Our Approach

When skilled nursing rehabilitation is necessary, it’s our goal to help you reach your goal of getting home safely and as quickly as possible. Our experienced team of professionals coordinates with your doctor, while focusing on you as an individual. With your specific needs in mind, we develop a plan of therapy and recovery that’s designed to help you heal sooner and get home safely and as quickly as possible. As an organization, we are committed to delivering person-centered recovery care and achieving our greatest success when we watch you leave—healthy, happy and back to your home and family. Our recovery and rehabilitation team includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, therapists and care coordinators, all in an effort to ensure a complete circle of care. Our clinical care specialties include traditional therapy services, as well as recovery programs for complex medical conditions. In certain locations, we also offer a dedicated environment strictly for guests requiring skilled nursing rehabilitation and recovery. These environments are unique in their spa-like décor, hotel-like amenities and expertise in all areas of nursing rehabilitation and complex medical conditions. At CommuniCare, we call these our Advance 360 Progressive Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers. These centers are leading our nation with the most unique environments healthcare has to offer today. Click here to learn more about Advance 360
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Therapies and Recovery

  • Therapy Specialties
    • Total Hip Replacement
    • Total Knee Replacement
    • Joint Replacement
    • Hip Fracture
    • Shoulder Repair
    • Back Surgery
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Major Abdominal Surgery
  • Complex Medical Recovery
    • Stroke
    • Pneumonia
    • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
    • COPD Exacerbation
    • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
    • Diabetes Management
    • General Weakness
    • Wound Care Management
    • Nutrition Management, including Enteral and Parenteral Feeding
    • Cancer Care
    • Pain Management
    • Pulmonary Care
    • Cardiac Recovery
    • Intensive IV Therapies
    • Tracheostomies
    • BiPAP/CPAP
    • Acute and Chronic Renal Disease Services/Management of Dialysis
    In addition to ongoing medical management and 24-hour nursing care, there are three types of general therapy provided in our skilled nursing center: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Each guest is evaluated by our therapy department and if needed, will receive the appropriate amount of these therapies.
  • Physical TherapyOur physical therapist will work with you to evaluate your condition and develop the best individualized plan of care. This plan will consist of exercise, muscle re-education techniques and balance activities, all targeting the individual’s specific challenges for a quicker recovery. Evaluations may include assessments of the following:
    • Joint and Muscle Pain
    • Range of Motion
    • Muscle Strength and Tone
    • Coordination
    • Sensation
    • Balance
    • Mobility
    • Posture
    • Gait
  • Occupational TherapyCommuniCare’s occupational therapists work to restore our guests’ abilities to adequately perform self-care and work-related tasks, as well as social and leisure activities. Within many of our centers, the occupational rehabilitation area features realistic home and work environments, in which guests practice normal routines:
    • Gardening
    • Checking the Mail
    • Laundry
    • Cooking
    • Getting In and Out of Bed
    • Navigating a Realistically Staged Home Setting
    Upon completion of a rehabilitative stay, therapists may recommend environmental or routine changes that would allow our guest to function better at home. Therapists often conduct home visits to determine safety issues and equipment needs, as well. This provides a smooth transition back into the home, ensuring both the guest and their family members are confident and comfortable with resuming normal activity. For individuals who require memory care, additional professional support is provided to overcome problem solving and attention deficit challenges.
  • Speech TherapyOur nursing rehabilitation team includes highly trained speech therapists, who work to evaluate neurologically impaired guests and develop individualized plans of care to treat communication disorders. These disorders can arise from hearing problems or cognitive conditions, or as the result of a stroke or an accident. They may also present as aphasia, swallowing and/or voice disorders and other communication impairments.Speech therapy involves engaging guests in exercises and activities, based on their evaluation, and can include behavior modification, cognitive therapy or a combination of both. CommuniCare also provides a comforting and relaxed environment in which therapy is conducted—an important element for a successful outcome. The goal of speech therapy will vary according to individual guests' needs, but it generally involves improvement in pronunciation and word recognition.
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Equipment

  • State-of-the-Art Equipment CommuniCare takes pride in the opportunity to serve our guests and strives to maximize independent functionality within various environments by using a variety of techniques, tools and equipment. While not all centers are equally equipped, we strive to position the appropriate equipment based on the needs of the center. Available equipment includes the following:
  • AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill utilizes differential air pressure (DAP) technology, developed by NASA for use in training and rehabilitation. Cleared by the FDA in 2008, the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a medical device that can be used for the following:
    • Rehabilitation of Lower Extremity Injuries
    • Treatment of Neurological Conditions
    • Weight Reduction
    • Aerobic Conditioning
    • General Training to Combat the Diseases of Aging
    Unweighting is achieved in the AlterG® by using air in a pressure-controlled chamber to gently lift the user. Precise calibration, using patented technology, allows for very specific unweighting in 1% increments to as low as 20% of the user’s body weight. Clinical studies show these treadmills can help decrease ground reaction forces in walking and running. The restoration of normal gait mechanics is paramount to optimal recovery and can be accelerated by this patented unweighting technology.
  • Korebalance™ The Korebalance™ System exercises visual (eyes), vestibular (inner ear) and proprioception (where you are in space) to improve balance. It aids in the following:
    • Stimulates the brain and nervous system to improve balance, stability, coordination and posture
    • Improves agility, reaction time and motor control
    • Makes workouts challenging, fun and interactive
    • Improves confidence for seniors, decreasing the chances of falling
    • Minimizes repetitive stress on joint structures
    • Trains the body to respond to an unstable environment (real-life activities)
    • Improves muscle strength, flexibility and range of motion
    • Rehabilitates and prevents lower limb injuries
    • Rehabilitates concussions and traumatic brain injury and all associated dizziness
    • Increases calorie burn as more musculature is recruited
  • OmniVR™ The OmniVR™ is the world’s first virtual rehabilitation system, designed specifically for geriatric patients and those facing complex medical conditions. This easy-to-use technology recreates your movements in a 3-D, real-time interactive experience to provide you with enhanced feedback and motivation to improve exercise participation, repetition and duration. It uses six different skilled exercise modes, developed for those with lower-functioning levels: seated exercise, wheelchair propulsion and control, upper extremity, balance, walking and cardio.
  • ACP’s Omnistim® 500 Pro Electrical Stimulation ACP’s Omnistim® 500 Pro is a versatile, multi-modality electrical stimulation system offering a broad spectrum of therapy options for the effective management of chronic intractable pain and/or acute post-traumatic pain and neuromuscular re-education. It can also be used for the treatment of muscle disuse atrophy and to increase circulation for tissue healing applications.
  • Omnisound® 3000 Pro Therapeutic Ultrasound ACP’s Omnisound® 3000 Pro Therapeutic Ultrasound device can be used in “pulse” or “continuous” modes for both thermal and sub-thermal applications. It offers consistent heating effects for patient comfort. This exceptional beam supports safer treatment for geriatric patients with reduced muscle mass and sensitive joints.
  • ACP’s Omnisound® 3000 Pro ACP’s Omnisound ® 3000 Pro is the most extensively researched ultrasound device available and is supported by numerous research articles for superior outcomes and safety. When applied to soft tissue, muscles and tendons, this state-of-the-art therapy can create a heating effect to help reduce pain, increase blood flow, increase the extensibility of collagen tissues, decrease joint stiffness, reduce muscle spasms and decrease chronic inflammation associated with conditions such as bursitis and tendonitis. Ultrasound is generally considered painless and is well-tolerated by most patients.
  • ACP’s Megapulse® II Shortwave Diathermy Our Mega Pulse II Shortwave Diathermy equipment, for the application of electromagnetic energy to the body at shortwave frequencies, is used to treat a wide range of conditions with successful outcomes. This electrotherapy elevates the tissue to a temperature at which optimal healing can occur. Shortwave diathermy is continuous, rather than pulsed, when it is necessary to treat a larger anatomical area. These medical issues include acute and sub-acute traumatic and inflammatory conditions, chronic rheumatoid and arthritic conditions, resolution of hematomas and pain relief. This system is widely recognized as one of the most reliable and efficient devices in the industry. It provides uniform heating for patient comfort and safety, and output parameters have been carefully selected for use with the elderly.
  • Mega Pulse II Shortwave Pulsed Diathermy Our Mega Pulse II Shortwave Pulsed Diathermy equipment, for the application of electromagnetic energy to the body at shortwave frequencies, is used to treat a wide range of conditions with successful outcomes. The electrotherapy elevates the tissue to a temperature at which optimal healing can occur. Shortwave diathermy is pulsed rather than continuous when it is necessary to isolate a smaller anatomical area for treatment. These medical issues include acute and sub-acute traumatic and inflammatory conditions, chronic rheumatoid and arthritic conditions, resolution of hematomas and pain relief. This system is widely recognized as one of the most reliable and efficient devices in the industry. It provides uniform heating for patient comfort and safety, and output parameters have been carefully selected for use with the elderly.
  • ACP’s Omnicycle™ Elite Motorized Rehabilitation System ACP’s Omnicycle™ Elite Motorized Rehabilitation System represents the most advanced therapy cycle technology available today. It accommodates post-acute patients who may be unable to participate in therapeutic exercises due to lack of strength, coordination, partial paralysis, respiratory limitations and other conditions. The Omnicycle™ Elite supports expanded therapy services for neurological rehabilitation (Stroke-CVA), orthopedic rehabilitation (TKA, THA, Shoulder, UE) and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation (COPD).
  • Wii™ Gaming System The Wii™ helps restore balance, functional mobility, hand-eye coordination, reflex responses and memory—all in a fun and engaging way.
  • General Therapy Equipment
    • Adjustable Parallel Bars
    • Bariatric Dual Release Walker
    • Bariatric Electric Stand-in Table
    • Blood Pressure Monitors
    • Dumbbells and Cuff Weight sets
    • Hand Dynamometers and Pinch Gauges
    • Hi-Lo Electric Mat Table
    • Ice Packs
    • Moist Hot Packs
    • Nu-Step Recumbent Cross Trainers
    • Pulley Weight System
    • Staircase
    • Theraband Resistant Bands
    • Treadmills
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