Rehabilitation Services

- January 9, 2018

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital offers a variety of Rehabilitation services for both inpatients and outpatients.  Inpatient services are provided on a short term basis for folks hospitalized in acute care or observation status, as well as Swing Bed patients when needed.  In many cases, discharged hospitalized patients return as outpatients to continue their recovery without a change in therapists.  Outpatient appointments are available for anyone in the community with a medical order.

PMH’s rehabilitation services are available in the following areas:

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy addresses restoring function following a wide variety of surgeries, medical conditions, and trauma. Patients are closely supervised as they practice special exercises to recover mobility and strength. Procedures include: therapeutic exercises, gait and balance training, pain modalities, heat and cold, and specialized exercise equipment.

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Physical Therapists Bevin Saul and Melanie Taylor join Jason Riffe, Physical Therapist Assistant and Rehabilitation Services Director, to provide a full range of physical therapy services for the community. PRN staff also see patients.

Occupational Therapy

Unlike Physical Therapy which deals with muscle strength, Occupational Therapy focuses on “functional skills” like self care. Patients learn how to adapt and modify daily tasks to better care for themselves. For example, a stroke might leave a person unable to use their right hand. Occupational Therapy could help that patient modify daily home and work routines in order to be self-sufficient.

Katy Pugh, Occupational Therapist, leads the OT Team, with Occupational Therapists Alicia Hanshew and Abigail McNeel and COTA Kristy Riffe joining her.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy is also offered through the Rehabilitation Department.  Speech therapy is not just for children, but for adults as well.  Speech therapy can provide life-changing treatment, support and care for people of all ages who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Skilled Nursing (Swing Bed) Program

Swing Bed is a skilled nursing program that you can be admitted to after any qualifying illness or surgery to receive rehabilitation therapy or special medical treatments. Therapy is available in not only physical, occupational, and speech, but respiratory therapy as well.  Treatments would include wound care or IV antibiotics.  For more information about the Swing Bed program and qualifying information visit the Swing Bed page.

If you are interested in receiving any of these services at PMH, please contact the Rehabilitation Department at 304-799-1015.

“What sets us apart at PMH is our hallmark practice of treating one patient at a time, and the continuity of always having the same therapist. We treat you like a neighbor.”
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