RMH Rehab Services Expands Services on Long Term Care


Richland Memorial Hospital is continually keeping patient satisfaction at the forefront of everything we do. We are pleased to announce that we have expanded and re-modeled a 600 square foot area on the third floor of the hospital to accommodate a new rehabilitative area for Long Term Care patients and residents.


The new rehab area includes a full kitchen for homemaking skills, as well as adequate space to provide exercise, gait, and balance training for multiple patients at once. Some of the new equipment purchased for the area includes a high-low mat table, recumbent stepper, and parallel bars, in addition to other various exercise equipment.


Resident, Mary “Jo” Provines, has benefitted greatly from the addition of the rehab area.


In August, Jo was in a terrible automobile accident and broke her neck and her back. She was taken by helicopter to Evansville where she spent a few weeks before she was able to come home to RMH to recuperate.


“I have really enjoyed staying on the Long Term Care Unit at RMH. Everyone has been so kind and I have improved so much due to the therapy and care provided here. I just had a follow up appointment a few weeks ago in Evansville, and my doctor there told me ‘Whatever you have been doing, keep it up. They are doing a great job.’ I thought that was a really nice thing to hear from another doctor at another hospital, that he was impressed with my care,” commented Jo.


Jo realizes she’s not completely healed yet and still has a little ways to go for a full recovery, but if all goes well, she will be discharged and able to return home at the first of the year.


“There is no way I could be going home and taking care of myself if it wasn’t for the Physical and Occupational Therapy I received at RMH. They helped me with everything from getting the strength back in my arms and legs to assisting me in learning to bathe and dress myself again. That Jonathan (Physical Therapist, Jonathan Kuenstler) is a keeper,” laughed Jo.


The rehab team’s focus is to provide specialized therapy skills needed to enable the patient to return home, like they did for Jo. Once the individualized therapy program is developed, they can begin working with the patient at his/her own pace.


“One of my favorite sayings came from a former patient of ours who was 91 years young at the time. She said to me “You rest, you rust”. That positive outlook goes a long way in getting and keeping our patients moving and on track to get back home,” notes Vickie Roeser, Director of Rehabilitation Services.


For more information on the services provided by the RMH Rehabilitation Services team, call 618-395-6031.


Physical Therapist, Jonathan Kuenstler and Long Term Care resident Mary “Jo” Provines take a break from her therapy routine to pose for a photo. Jo also demonstrates what she can do thanks to her rehabilitation program.

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