Columbus Community Hospital’s Rehabilitative Services Offers Stroke Rehabilitation
Columbus Community Hospital’s Rehabilitative Services has recently enhanced its stroke rehabilitation offerings by purchasing new equipment, investing in new technology and increasing their staff education and training in the field.
This allows them to offer the “latest interventions for stroke rehab in our community,” said Doug Janssen, PT, DPT, director of Rehabilitative Services at Columbus Community Hospital (CCH).
Since the department has physical, occupational and speech therapists in-house, they’re also able to offer a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
“We have provided stroke rehab services for many years, but have worked recently on enhancing a collaborative care model to treat the whole person with our multiple therapies when needed,” Janssen said.
Cutting Edge Treatment, Compassionate Care
CCH’s Rehab Services offers the latest in evidence-based treatments and equipment. They offer a variety of treatment models to address the vision, balance, weakness, speech, swallowing and cognitive issues that may follow a stroke.
“With our specialized equipment and advanced training, we are able to offer many of the same treatments larger inpatient rehab facilities offer, making the transition to outpatient therapy very seamless,” said Michell Ruskamp, M.S., CCC-SLP, assistant director of CCH’s Rehabilitative Services.
Tony Kielian experienced this care when he started going to CCH’s Rehab Services in February 2017, following a stroke. He has been receiving occupational, physical and speech therapy through the department on and off ever since and has seen improvements.
Since coming to CCH’s Rehab Services, Kielian is now able to walk with a cane in the house, which is something he was not able to do when he started with the program. He has also gotten more arm movement and has seen improvements through his speech therapy.
Tony’s wife, Sheila Kielian, who accompanies her husband to his therapy appointments, has been impressed by the care Tony has received through CCH’s Rehab Services.
“The people have been really great and cooperative and helpful,” she said. “They try to help in any way they can.”
The Services You Need, Close to Home
The therapists at CCH’s Rehab Services offer treatment one-on-one. That means at each visit, patients are treated by caring professionals who take the time to get to know their patients and their individual needs.
“We often have the opportunity to work with the patient throughout the continuum of their stroke recovery,” Janssen said. “This allows us to really see patients’ progress and coordinate their needs for when they return home and to the activities they need and want to do.”
For example, after medically-based rehabilitation is complete, Rehab Service’s staff are able to help patients move into a regular health and fitness routine through their Transition Program with the Columbus Family YMCA.
CCH’s Rehab Services staff and the YMCA share space in the Columbus Wellness Center, so YMCA trainers are able to work with rehab patients as they progress out of therapy. Rehab Services physical therapists are also available to provide fitness advice.
Rehab Services therapists also facilitate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Stroke Support Group meetings every other month and offer a driver rehabilitation program that can help stroke survivors safely return to driving.
This care is part of Rehab Service’s multidisciplinary approach that focuses on giving patients the tools and skills they need to recover after a stroke.
“With the services and expertise available at Rehabilitative Services, patients are able to stay close to home to receive the rehab they need,” Ruskamp said.
For more information on CCH’s Rehabilitative Services, call Rehabilitative Services at the Wellness Center at 402-562-3333.