Below is an article from the Grant County, WV newspaper announcing our involvement in the therapy for Grant Count Nursing Home.
NURSING HOME IS GETTING A NEW REHABILITATIVE TREATMENT PROVIDER
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.