What To Look For in a Physical & Occupational Therapy Program

What To Look For in a Physical & Occupational Therapy Program

August 1, 2017 Editorial, Press Room

The most rewarding achievements in life are generally attained through hard work and determination. In today’s society, we live, play and work hard and our bodies are a reflection of this. As a result, we often experience hip, knee and shoulder injuries that that affect our overall quality of life.

Thankfully, technological advances have enabled doctors to perform orthopedic and joint replacement surgeries more precisely and less invasively than ever before giving us more options for a pain-free life. “In order to maximize recovery after a joint replacement, physical and occupational therapy is often recommended to ensure proper healing,” stated Melissa Graziano, PT, director of rehabilitative services for The McGuire Group, which operates five rehabilitation centers in Western New York.

If you’re considering an elective surgery, it’s wise to give yourself plenty of time to research all the rehabilitative options.

While touring the rehabilitation centers, take note of the environments. The McGuire Rehabilitation Centers feature specialized equipment as well as suites designed specifically for training in kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and laundry settings. These areas are designed to help you master the skills necessary to return back to the community safely and successfully. In addition, your care is fostered by experts in every aspect of healing. Rehabilitative therapists help you regain physical stamina and range of motion; physicians and nurses address the disease process and medication management; and dieticians help you adopt healthy lifestyle changes and dietary habits. Upon discharge, social workers will help you transition back into the community.

A final factor to consider is the facility’s overall ratings both at the state and federal level. All five of The McGuire Group’s facilities have been rated 5 stars out of 5 by the federal government, making it the only multi-facility operator in Western New York to have attained this distinction. Likewise, New York State conducts an annual nursing home quality initiative (NHQI) which evaluates nearly 600 facilities state-wide. All of The McGuire Group’s facilities finished in the first quintile, with The McGuire Group being the only multi-facility provider in the state to have achieved this milestone for four out of four years.

The McGuire Group’s facilities include: Autumn View in Hamburg, Garden Gate in Cheektowaga, Harris Hill in Williamsville, Northgate in North Tonawanda and Seneca in West Seneca. Apply online at McGuireGroup.com or call (716) 826-2010.

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