Good Shepherd Nursing Home Is the Right Choice for Short-Term Therapy

Resident Anne Madden performs strengthening exercises with Melissa Covington, a certified occupational therapy assistant, in Good Shepherd’s therapy gym.

WHEELING — It used to be that people turned to nursing homes for long-term and skilled care. Today, adults of all ages are taking advantage of short-term therapy programs designed to help them recover and return home after an illness, injury or surgery.

Good Shepherd Nursing Home since 1970, is Wheeling’s only five-star nursing home. It is among the forward-thinking health care providers that have developed top-notch programs designed to get people back on their feet and back home quickly.

In the past year, nearly 100 people stayed at Good Shepherd for short periods of time ranging from a few weeks to several months to receive physical, occupational and speech therapy. Good Shepherd also continues to provide long-term care for its residents and was voted Best Nursing Home in the area by readers of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register newspapers.

Therapy at Good Shepherd is provided by Absolute Rehabilitation and Consulting of Ohio, a highly respected treatment team that works with Good Shepherd’s own staff of health care professionals.

This interdisciplinary approach provides aggressive, comprehensive therapy programs that help short-term patients return home and long-term residents maintain their highest levels of functioning.

Good Shepherd Administrator Donald R. Kirsch said the therapy program focuses on quality of life. “Whether their goal is to recover and return home, or to have a better quality of life here at Good Shepherd, residents can benefit from the therapy programs we offer,” he said.

Physical therapist Joann Drnach said she treats all patients as if they were her own mother or father. “I’ve been a physical therapist for 31 years,” she said. “I take the time to listen to each person, so I understand what their goals are. If they want to be able to get to their grandson’s baseball game or get to their granddaughter’s wedding, my job as a physical therapist is to figure out what I need to do to make that plan happen.”

For long-term residents, Drnach says, the goal is mobility. “That doesn’t necessarily mean walking,” she said. “It means, can they get in and out of bed and can they get to the restroom, whether that be via wheelchair or via a walker or cane. We want to help them do that with the least amount of assistance possible so that they maintain their independence.”

Good Shepherd continues to make investments in its therapy program. It’s currently building a new therapy gym to accommodate the increase in therapy patients, and has added medical equipment such as hydraulic lifts, hydrocollators, and ultrasound and electronic stimulation equipment to promote healing.

Good Shepherd is part of a continuum of senior living options operated by the non-profit Welty Corporation. Welty also operates the Welty Home, which offers assisted living for seniors, and Welty Apartments, Braddock Apartments, and Welty TownHomes, properties designed for people who want to live independently but appreciate the added measures of comfort and security of apartment living. For information, visit www.weltyhome.org or call 304-242-1093.

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