Our therapists are all licensed by the state of Maine and are actively involved in your program throughout your course of treatment. Your treatment will include a comprehensive initial evaluation and the development of an individualized treatment plan. We believe in creating an environment that allows close supervision and one on one care. This ensures that your program is performed safely and correctly.
Services include a range of in and out patient Occupational Therapy. In patient Physical Therapy with emphasis on functional, progressive approach to rehabilitation of injuries and restoration of function. Speech therapy, swallow evaluations At NMMC-Therapy Services, we take a progressive approach to the rehabilitation of injuries. The teamwork of the physician, therapist and the patient is vital to a successful rehabilitation program. Our goal is to restore function and allow the patient to return to normal activity as soon as possible. The Rehabilitation Department consists of licensed Physical Therapists, licensed Occupational Therapists, and a Speech and Language Pathologist, We offer a variety of services in various settings including:
- Skilled therapy services
- Inpatient services
- Outpatient occupational therapy and work with children in the schools.
Contact Us at the Following Locations
Forest Hill Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center Rehabilitation
Telephone: (207) 834-3915 Toll Free: 1-877-857-4365
Fax: (207) 834-5538
Address: 25 Bolduc Avenue
Fort Kent, Maine 04743
PHYSICAL THERAPY Physical Therapy is a direct form of professional patient care that can be applied in most disciplines of medicine. It provides a hands-on component which can partner with physicians who have medical expertise in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopædics, general surgery, family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, rheumatology, internal medicine, urology, cardiovascular medicine, cardiopulmonary medicine, psychiatry, and sports medicine. The objectives of physical therapy are:
- Prevention of disability and pain
- Restoration of function and relief from pain
- Promotion of healing
- Adaptation to permanent disability
Physical therapy is a vital part of the total care for patients who have problems of temporary or permanent disability. A medical referral is often made post-operatively, following a stroke, upon recognition of birth defects, or following injury or illness. The physical therapist selects appropriate tests to evaluate and quantitatively measure the patient’s problem. Then, in consultation with the referring physician, an appropriate rehabilitation plan is developed. The PT uses numerous modalities and procedures to expedite healing, and instructs the patient in a home program. There may be follow-up visits for re-evaluation and update of the home exercise program. Physical Therapy’s ultimate goal is for the patient to achieve freedom from pain, independent living, and understanding of how to prevent re-injury. Our PT services are offered in the hospital (Northern Maine Medical Center)setting and at Forest Hill Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Occupational Therapy is a health care profession that is concerned with restoring useful mental or physical functionality following disabling accidents and sickness. The goal of occupational therapy is to assist the patient in achieving the maximum level of independent function. Patients include persons suffering from strokes, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, head injuries, amputations, burns, hand injuries, people with psychological, visual, auditory and speech problems. The primary tool of the occupational therapists is the active involvement of the patient in therapeutic tasks and activities which, while improving function, help the patient learn to apply the newly restored or impaired function in meeting the demands of daily living.
LYMPHEDEMA TREATMENT Lymphedema is a high-protein chronic swelling that can take place in the arms, legs, neck, torso, breasts, or genitals. It is often associated with post cancer treatment or surgeries. Lymphedema may be present from birth but can also occur with vascular problems such as chronic venous insufficiency. Preferred treatment is an approach called “Complete Decongestive Therapy” and includes: manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, individualized exercise program, skin and nail care instruction and patient education in self-management techniques and risk reduction.
UPPER EXTREMITY REHABILITATION Upper extremity rehabilitation is for patients who have affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, burns, fractures, tendon injuries nerve injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, joint injuries, amputations, brachial plexus injuries, implants and re-plantation of limbs, hands and fingers. Therapy can begin starting within days of an injury or surgery, with an emphasis on reducing pain and swelling. Once the pain and swelling are under control, therapy focuses on rehabilitation using splints, exercises, sensory re-education, and training through adaptive methods. The result of therapy is patient’s successful return to work and living a full and productive life.
PHYSICAL or PSYCHOLOGICAL DISABILITIES REHABILITATION Physical disability rehabilitation is for patients who suffer from strokes, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, and head injuries. The goal of therapy is to maximize the patient’s ability to live life to the fullest extent possible. Therapy focuses on teaching the patient to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and eating. Adaptive equipment may be incorporated to enhance or modify performance in personal care, home management, meal preparation, and work or leisure activities. Our OT service, child-adolescent, and adult psychiatric units are offered in many settings including Northern Maine Medical Center, Forest Hill Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center Rehab, home care, long term care, and our outpatient clinics in Fort Kent and Madawaska.
SPEECH THERAPY A speech therapist is a health professional trained to evaluate and treat people who have voice, speech, language or swallowing disorders, including hearing impairment, that affect their ability to communicate. The therapist will also address cognitive disorders such as memory deficits. Our speech therapy services include specialized evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of swallowing and communication disorders. Services are offered at Northern Maine Medical Center, Forest Hill Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center Rehab, home care, long-term care and outpatient therapy clinics in Fort Kent and Madawaska.