Odyssey Rehab grows in Motown

Odyssey Rehabilitation is proud to announce our newest partnership with Sundale Nursing Home, located in Morgantown, WV. Odyssey Rehab will be providing PT, OT and SLP services to the residents of Sundale. “Odyssey is very excited to develop a long standing relationship with Mr. Hicks and the staff at Sundale”, said Mike Dotson, Chief Marketing Officer with Odyssey. “They are committed to providing their residents with the highest level of care and we can’t wait to assist with that.”

Odyssey will begin services March 1st, 2016. Please read below to learn a little more about this great facility…….

Sundale Nursing Home is a newly remodeled 100 bed facility located on J.D. Anderson Drive in Morgantown. Using an interdisciplinary team approach, Sundale provides a wide variety of services that normally are not recognized by individuals who have not been involved in the facility. Administrative staff, attending physicians, nurses, social workers, a dietary manager, activities director, restorative nursing staff and rehabilitative services all work together to develop an individual treatment plan for Sundale residents.


Sundale Nursing Home

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Below is an article from the Grant County, WV newspaper announcing our involvement in the therapy for Grant Count Nursing Home.



The way Ester Jones sees it, just about everyone at a nursing home can benefit from some kind of rehabilitative therapy. Starting August 1st, Jones’ employer will be providing rehabilitative services to residents of the Grant County Nursing Home.

The company is Odyssey Rehabilitation, a Bridgeport based provider established in 2006. The company provides services to an estimated 30 facilities in the state, plus a few in VA.

Jones and Mike Dotson, were at the nursing home, last week, meeting staff and getting their corporate feet on the ground. The company has named Diana Hymes as their on-site Clinical Manager. She is a familiar face for both the staff and residents, having worked there before for a previous therapy provider. “Everyone knows Diana and we think she’ll do a good job for us,” said Terry Shobe, administrator. Shobe said Odyssey will work closely with the nursing home’s own restorative health program to meet residents’ needs. “We’re really glad to have them here,” said Ann Keilan, the facility’s Director of Nursing about the company. “We’re looking forward to their programs.” Odyssey will be providing residents with three varieties of therapy, Physical, Occupational and Speech. Of those three, perhaps Occupational needs the most explanation. Rather than providing assistance in gaining a job, Occupational therapy is designed to help residents gain a better ability to do the things which they enjoy. “We look at what people do to occupy themselves,” explained Jones. “We look at their ability to do for themselves.” A list of these “occupations” could include hobbies, housekeeping, getting dressed, bathing and doing chores. In the case of a resident who like to garden, occupational therapy might result in training to use a mechanical “reacher,” or access to raised box gardens. Jones is also trained to work with people suffering from dementia. She is an adjunct professor at WVU. One of the services Odyssey expects to offer residents is access to skills offer by employee Valerie Felicetti, perhaps the state’s only physical therapist who is also a certified rehabilitative engineer and assistance technologist. Felicetti’s training allows her to tailor, fit and design wheelchairs and other adaptive devices to best suit clients’ needs.

Odyssey will have staff at the nursing home five days a week, plus weekends as needed. Shobe also reported the nursing home recently underwent a pair of state Department of Health surveys and retained its “5-star” rating.

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Odyssey Rehabilitation’s Newest Partners


Odyssey Rehabilitation would like to announce its newest partner, Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg, WV. Odyssey will begin providing therapy services on August 1st. 


Odyssey Rehabilitation would like to formally announce its partnership with American Health Care, LLC. As always, Odyssey values in partnerships and looks forward to a long relationship with AHC. “American Health Care’s mission is that ‘our family exist to take care of yours’ and in our short time together, we at Odyssey have found that to be exactly the case.” says Mike Dotson, with Odyssey Rehabilitation. “Odyssey is very excited about working together with AHC to impact the quality of life of all the residents at Heritage Hall-Rich Creek.”

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Cortland Acres Partnership Announced

Cortland Acres, Odyssey Rehabilitation partner to expand therapy services

THOMAS, W.VA. – Cortland Acres has partnered with Odyssey Rehabilitation to provide outstanding care to short- and long-term inpatient clients at Cortland.
As part of the agreement that started this spring, Odyssey will coordinate physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services for inpatient clients and residents at Cortland Acres. Odyssey also assists with outpatient care when necessary.
“Cortland is committed to providing the best possible care to people, and Odyssey shares that value,” Administrator Beth Clevenger said. “We’re able to offer additional rehabilitation and therapy services, which helps every person reach their full potential. We focus on short-term and long-term rehabilitation.”
Mike Dotson, chief sales officer for Odyssey Rehabilitation, said the two entities already have proven to be a good fit for each other.
“Odyssey is committed to consistently providing the best possible patient care for residents,” Dotson said. “We have different individualized plans for different people – the goal is to maximize everyone’s potential.”
Dotson said a variety of programs can be implemented to address specific items such as falls, dementia, incontinence or other issues that arise.
“We see what fits based on the population’s needs and screen quarterly to see what changes or additions need to be made,” he said.
Odyssey’s team works closely with Cortland Acres staff members on a daily basis and is fully integrated into Cortland’s existing team of health care professionals.
Odyssey is based in Bridgeport and works across West Virginia and Virginia. The company, originally started in 2006 as West Virginia Therapy Services, now provides services to more than two dozen facilities.
“We’re excited to work with Cortland Acres and appreciate their dedication to the well-being of their residents,” Dotson said. “We’re confident this will be a great partnership.”
Clevenger noted that Cortland’s outpatient rehabilitation and therapy team, under the leadership of Physical Therapist Alisha McCune, will continue to provide the same great service to outpatients.
For more information about the services offered at Cortland Acres, visit http://www.cortlandacres.org or call 304-463-4181. For more information about Odyssey Rehabilitation, visit http://www.odysseyrehab.com.

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Testimonial from GlenWood Park Retirement Village

Recently, Raegan Aylor-Biggs, our Clinical Manager from GlenWood Park Retirement Village in Princeton, WV, was speaking at a Lunch and Learn designed to help the facility obtain new residents.  Attending the presentation were people from the community, GWP staff and current residents of GlenWood Park.  After Raegan was finished speaking about the benefits of therapy a women stood up who is a current resident of GlenWood and said the following:

“Three and a half years ago I came to GlenWood after a winter very similar to this one.  I had fallen eight times, the last fall I wound up on my back and could not get up.  I lived alone in a house with stairs and four floors!  I have severe scoliosis and managed to scoot and crawl to a low chair and was able to pull myself up.  My decision to come to GlenWood followed.  I thought by this time (3 1/2 years later) I would not be able to walk.  I am still walking with my roller walker and I am not in a wheelchair yet.  Physical therapy taught me exercises before I get out of bed in the morning.  We have exercises three times a week with a group and I walk 15 minutes, three times after every meal.  I rest a lot!!”

What an incredible testament to the therapy staff at GlenWood Park.  They impacted this woman, unknowingly, enough to have her stand up in a setting the did not require her to, and tell her story.  A story that she was proud of and wanted to share with others in hopes that they would come to this facility to live and take advantage of everything that GlenWood Park has to offer.  Congratulations to everyone involved!

In GlenwWood Park Retirement Village’s Assisted Living Facility, interested residents participate in therapy for a short, two week intervention to establish a baseline for providing training and educations regarding a Functional maintenance Exercise Program.  These exercises include head to toe stretches, resistance training for the arms and legs, aerobic activity, and standing exercises to improve balance.  Physical and Occupational therapists initially teach these residents the exercise routines, determine their tolerance to resistance and activities, and assess their ability to safely complete the balance exercises.  Once the Functional Maintenance Exercise Program has been established based on each resident’s individual needs, he/she is discharged from therapy services, as the Program is run by the facility staff, three(3) days per week.  This program has become so popular in assisted living that the activities department now has two sessions on each of those days!

Facility staff and therapy staff as well have noticed improvements in overall activity tolerance, maintenance with activities of daily living and decreased falls in the assisted living population.  We believe these are all in part related to the Functional Maintenance Exercise Program.




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For the past two years, each November 1st, our therapy department receives a thank you card from a very special patient and her family. This is the anniversary of what she feels was the beginning of the biggest accomplishment of her life- the day she stood for seven seconds!

This young woman came to our swing bed program with report that she would be ‘bed bound’ for the remainder of her life after narrowly surviving extreme odds. She had severe global Muscle Wasting caused by prolonged hospitalization for treatment of severe exacerbation of Myasthenia Gravis, critical Renal and Hepatic Failure, and severe Sepsis. She was a new grandmother, an active member of her community and church, and was not ready to “give up on life” as her previous physicians had warned.

We started slow, Speech Therapy with VitalStim treatments, PT and OT with simple active assisted range of motion of upper and lower extremities and sitting with the head of her bed elevated. After about a week, she was ready to sit on the edge of the bed. Because her skin was extremely fragile, we had to first apply several layers of skin protecting garments, both on the patient and on her bed, before we could begin. For the first week, she could first sit for 10 minutes, a couple of times per day with assist of three therapists to ensure her safety. Then, she could tolerate 30 minutes, several times per day, with two therapists with the introduction of seated active range of motion and core stability activities.

November 1st, 2011, with close family, her favorite nurse, and three therapists, she stood for the first time in three months! After two unsuccessful attempts to get into standing, on the third try we saw success and all instinctually began to shout “One. Two. Three…” She stood for seven seconds- the longest 7 seconds of her life, she jokes! She still tells us how well she can remember how she felt with weight bearing on her feet. ‘It was like my body remembered that it had legs and those legs are used for walking!’ From that point on, she was unstoppable!   We spent hours training family members and select staff on exercises and activities to be completed on nights and weekends, always with extra attention given to her need for rest- as she would frequently try to work around the clock!

The next week, we approached the subject of power mobility. At first, she responded with tears, fearful that her therapists had just ‘built her up’ to believe that she would walk, but not believe it ourselves. We explained all of the benefits of a power chair- especially reiterating how important it is to be mindful of muscle overuse with Myasthenia Gravis. Wearily she agreed to meet with an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), with her family encouraging her ‘explore all options’. This ATP was a known colleague of our new PT and was very experienced! He helped us further encourage her to never give up on walking, but understand that power mobility will only help her achieve her goals. Quickly she understood how tilt-in-space, pressure reduction, and adequate spinal support would actually improve her potential for full recovery and was very excited to receive her power chair on her last day with us. She and her family were now more motivated than ever!

Within her 11 week stay, she was discharged twice to acute care at our facility for sepsis and renal failure. But that didn’t stop her! She convinced her doctor and her therapists that she absolutely had to continue with any therapy she could tolerate. So, we kept going- sometimes regressing by weeks of progress. We worked closely with her doctor and nurses to monitor her medical status to ensure that treatment was safe for her- blood sugar (which could at anytime be asymptomatically 40 or 400), oxygen saturation, blood pressure, skin breakdown, temperature, and any other sign of failure in her multitude of severely impaired organ systems.

Because of her determination and the excellent team work of her therapists, physicians, nurses, and family, she was able get home by Christmas!  On the very last day, she drove out to the nurse’s station on her ‘fancy pants’ wheel chair, where she stopped several feet before the elevator. Everyone was gathered to share their praises and blessings and reminisce on the turbulent days she had spent with all of them. Then, with what seemed like 100 supporters, she stood up, grabbed her rollator and walked to the elevator without any help. When the door opened, she turned and yelled out to everyone “I told you all I would walk out of here!  And it’s all thanks to you!”

We still keep in touch. She and her husband are sure to visit whenever they can, always ‘showing off’ some new and exciting functional improvement. She now is able to walk significant distances with her rollator, which she no longer needs to use in her home. She doesn’t need any assistance with ADLs, and can eat whatever she wants!  She always tries to give her therapists credit for her remarkable recovery, but we try even harder to ensure her that it is her refusal to give up that got her so far.

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Odyssey Rehabilitation Turns 7

For those of you who do not know, May 23rd, 2006 was the official birth of WV Therapy Services, LLC. Over the next 6 years, West Virginia Therapy Services grew to be one of the prominent contract therapy companies in WV. With that success and the goal of continuing to grow, WVTS decided to change its name to Odyssey Rehabilitation in May of 2012. This change has afforded a great deal of opportunity, such as entering our services into Virginia and hitting the 25 facility mark. Odyssey Rehabilitation would like to thank all of those involved over the past 7 years as we all look forward to continued success!!

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