To improve a patient's functional abilities during routine tasks, therapists provide instruction on adaptive methods and provide consultant services for orthopedic appliances, if appropriate. The therapy staff plays a major role in the selection of proper equipment and spends a significant amount of time instructing patients and family members on techniques for ambulation, transferring, and bed mobility. To improve a patient's functional abilities during routine tasks, the Winning Wheels team provides instruction on adaptive methods and fabricate splints or other orthopedic appliances.
Winning Wheels uses a variety of therapy equipment including parallel bars, pulleys, weights, mats, standing table, Motomed, electrical modalities, second step walking device and Nu-Step to name a few.
Our Therapy Department utilizes a multidisciplinary approach for your loved ones. We have on site Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy that are available seven days per week. They actively work together with the Restorative Department and our Nursing Department to provide an individualized plan of care. We work to provide culture centered therapy with good outcome based goals.
Certified Nursing Assistants provide passive range of motion during daily care.
Winning Wheels provides individuals with the encouragement and direction needed to improve their functional abilities.
The evaluation will look at strength, endurance, mobility, transfers and gait if appropriate, positioning, proprioception, and range of motion. They will also evaluate for contractures, wheelchair placement and gross motor function. Also, pain will be assessed and a plan of care to reduce and alleviate pain will be put into place.
The facility offers a full-equipped gym that is utilized by the Therapy and Restorative Department. Modalities to assist with pain, wounds, and to decrease edema with regular up to date training are provided to ensure quality care for your loved one.
The Occupational Therapist will work with Physical Therapy, staff and family to establish and develop a comprehensive plan of care designed to return the patient to the highest functional level of independence possible. Additionally, they will be assessing for pain, contractures, strength and endurance. They work closely with Physical Therapy for positioning and wheelchair needs. Functional transfers and activities of daily living are addressed to build skills that are important for independence.
Cognitive assessments are completed to ensure understanding and comprehension of the plan of care. This may include sequencing tasks, adaptations and equipment to allow the greatest possible independence. Pschological, social and environmental factors are addressed, to help the patient achieve satisfaction, achievement, pride and independence.
The facility offers Independence Way, a room set up with a full kitchen, washer and dryer where patients can work on functional tasks that will allow more structured and purposeful activity. Combine this with strengthening, dressing, toileting, grooming and teaching for use of adaptive equipment, your loved one has the greatest team working together for the greatest outcomes.
Our Speech Language Pathologists work hand-in-hand with Occupational Therapy, Nursing and staff to provide the highest level of function for communication and expressive language. This will ensure your loved one can express needs and wants. Standardized tests are utilized to assess speech, language, comprehension and communication. This may include assessment for communication devices and training to allow for the highest outcomes.
Additionally, the Speech Language Pathologist will assess and evaluate for swallowing difficulties to establish a plan of care to provide adequate oral intake with the least possible restrictive diet. You may often see our Speech Therapists assisting and screening in the dining room to assess oral intake and provide training to reduce choking and swallowing risks. Additionally, our Speech Therapists will actively treat to increase safety to allow for a diet upgrade as appropriate.
Winning Wheels utilizes recreation services to improve or maintain physical, mental, emotional and/or social functioning to assist patients in expressing independent lifestyles. Comprehensive recreational therapy services involve a continuum of care, including:
- Leisure education and leisure counseling to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes that facilitate community integration and vocational competence.
- Recreation that uses activities to enhance health, growth, and development through intrinsically rewarding leisure behavior.
This integrated approach uses the needs, interests, desires and abilities of the participants to give direction to the recreational therapy services provided. A diversity of creative, psychosocial, religious, physical, intellectual and community-based recreational programs are provided seven days per week, including evenings, to meet, as comprehensively as possible, the wide variety of rehabilitation needs of Winning Wheels' clientele.
The primary goals of the Recreational Therapy Program at Winning Wheels are to enhance the quality of life for neurologically impaired individuals by:
- Assisting them in learning new skills and modifying old ones to compensate for abilities they have lost.
- Encouraging them to practice self-care skills.
- Involving them in community recreation programs.
- Enabling them to feel a sense of self-worth and accomplishment through participation in a satisfying and rewarding lifestyle.
Pastoral Care Services provided at Winning Wheels represents a variety of religious denominations. The local ministerial association, in addition to other area spiritual leaders, provide in-house worship services. Transportation is also provided which enables patients to attend the services of their choice. Pastoral care services are available to all patients at Winning Wheels, regardless of faith or religious beliefs.
Winning Wheels offers many unique opportunities for our residents to get out and be active. Check out what they like to call Adventures in Therapy.
Complementary therapies, when used together with traditional Western medicine, attempt to restore balance to the physical, emotional and spiritual components of the body. Winning Wheels incorporates some of these complementary therapies to bring residents to an even higher quality of life.
Reiki is an ancient healing modality that holistically addresses the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of an individual. It enhances the natural ability of the body to heal itself. Most who receive Reiki experience a deep state of relaxation and peace during a session. Reiki can relieve pain, and reduce stress and fatigue.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers and plants to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. When absorbed through the skin, essential oils can promote whole-body healing. Aromatherapy is used for pain relief, mood enhancement, relaxation and increased cognitive function.
Water therapy, also referred to as hydrotherapy, has been used to treat diseases and improve wound healing, circulation, digestion and the immune system, stomach and endocrine system by stimulating nerve reflexes on the spinal cord.