May 14, 2020
Wells Rehab & Wellness has resumed all treatments at this time. I am continuing to follow guidelines set by the CDC and the State of Michigan for infection control and patient safety. Wells Rehab & Wellness provides all services within the comfort/safety of the patient's home and I am wearing a surgical mask, faceshield, and gloves during all patient interactions. The patient and everyone in the home will be screened using the standard COVID-19 questions from the CDC prior to each session. Anyone else in the home will be asked to stay in another room/area, if possible, while the treatment session is occurring. Even prior to this pandemic, I took a full set of vitals (including temperature) at the beginning of each session, disinfected all equipment between patient use, and practiced proper hand hygiene. These practices will continue with temperature checks being expanded to everyone in the home. I will also be screening myself daily.
Contact me today if you or a loved one has experienced a functional decline due to isolation, hospitalization, falls, illness, injury, or surgery.
March 19, 2020
Although therapy is considered "essential" per federal and state guidelines, for the safety of my patients I have decided to place most therapy treatments on hold. I am also prohibited from entering most assisted and independent living facilities at this time. Older adults are more vulnerable to the virus so I understand the need for facilities to limit outside visitors. If you have an immediate need, such as a recovering from a recent surgery or hospitalization, please contact me to discuss options.
Older adults are also more at risk to experience a functional decline without regular activity and/or socialization. I encourage everyone to remain as active as safely possible during our stay at home orders. You may also contact me if you are looking for exercises to do at home during this time. Or if you need assistance in getting essential supplies, such as food and medications.
The State of Michigan, CDC, WHO, and Area Agency on Aging websites all have valuable information relating to COVID-19. I also have several resources available on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wellsrehab/
While my out-patient PT services may be limited or not utilized during the acute or response phases of this pandemic, it will be much needed during the recovery phase.
"PTs and PTAs are likely to play a much larger role during the recovery phase of this crisis as individuals are attempting to overcome the deleterious effects of bedrest, deconditioning, and co-morbidities resulting from COVID-19. With most traditional physical therapy care suspended during the period of social distancing, patients will likely experience a deterioration of other conditions unrelated to the coronavirus. Other individuals, unable to leave their homes for several weeks, will become even more sedentary, lose mobility and function, and require physical therapy services when restrictions are lifted. During the recovery phase, PTs and PTAs will need be prepared to treat patients/clients with a full spectrum of diseases and conditions." (From FSBPT)
When it is appropriate to resume all treatments, Wells Rehab & Wellness will be ready to assist in reversing the deconditioning/decline many older adults will experience during this time of social/physical distancing.
March 4, 2020
During this difficult time, there are people who can forgo therapy services, but there are many who greatly benefit from therapy to keep them out of the hospital.
If you, your loved one, or your patient/client/resident is in need of PT, remember Wells Rehab & Wellness comes to their home. Please contact me to discuss options during this time.
Infection control and patient safety are always top priorities. I am receiving updates from the CDC and the State of Michigan to be sure I am implementing best practices during this pandemic.
I am educating my patients and/or their family member(s) on the risks/benefits, so they can make an informed decision on continuing therapy in their home vs putting it on hold.