Sanford specializes in two primary areas of care—Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care.
For short-term residents who are discharged from the hospital but need more medical attention and personal support than can be provided at home, our rehabilitation program centers around individualized care plans in order to meet the exact needs of a resident or patient. We have full-time physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists on-site six and seven days a week, all dedicated to helping patients become as independent as possible at a pace most appropriate to their abilities.
With specialized therapy rooms carefully designed to offer a variety of activities to simulate independent living, and the very latest in therapy equipment and technologies, Sanford provides unparalleled assistance in the transition from rehabilitative care back to the home.
Long-term care patients require a safe environment and constant reassurance. At Sanford, round-the-clock registered nurses and an interdisciplinary team of professionals plan each resident’s care.
For residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, a wandering alarm system promotes their well-being while allowing them greater mobility and independence.
The Power of Collaboration
Resident care is planned and provided by an interdisciplinary team of on-site physicians, specially trained nurses, and dedicated respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists who contribute specialized knowledge to the rehabilitation and care of each patient. Through weekly and monthly meetings, the care team develops individualized care plans for residents and monitors their progress.
Other Support Services
Residents may receive physical therapy five times a week by onsite physical therapists in a fully-equipped gym. Physical therapy is typically provided to residents who have suffered a stroke or trauma or who are impaired due to orthopedic surgery, muscular skeletal injury, cancer, amputation, or neurological event. Every resident benefits from an individualized therapy plan that measures progress in short-term gait, transfers, physical endurance, and safety.
Occupational therapists work with each resident to increase his or her independence in daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. Residents learn to cook for themselves in our fully equipped kitchen, as well as how to maintain a checkbook, make an appointment, or react in an emergency. The program also provides low vision accommodations.
Sanford’s on-site speech therapist evaluates residents for speech and swallowing disorders caused by neurological incidents, trauma, or cognitive deficits. Speech therapists conduct sessions three to five times per week, utilizing a variety of treatments such as electrical stimulation, deep pharyngeal nerve stimulation, or vitastem therapy to strengthen the swallowing response. For residents who experience facial droop, neuromuscular stimulation to strengthen facial muscles is important for appearance, speech, and swallowing.
The Speech Therapist works collaboratively with other care providers to increase communication skills of those residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Wound and Skin Care
The interdisciplinary wound and skin care team consists of a wound-care nurse, nutrition specialist, and pharmacist who employ a variety of therapeutic options in the treatment of diabetic, surgical, pressure, or trauma wounds.
The team also provides comprehensive wound prevention care for all residents.
Nutrition plays an integral part in recuperating, gaining strength, and staying well. Sanford dietary specialists serve as personal consultants to assure that nutritional needs are met..