reaching their maximum level of wellness. It involves working closely with residents and listening to each to understand his or her goals. Nursing care may also involve wound care, IV antibiotic therapy and other protocols to help residents return to an active life.
Nursing home Administrator Donald R. Kirsch said Good Shepherd’s rehabilitation and short-term care programs are tailored to increase each person’s ability to function independently. “Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a big increase in the number of people going home after rehabilitation,” he said.
The rehab and short-term care programs are designed to ensure close working relationships among residents and Good Shepherd staff. “Our therapists and nurses really get to know the person they’re working with, which makes it easier to encourage and motivate them,” Mr. Kirsch said.
Although its rehab admissions are the fastest-growing aspect of its programming, Good Shepherd is probably best known for its long-term care. Readers of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register named Good Shepherd the Ohio Valley’s #1 Nursing Home. Mr. Kirsch believes the satisfaction of nursing home residents and their family members contributed greatly to the success of the newer rehab and short term care programs. “Our residents tell their families and friends about the quality of our staff and the excellent care they provide, and when they need therapy we’re the first call they make,” he said.
Good Shepherd Nursing Home, at 159 Edgington Lane in Wheeling, is part of a continuum of senior residential options that includes independent living, assisted living and long-term skilled care offered by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The system includes Bertha Welty Apartments, Clara Welty Apartments, The Welty Home, the Braddock Apartments and Good Shepherd Nursing Home, all of which were constructed thanks to a generous trust endowed by Clara Welty