Brookside opens new state-of-the-art facility to meet growing rehabilitation needs

Brookside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is proud to debut a new rehabilitation facility that provides state-of-the-art care to enable patients undergoing in-patient therapies – including physical, occupational and speech therapy – to receive treatment closer to their homes than ever before.

Brookside specializes in what is known as sub-acute rehabilitation, which is designed to help return patients to independence through a combination of physical, occupational and speech therapy, if needed. It is less intense than so-called “acute rehabilitation,” which generally occurs at hospitals and involves many hours of daily physical therapy. Sub-acute rehabilitation is particularly useful as patients age. It can be part of the recovery process for patients who have suffered a stroke or fall, who have undergone a joint replacement or other surgeries or are recovering from a lengthy hospital stay.

Brookside’s new $1.9 million facility is designed to meet the growing demands of our aging regional population by providing a level of care closer to home, one that patients could previously only access in an acute rehabilitation setting.

The key to our new facility is the unique ZeroG Gait and Balance Training System, a robotic body-weight support system that uses advanced technology to precisely track patients as they undergo therapies. The system, which is mounted on an overhead track, prevents falls and works in conjunction with therapy by providing a specifically calibrated amount of dynamic body-weight support to allow patients to perform balancing, gait training and cognitive exercises.

“We are proud to be blazing new trails in sub-acute rehabilitation at Brookside and to bring best practices and state-of-the-art care to meet a growing patient population,” said Meir Gelley, President of Nationwide Health Care Services LLC, which owns and operates the facility. “Our facility also provides opportunities for patients to reacclimate to home living by providing opportunities for them to safely practice daily activities in a simulated living space.”

“One of the most difficult things for a patient after surgery, a stroke or other condition requiring a long hospital stay is to reintegrate into their communities,” said Kathleen Belaong, Director of Rehabilitation at Brookside. “Our facility is designed to allow patients to relearn daily activities in a safe environment that empowers success.”

To learn more about whether a sub-acute care setting is right for you or your loved one, please contact our Admissions Office at (215) 881-4103.