Feels Like Home

Newly renovated short-term rehab center provides a personalized, home-like environment.

Abbiejean Russell Care Center specializes in providing a warm, home-like
environment for residents such as Helen Hinebaugh, who recently needed a little more time to recuperate from a hospital stay.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Brian helped Helen regain her strength during her brief stay at Abbiejean Russell Care Center.

Prior to her hospital stay, Helen, 85, had been living at home. However, after suffering a fall in her bathroom late one night she was rushed to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center with a rib and head injury.
After being treated at the hospital for three days, Helen’s doctor determined she was in a deconditioned state, meaning she was too weak to function independently without supervision, putting her in danger of falling again.
Helen arrived at Abbiejean Russell Care Center, a privately-owned and operated facility, in early January, shortly after room renovations were completed on the short-term side of the facility. She was immediately put on a personalized rehabilitation program designed to get her back home within a couple weeks. Positive results soon followed.

Feeling Stronger Every Day

“I did my physical therapy twice a day, and each session usually lasted about two hours,” Helen relates. “I would ride a stationary bike for a while and then they would put weights on my legs, and I’d exercise with the weights on.
“It really felt good. I liked doing the physical therapy a lot. And I can tell you, they really know what they’re doing. After only three days, I was feeling much stronger and more confident in myself.”
Helen is one of many who have benefitted from the spacious rehabilitation center at Abbiejean, where residents have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including the most advanced cycle therapy available today and the area’s only virtual-rehab system.
The system uses an advanced three-dimensional camera and specialized computer software to track the patient’s precise movements and allows them to interact in a virtual world.
The system includes a variety of skilled exercise programs for physical, occupational and speech therapy needs. Abbiejean also employs a full staff of licensed therapists who provide physical, occupational and speech therapy seven days a week in programs designed to help residents regain their highest level of physical functioning.
Helen took advantage of far more than just the rehab center during her stay at Abbiejean. She also participated in a variety of social activities, including joining in on Bingo games, card games and trivia contests.
Helen’s stay at Abbiejean lasted less than two weeks. She was home in time to celebrate her 86th birthday with her family, but she enjoyed her time at Abbiejean so much that she plans to return on occasion just to visit.
“The best way for me to explain it is that I felt loved there,” Helen relates. “Everyone cares, and they are just so sweet. I loved my room. I loved the food and the people. It was really a great experience.”
At Abbiejean, a large portion of the resident’s recovery is excellent nutrition. Recently, the facility hired a chef with 25 years of experience and a nutritionist to oversee resident’s meal selections. Each resident can design an individual plan that will enhance recovery and overall future health.

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