WHEATLAND – The old nursing home is being put to good use by housing the brand-new Physical Therapy Department at Platte County Memorial Hospital.
They just held a public open house to show off the new room with lots of natural light and plenty of space to allow for social distancing. There is three-times the equipment they had before in their previous location and there is still room to move around. There is a private consultation room and a dedicated wound-care space for certified Wound Care Specialist Jeff Nielsen to work. Therapist Jacob Lee has been certified to perform dry needling. According to the Mayo Clinic, Dry needling is a treatment performed by trained physical therapists who use a thin needle to penetrate into underlying muscular tripper points to help with pain and movement impairments.
“It’s all one on one here. We make sure to spend time with them (patients) the entire time,” explained therapist Jacob Lee. “We don’t shuffle people around. It’s all about the individual’s needs.”
Physical therapy can help with multitudinous problems and ailments from stiff joints to recurring pain. Therapists may be able to assist with improved mobility, range of motion and balance to reduce the chance of falling. And you don’t need a referral to have a consultation.
Occupational therapist, Lisa Cecil also works on-site and brings 23 years of experience in the field. Occupational therapy provides customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities especially after a fall or surgery.
“It’s an amazing resource for Platte County to not have to travel and to have these options here in town,” Banner representative Carmen Wilson added. “Top quality in patient care with close access to the providers (doctors).”
To make an appointment for a consultation call (307) 322-322-8238. It is located on the west side of the hospital, park on that side and walk in where the entrance of the nursing home used to be. Give them a call, it may be the beginning of a new active lifestyle for the upcoming summer months.