Helping someone who has suffered a disabling event take back control of their life and their body is the main focus of someone who works in rehabilitation. Whether it is helping someone learn how to walk again, speak again, or do something as small as brush their own teeth again, those who work in rehabilitation make a difference in many lives. Memorial Health System of East Texas recently recognized physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language therapists during National Rehabilitation Week in September.
Memorial Health System of East Texas aids patients needing rehabilitation services as inpatients and outpatients. The inpatient rehabilitation services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language therapy. These services are provided in the patient’s room as well as a large gym area located on the 1st floor of the hospital that also includes stairs, parallel bars, and two full body whirlpool tubs for wound care. The team that works with inpatient rehabilitation provides individualized interdisciplinary assessment, diagnosis, treatment, education and training for patients, patients’ family, and patients’ provider.
Memorial’s outpatient facility, Wilson McKewen Rehabilitation Center, is located on South First Street near Angelina College. This facility has been a vital part of Lufkin’s medical community for more than five decades. While providing all of the same services as Memorial’s inpatient facility, Wilson McKewen has the only indoor aquatic therapeutic pool which allows the patient to more easily do exercises without putting undue weight on joints that could be affected.
Memorial Health System of East Texas would like to thank all those in the Rehabilitation Services for their hard work and dedication to our patients. “The therapists and technicians that worked with me were very professional and personable. They gave me a feeling of confidence, and I know they helped me with my problem. I cannot express enough how much I appreciated their help,” said Linda Fancher a patient at Memorial Health System of East Texas.