Category Archives: Physical Rehab Blog

Medicare Open Enrollment Time

Key points to consider when making your selection between traditional Medicare & Managed Medicare plans – and just how does inpatient rehab fit in? Ah, fall is in the air. Brisk temperatures, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and every other … Continue reading

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A Classic Is Always A Classic

Thanks to all for a very successful 2014 Classic Race Helen Hayes Hospital would like to thank the hundreds of racers and race supporters who joined us on October 5th and made the 2015 Helen Hayes Hospital Classic Race and … Continue reading

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Cautious Optimism: an exciting time to be working in spinal cord injury rehabilitation

The recent announcement of the recovery of a spinal cord injured patient from complete injury to motor incomplete gives me an opportunity to reflect on this eighth year anniversary of my working at Helen Hayes Hospital (HHH) as the Director … Continue reading

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Ambulatory Care Services at Helen Hayes Hospital

Promoting a smooth continuum to outpatient care. Ambulatory Care – or Outpatient-Services are an integral link in the continuum of care at Helen Hayes Hospital. Within this department, specialized nurses assess each patient to gather information and are able to … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Site – The Impact of Alcohol Disorders on Health and Rehabilitation

This is a topic that may be disturbing to some readers and in my opinion, it should be. As a psychologist Board Certified by the American Psychological Association in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders, … Continue reading

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Bringing Back the Classic Race – A Great Competition For All Abilities

All of us at Helen Hayes Hospital are thrilled to be bringing back the Helen Hayes Hospital Classic Race on October 5, 2014. The fist Classic took place in the pouring rain in 1983, but that did not dampen the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Remarkable Recoveries

September is particularly special at Helen Hayes. In addition to the many exciting programs listed on our calendar, our annual Honors Assembly will be held on the 16th at 1:30pm. During this ceremony, our community, staff, patients and their families … Continue reading

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Providing Psychotherapy Services on a Traumatic Brain Injury Service

Hello, I’d like to take a brief moment to introduce myself as I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting all of you. My name is Jessica Redis and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy to … Continue reading

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Accuracy of Info on the Web

“Don’t believe everything you read” a primer on healthy web searching This long-standing piece of wisdom was good advice to follow in the past for anything in print, and is even more applicable today with the avalanche of online information … Continue reading

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GolfAbility 2014

A great season to learn to play golf! The 2014 GolfAbility season wrapped up on Monday, June 30 with the traditional weenie roast and pitch/putt competition. The grand prize was a Calloway Golf Bag donated by our LPGA pro, Joyce … Continue reading

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The Value of Accreditation

Currently, Helen Hayes Hospital is waiting for its every three year on-site survey by The Joint Commission (TJC). This survey is an “unannounced” survey and helps to ensure that that the Hospital is always survey ready. The stated mission of … Continue reading

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Fitness Myths, Busted

Do you feel intimidated about joining a wellness program? Hopefully, this will help clear up some stereotypes. Myth: Gyms are for young people. Fact: Seniors should exercise even more than younger people to counteract the natural decline in muscle strength … Continue reading

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Osteoporosis and Bone Health- a Primer

May is National Osteoporosis Month – the perfect time to think about your bone health. We thought it would be a good opportunity to cover some basic facts. About 85-90% of adult bone mass is acquired by age 18 in … Continue reading

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Stroke Rehabilitation at Helen Hayes Hospital

Stroke Rehabilitation at HHH includes both inpatient and outpatient services, offering a continuum of care from the acute Inpatient Neurology program to our Outpatient Neurology services. When patients are admitted to Helen Hayes Hospital, we are proud to be able … Continue reading

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May Is National Stroke Awareness Month It’s time to get the facts and be “stroke smart”

• The National Stroke Association wants everyone to be “Stroke Smart” by… o Reducing Stroke Risk o Recognizing Stroke Symptoms o Responding quickly by calling 911 at the first sign of stroke • Stroke Facts o Stroke is a leading … Continue reading

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The HHH Foundation- advancing the mission of the region’s premiere rehab hospital

There is always something happening at the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation! Just in this past year we funded the building of a “Smart Apartment” on the hospital campus. This amazing therapeutic and learning center is engineered with cutting edge communication … Continue reading

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Hospital To Host CarFit Event

Program promotes vehicle safety for older drivers A CarFit event, which offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them, will take place at Helen Hayes Hospital on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 9:00 am … Continue reading

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Physical Rehabilitation Medicine Celebrates a Milestone

Helen Hayes Hospital recently participated in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, (AAPM&R) annual Assembly at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The AAPM&R invited rehabilitation hospitals and … Continue reading

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Why Risk Googling? Go for Health Information with a Reputation!

Many people, perhaps most, have questions about health matters. Libraries—hospital, public and otherwise—often get calls asking for health information, and where to find it. To help with questions like these, the Medical Library Association (MLA) asked the Consumer and Patient … Continue reading

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A Valentine’s Day Primer…Making Sense of the New Cholesterol Guidelines

A Valentine’s Day Primer…Making Sense of the New Cholesterol Guidelines The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently released new guidelines about treatment with cholesterol lowering medications to reduce heart attack or stroke. The experts who developed these … Continue reading

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Perspective, Gratitude and Resilience-Some Beginning of the Year Thoughts on Rehabilitation

For you faithful readers of the Helen Hayes Hospital blog and for newer readers as well, let me begin by wishing you and your loved one’s a happy, safe and healthy year to come. My title at Helen Hayes is … Continue reading

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Transitioning into the Community Following Brain Injury

On November 1, 2013, The Transitional Rehabilitation Center at Helen Hayes Hospital celebrated twelve years of serving the brain injury community. The Center’s Structured Day Program serves the community of brain injury survivors in the lower Hudson Valley who have … Continue reading

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MYOFASCIAL RELEASE: IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

Myofascial mobilization is as old as human history itself. The current schools of myofascial manipulation are influenced not only by the most current evidenced based science, but what has been learned from in the past, as well. There are early … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy offered in our 92-94 degree therapeutic pool offers many advantages and benefits to individuals recovering from all phases of injury or illness. The scope of patient diagnoses treated in our pool is surprisingly vast, encompassing everything from post-surgical, … Continue reading

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Helen Hayes Hospital Introduces Side-Alternating Vibration Therapy to its Rehab Programs

Vibration therapy is a type of neuro-muscular re-education, a treatment technique or exercise performed by an individual with the purpose of improving, via the nervous system, the level of communication between the body and the brain. Because of the fact … Continue reading

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The role of the case manager

The case managers at Helen Hayes Hospital are here to help patients and their family members from the time of admission through discharge. Every inpatient at Helen Hayes Hospital is assigned a case manager who will work closely with them … Continue reading

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A Smart Man Makes A Long Trek To Our Smart Apartment

A Smart Man Makes A Long Trek To Our Smart Apartment Rocco Arizzi knows that he soon will be unable to flip the light switches at home. He already cannot open his front door or his window shades. But Rocco … Continue reading

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Living with Lymphedema is not easy – here at Helen Hayes Hospital we can help

Lymphedema is defined as a swelling of a body part (usually a limb), which is caused by insufficient lymph drainage. This is often a result of damaged or blocked lymphatic vessels. It is a debilitating symptom, frequently seen in patients … Continue reading

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New Therapeutic Options for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

The Helen Hayes Hospital Outpatient Neurology Department is pleased to announce the start of two new treatment programs for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD, and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR) can both help individuals living with … Continue reading

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Hand Hygiene Saves Lives

Keeping your hands clean is very important wherever you are: at home, at school, at work, and in the healthcare setting. Hand hygiene is one of the most important things we can do to prevent infection and illness, including colds, … Continue reading

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Hospital Seeks Volunteers For Osteoporosis Research Studies

The Helen Hayes Hospital Clinical Research Center in West Haverstraw is currently conducting two clinical research studies on treatment for Osteoporosis. Qualified participants will receive all study-related care, including physician visits, bone density and laboratory tests and study medications. The … Continue reading

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Total Hip Replacement Surgery: Anterior vs Posterior Approach

I have been working as an Occupational Therapist at HHH for over 30 years. For most of my career I have supervised the therapy services on the Inpatient Orthopedic Unit where patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery are admitted … Continue reading

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So you want to be admitted to HHH for rehab…

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” -Yogi Berra Beloved Yankee player and manager, Yogi Berra, who is remembered for his malapropisms almost as well as for his illustrious baseball career, said it best. And while he was referring to … Continue reading

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Fall Prevention – Staying Safe at Home

Fall Prevention – Staying Safe at Home According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the United States over the age of 65 fall each year. In recognition of Fall Prevention Awareness Day … Continue reading

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CARDIOPULMONARY TEAM MEMBERS ARE NASHVILLE BOUND …

Some of the senior members of the HHH CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Team are not only attending, but will also be presenters at the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) 28th Annual Meeting being held in Nashville, Tennessee, October 3rd … Continue reading

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What Are Those Cool Gadgets That OT’s Give Their Clients?

For people who have difficulty in performing daily tasks, like feeding themselves, washing and getting dressed, occupational therapists (or OT’s, as we are better known) can provide them with adaptive equipment that may help them to find more independence. But … Continue reading

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BETTER BREATHING THROUGH OUTPATIENT PULMONARY REHABILITATION

Do you or anyone you know have pulmonary disease? Do you get out of breath when you walk short distances? Do you have to stop and take a rest when you climb the stairs? Does taking a shower and getting … Continue reading

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ON THE RECORD

When patients enter a hospital or a rehabilitation facility they are usually concerned with the care they will be receiving from the doctors, nurses and therapists; their treatment plans and eventual outcomes. They usually never think about their “medical record.” … Continue reading

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COMBINATION COOKING

The recent purchase of a Cleveland Convotherm oven allows the cooking staff at Helen Hayes Hospital to take advantage of the latest in combination cooking technology. Combination cooking is a method that employs a combination oven. A combination oven allows … Continue reading

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Ahhh…Acupuncture

Under the auspices of the Recreational Therapy Department, complementary medicine services at HHH began with the introduction of yoga for individuals with disabilities and medical conditions, and has expanded to include acupuncture for patients, families, staff and community members. In … Continue reading

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Physical therapy following total knee replacement. Research reveals best practices

I was honored to recently present my doctoral research on total knee replacement (TKR) rehabilitation at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago. The outpatient orthopedic service at HHH provides services for adults with a variety of … Continue reading

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The WalkAide System: Treatment for Foot Drop

The Prosthetic Orthotic Center at Helen Hayes Hospital is a certified center to provide the WalkAide system. The WalkAide system simulates the typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, causing the foot to lift at the appropriate time in … Continue reading

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Stroke: Act FAST

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and I’d like to take this opportunity to make sure our readers know some of the basic facts about stroke, and give them some resources to consult if they want to know more. Many of … Continue reading

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Speech Language & Audiology Services at HHH

Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month! May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about communication disorders and to promoting treatment of these disorders. It is a time to educate the public on treatments that … Continue reading

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May is Osteoporosis Prevention & Awareness Month

Follow these tips for healthy bones!   Smoking Harms Bones. By Quitting smoking you can improve the quality of your bones and your overall health.   The formula for Stronger Bones: Get the Recommended C (Calcium) + D (Vitamin D) … Continue reading

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In Celebration of National Nurses Week

Dedicated members of the nursing profession are recognized every year during National Nurses Week. The celebration begins on May 6th National Nurses Day and commences on May 12th, Florence Nightingales birthday. The dates for National Nurses Week are permanent and … Continue reading

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Therapy is Over, Now What?

Craving increased energy and flexibility?  Here’s a solution!   Are you looking for an exercise program that will increase your flexibility, balance, core strength and energy level while at the same time lowering your stress and pain? Then the Ai … Continue reading

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Hints for Older Drivers

As we get older, there are many physical and cognitive changes that impact on our driving skills. While no one can stop the aging process, there are many things you can do to maximize your driving skills. One step can … Continue reading

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Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

April is National OT month – and by that we are not referring to overtime- but to Occupational Therapy! OT is an integral part of a patient’s rehabilitation program and a key reason they are admitted to a specialty physical … Continue reading

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Hand Therapy: A Certified Hand Therapist Makes All the Difference

Are you a new post-operative hand patient? Does hand arthritis limit your activities? Does it hurt to use the computer or even lift a cup of coffee? Perhaps you have been newly diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, or … Continue reading

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