Physical therapy assistant Deanna McKenzie works on rehabilitating Harold Kallies’ leg after knee therapy at the Iron County Medical Care Facility.
CRYSTAL FALLS—The Iron County Medical Care Facility offers a full onsite in- and out-patient rehab clinic and trained staff in the Skyway Rehab Services.
Soon, the facility will also boast a brand new short-term rehabilitation wing. With the new addition scheduled to be completed in about one year, the short-term rehab center will offer direct access to the therapy department and will only be occupied with short-term rehab patients.
Once completed, the rehabilitation wing will offer occupants a separate dining area and a place to receive care while working toward going home. For patients receiving occupational therapy, the wing will also feature a mock home setting, including a kitchen and bathroom area, for real-scale practice as residents prepare to return home.
Lisa Curnow and Megan Jacobs, occupational therapists, and Susan Jackson, certified occupational therapy assistant, use their 32 total years of experience to aid the residents.
They work with “self care tasks,” helping to develop or maintain skills needed with: mobility, cooking and feeding, dressing, hygiene, transportation, money management, housework, and laundry. “We are able to return many residents back to their home environment, which is certainly the most rewarding aspect of our job,” said Curnow, Occupational Therapy Department head. “We have a terrific staff that truly care about the process and celebrate the progress with each and every resident.”
Physical therapist Deb Rossato and physical therapy assistants Deanna McKenzie, Diane Simbob and Andy Roell work to maximize a resident’s level of functioning.
Many rehab patients start their therapy at the facility and continue to work with Skyway Rehab therapists after they return home. This helps achieve continuity of care, with the same staff seeing the patients’ rehab process from the beginning to the end.
This is the case for Harold Kallies. He is a Crystal Falls resident and owner of the Crystal Waters Resort. Kallies is currently a short-term resident while he receives rehab for his second knee replacement.
He was so impressed with the level of care during his first stay at the facility that he chose their care for his second as well.
“The care and staff here is wonderful,” he said. “The therapists work with you, and they are very professional. They know specifically what you need to get stronger and ‘back to real life.’ I highly recommend their care to others who are doing short-term rehabilitation.”
For short-term inpatient therapy services, contact Cindy Lichtenberger at 906-875-6671.