9/10/2019 9:03:00 AM Rehabilitation Services expanded both equipment and space
The staff at Windom Area Health's Rehabilitation Department could not be happier with their new expanded location and equipment offerings.
The newly completed department now has double the space in the area formerly occupied by the hospital's surgery and operating room.
One of the biggest keys to the expansion is that it allowed the department to purchase different pieces of equipment which better serve those who need services. The new Solo Step, for instance, is attached to a 25-foot ceiling-mounted track.
Once a person is hooked to the harness, the client can work on balance-related exercises without having to add staff for safety purposes.
In addition, a grant from the Hospital Auxiliary helped purchase a piece of strengthening equipment called the Power Tower. The Power Tower is a versatile machine that includes a hydraulic bench. "We can raise it and lower it, which allows us to help some post-surgical patients who cannot be weightbearing," said Terri Elder, director of rehabilitation.
"It can also be used effectively with the elderly population." Not all of the improvements are related to equipment.
The additional space has allowed the department to expand offices and other space, including a new pediatric room. "We treated pediatric patients in the past, but not very efficiently," Elder said. "Now we have an enclosed room. It has a climbing wall and various swings that are ceiling-mounted."
Ultimately, the changes brought a better layout and better use of space. Now all of Rehabilitation Services can all be found behind one door.
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