October is Physical Therapy Month; Services at VMH in full swing during COVID-19 while keeping a safe environment


National Physical Therapy Month ... October is National Physical Therapy Month. The entire Rehabilitation Department is very busy once again since the onset of COVID-19, helping to physically catch patients up from the down time they had last spring. Pictured above is Shelly Valley, Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Athletic Trainer, assisting a patient with arm pull exercises. The Rehab Department is pleased with the safe system they have established to treat so many in the community that need and benefit greatly from physical, occupational, cardiac and speech therapy. Submitted photo.

New Doctor of Physical Therapy at VMH ... The Physical Therapy department at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon recently grew by one physical therapist. Pictured above is Austin Troendle, DPT/ATC, new Doctor of Physical Therapy in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department. Austin recently graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and chose to return to Waukon where he grew up to practice his profession. He states, “I really enjoyed working in the Rehab Department with the other staff members during a school internship. I also enjoy giving back to the community that gave me great opportunities growing up here.” Submitted photo.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. The entire Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is very busy once again since the onset of COVID-19. The physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and cardiac rehabilitation staff all take the highest precautions with each and every patient, including leaving appropriate time between procedures and using all personal protective equipment and protocols.

The Rehabilitation staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health. The Healthy Lifestyles Rehabilitation Center at Veterans Memorial Hospital is fully equipped for all rehabilitation patients with 17 weight machine stations, tread mills, exercise bikes, NuStep and elliptical machines. The five private treatment rooms allow one-on-one evaluation and treatment with the therapist.

“It is so important that patients maintain their strength and balance at all times of their life. That can be tough to do right now with COVID-19 since so many are staying at home and not getting out and getting the physical exercise and social interaction that we all need,” states Amy Robinson, P.T, Director of Rehabilitation at Veterans Memorial Hospital. “We are so happy to be seeing so many patients once again, to physically catch them up from the down time they had last spring. We are so pleased we have a good, safe system to be able to see and treat so many in the community that need and benefit greatly from regular physical, occupational, cardiac and speech therapy.”

To ensure the safety of the patients, each and every patient who enters the hospital is screened with a temperature scan and is asked a short series of health questions that are COVID-19 related. Each staff member also screens their temperature before entering the hospital. Anyone coming into the hospital must wear a face mask.

Also anyone not feeling well is asked to call the hospital to reschedule their rehabilitation appointment.

Individuals who are interested in inquiring about these rehabilitation services can call the Rehabilitation Department directly at 563-568-5528.

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