People come to Whitehall Boca with a variety of illnesses or disabilities, and consequently need individually tailored rehabilitation programs to speed their recovery. We have some of the most advanced and thoughtfully designed programs in South Florida to ensure a productive stay and a safe, comfortable return home.
We believe in an interdisciplinary team approach that brings together skilled medical professionals who can combine their talents and not only monitor every patient’s progress, but make certain that no aspect of an individual’s recovery program is overlooked. Just as importantly, we include patients and their caregivers in our team approach to maximize an effective outcome.
Please browse our many programs, and call us at 561-392-3000 if you would like additional information.
Rehabilitation Programs Available at Whitehall Boca:
Many of Whitehall Boca’s patients come to us after experiencing an acute heart attack or undergoing cardiac bypass surgery. Others come to us because of significant cardiovascular disease. All of those reasons represent life-altering events that include not only physical implications, but emotional ramifications such as fear and anxiety. Our Cardiac Rehabilition Program is designed to address all of the consequences.
Typically, the program runs for two weeks. Patients are immediately assigned a psychologist to see them while they participate in the program, which includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation, and education. We train participants to achieve their optimal capacity to carry out activities of daily living, decrease anxiety or depression, and improve their overall quality of life. By integrating physical rehabilitation and education into the program, the potential for exacerbation and hospitalization are diminished, allowing the patient to return to a productive and heart-healthy lifestyle. See more on this important program. (Back to top)
For patients who seek a carefully constructed program to wean themselves from ventilator dependency altogether or optimize their independence when weaning is not advised, Whitehall’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program provides individually tailored steps to accomplish their goals. Our approach is holistic and includes a multidisciplinary design that brings together a respiratory therapy team, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreational therapists, a social worker and patient care advocate. Classes and other educational components are included as well, all to help each patient return to his or her optimal functioning level. Read more about this program here, where you can learn much more about how it works from start to end. (Back to top)
People afflicted by a stroke, brain injury or brain disease require not only treatment from a variety of specialists but care plans that include communication with family members and on-going support. Our Stroke/Neuro Rehabilitation Program is designed for all of that, and more — beginning with thorough evaluations. Patients we serve through this program include those recovering from aneurysm, brain tumor, craniometry, Parkinson’s, thrombotic cerebrovascular accident (CVA), encephalopathy, embolic CVA, neuromuscular disease, traumatic brain injury, arteriovenous malformation, closed head injury, hemorrhagic stroke and non-traumatic brain disorder.
Comprehensive treatments involve a multidisciplinary approach including physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies. Other team members consist of professionals in therapeutic recreation and restorative nursing. Treatment goals include maximizing each patient’s ability to function in a safe environment, reducing the burden on caregivers, training in compensatory techniques, education, and improved independent living skills. After discharge, patients are encouraged to continue their therapy programs in Whitehall’s outpatient rehabilitation program. See our YouTube video on one patient's experience with stroke recovery at Whitehall. (Back to top)
Designed for patients who require help to recover from musculoskeletal injuries, surgical procedures or disease, our Orthopedic Program takes advantage of a team approach that additionally addresses the prevention of future injury or dysfunction. Interdisciplinary team members include a case manager, dietitian, social worker, physician, and professionals from physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and therapeutic recreation. Together, they craft a customized treatment plan based on each individual’s physical limitations, endurance, pain tolerance, and other factors. The team also meets weekly to assess progress. During the program, patients are instructed in correct movement and sound safety practices. Family members or other caregivers are also provided with safe techniques for the future well-being of their loved one.
Candidates for the program include, but are not limited to people recovering from amputations, arthritis, joint replacements, back injuries, laminectomies, catastrophic injury, fractures, rotator cuff repairs, and traumatic injuries such as those associated with vehicle accidents. (Back to top)
Whitehall's Functional Vision Rehab program is intended to help people who have undetected vision problems — even if they've tested 20/20 on an eye chart or have corrective lenses that bring their vision to 20/20. It's particularly suitable for people with a history of falls, or who experienced a stroke or head injury. Few optometrists are trained to look for such problems, which are not detectable in routine eye exams. However, Whitehall works with world-renowned neuro-optometrist Dr. Larry Lampert and a team of therapists who design individualized programs once Dr. Lampert has made his diagnosis. Neither medications nor pain is involved in treating undetected vision problems. Read much more about this ground-breaking program in vision treatment. (Back to top)
Our Comfort Care Program is designed to improve patients’ capacity to function in their rehabilitation program as well as activities of daily living -- critical issues especially for patients who may be experiencing increased confusion or agitation, Alzheimer’s Disease, an increase in falls, or repetitive behaviors such as yelling or standing unsafely. The program works by taking advantage of individual and group activities that help to reduce patient anxiety, increase alertness and emotional well-being, and improve mental thought processes in a warm and caring environment. Overseen by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, activities include arts and crafts, music therapy, outdoor visits, pet therapy and more -- all designed as an adjunct to each individual’s physical rehabilitation program. We’ve found that because patients in our Comfort Care program learn to manage cognitive and safety complications, they’re ultimately less prone to hospitalizations and better prepared to live more independently. (Back to top)
Patients who were hospitalized for a variety of reasons and experienced a significant functional decline that would make a return home unsafe are candidates for our General Rehabilitation Program. Typically, patients include those, for instance, who have cancer, diabetes, pressure ulcers, kidney disease, arterial insufficiency, non-healing surgical wounds, colostomies, and similar, complex problems. Each patient’s care plan is based on personal needs and goals, and the patient’s caregiver is always an active member of the rehabilitation team.
Team members include experienced medical professionals in physical therapy, nursing, social work, diet management, occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation, case managers, respiratory therapists, and physicians. With constant monitoring and active participation by professionals who work closely with each patient, patients have much greater potential to prevent further decline and return home safely, reducing the burden on caregivers. (Back to top)
Recovery from almost all injuries or illnesses requires increased movement over time, and one of the best ways we’ve found to achieve that is to promote walking as often as any given resident’s situation can allow it. To maximize that potential, our Walk to Dine Program is designed to nurture independence and functional recovery by encouraging patients to walk to meals in our dining room. Residents are carefully evaluated for their appropriate level of participation, and wear color-coded wrist bands to denote their ability to walk on their own, or walk with a little assistance. Participants are educated in how best to manage walking, and are evaluated on a continuing basis. The wrist bands are also used in a similar way to encourage residents to improve their ambulatory skills by walking to the bathroom, therapy sessions, individual or group events, and other daily living activities. (Back to top)
The ability to move comfortably and safely is critical. To encourage eligible patients capable of walking to maintain and increase their physical capabilities, our Stepping Stones Program is a weekend exercise and walking course that takes them through several stations to enhance endurance and strength. Guided by trained therapists, they begin at our gym for walking and exercising education, instruction on hydration, upper body exercise and posture education, and exercise stretching. Walks of from 80 feet to 400 feet are likewise included -- walking distances designed to emulate typical, brief walks around a home all the way to a long community outing, such as grocery shopping. (Back to top)
Our unique Transitions Program allows patients who are soon to return home to practice their skills in an environment that simulates the real-world conditions they’ll likely encounter in their own homes and communities. The program, which generally takes place over the patient’s last week at Whitehall, approaches a transition back home in two practical ways. First, patients practice using their everyday skills in a specially designed, home-like setting right within Whitehall Boca. The room is fully equipped with a kitchen, dining area, bedroom area, and bathroom. Second, patients are accompanied by therapists on community outings, such as to a grocery store where they can shop, pay a cashier, check their change, and so on.
These types of practical experiences in real-world settings helps patients gain confidence in their ability to operate safely at a high level of independence. Read more about this unique program. (Back to top)
Nothing sounds as sweet as home to a patient soon to face discharge from our facility. But to ensure that a return home will indeed work as expected, patients are first given a special passport for a brief visit home to “test their wings.” Their pass includes specific, everyday living tasks for them to try. For example, can they access their mailbox without difficulty? How about preparing a light snack? Can they get on and off the toilet, and in and out of bed? Once the patient has completed his or her field trip home and returns to Whitehall, results are reviewed with appropriate therapists. The Passport Home Program is our way of ensuring that when patients truly return home, they can do so with confidence in the restored skills they’ve acquired at Whitehall. (Back to top)
Whitehall Boca offers patients the opportunity to continue their comprehensive therapy on an outpatient basis. Patients enjoy the continuity from inpatient to outpatient, working with familiar therapists in a comfortable, yet functional environment conducive to recovery. Therapists work closely with each patient to establish meaningful goals and develop specific programs to achieve those goals. (Back to top)
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