At Woodridge our robust rehabilitation team of Physical Therapists (PTs), Occupational Therapists (OTs), and a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) strives to meet the needs of both our long-term and short-term residents. While these are two very distinct populations with very different care needs, our rehabilitation goal is to help every individual achieve the most independent, pain free life as possible.
New rehabilitation techniques are available at Woodridge that focus on sub-acute short-term stays for patients having joint replacements or who need a place to work on becoming stronger in order to successfully transition from a hospital setting to home. In order to provide the best meet the needs of our short-term residents, they are located in the wing located closest to the Rehabilitation Therapy department.
Arranging for Short-Term Rehab Services
Elective joint repair patients are invited to call or email Sheri Speirs to set up a facility tour prior to surgery. Contact Sheri at 802-371-4712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every new resident is evaluated by our rehabilitation therapists. In some situations, skilled physical or occupational therapy may be recommended—that is, therapy that can only be provided by a licensed therapist. In other cases, exercises or a mobility program may be recommended to be carried out by a therapy aide or nursing staff. Not every resident needs skilled physical therapy, but every resident has his/her rehabilitation and mobility needs addressed and met.
Physical Therapists (PT) are licensed health care professionals who evaluate and treat people with health problems resulting from injury or disease, such as arthritis, knee or hip replacements, strokes or other chronic conditions. PT's assess joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, function, and performance of daily activities among other responsibilities. Treatment includes therapeutic exercise, endurance training, and modalities.
Woodridge has a high level of commitment to controlling any pain that our residents might experience. We believe that pain should never be ignored, and that left untreated can cause undue emotional stress and harm to the body. Residents who take an active role in their pain management get the best results, so we encourage you to partner with us in treating your pain. Our nurses and therapists will develop a comprehensive plan of care around pain after performing a complete pain assessment and determining how that pain affects you. Pain treatments vary for different conditions, and will be continually re-evaluated to assure optimal comfort levels.
Diathermy electrical stimulation, a method of providing heat deep in the body by short-wave electric currents, is one modality favored by our therapists for pain management. This non-invasive technique has proven to be effective at reducing pain and promoting tissue healing, which can therefore decrease the need for or the amount of pain medication required by our patients.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapists(OT) are licensed health care professionals who evaluate and treat people with physical, cognitive, sensory, motor and/or psychological disabilities. OT's help patients master the skills needed for self-care, work and play. Treatment may include therapeutic methods, applied and assistive technology, and environmental modifications.
Speech Language Pathology (SLP)
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are licensed health care professionals who evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. They also treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders, which can be common in the elderly.
At Woodridge, our team of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Language Pathologist strives to meet the needs of both our long-term and short-term residents.
Cindy Roth, Rehabilitation Services Manager
Cindi Roth received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in Maine. She was formerly the director of rehabilitation services at Berlin Health and Rehab for six years, and also provided home health rehab services through the Visiting Nurse Association of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Our Physical Therapists
Denise Hartman, PT
Kelly St. Peter, PT
Betty Jaworski, PTA
Our Occupational Therapists
Lauren Briere, OT
Marcy Bruno, OT
Chayah Lichtig, OT
Our Speech Language Pathologists
Maggie MacDonald, SLP