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VitalStim Therapy – A Breakthrough Therapy To Treat Dysphagia
                                                                    Developed by     The VitalStim when applied in this               THe HeaLTH CenTeR
                                                                Marcy Freed, a       manner, increases muscle strength,                 aT GaLLOWay
                                                                Speech Language      accelerate cortical reorganization, and
                                                                                                                                   Senior Management north
                                                                Pathologist,         increases the effectiveness of the exer-
                                                                                                                                       When loved ones can no longer
                                                                VitalStim            cise therapy.
                                                                                        The VitalStim Therapy must be
                                                                                                                                    care for themselves or are recover-
                                                                Therapy System
                                                                was designed as      prescribed by a physician and can              ing from injury or serious illness
                                                                a safe and effec-    only be administered by a VitalStim-           such as a heart attack or stroke, the
                                                                tive non-invasive,   certified therapist. Across the country,       entire family is affected. Our expe-
66 W Jimmie Leeds Rd, Galloway
                                                                external electri-    Speech Language Pathologists and cli-          rience has taught us that success-
Written By: Sherri Ridgway,               cal stimulation treatment cleared to       nicians are reporting great results for        ful rehabilitation and living a life
Director of Admissions                    market by the FDA (Food & Drug             their dysphagia patients. The Health           with dignity involves everyone.
                                          Administration) in 2002 for patients       Center at Galloway has always been                The focus of skilled nursing and
   Dysphagia                              suffering with dif-                                         committed to provide          rehabilitation is on the whole person
                                          ficulty swallowing or                                       the latest technol-           beginning the day of admission
                   is an
   (difficulty swallowing)
                                          dysphagia. VitalStim                                        ogy and up to date            when the patient meets with a team
   affliction that can                    Therapy is backed                                           services to our clients.      of professionals who develop a per-
   profoundly decrease a                  by comprehensive                                            Thanks to Kristy
                                                                                                                                    sonalized plan of care. Each patient
   person’s quality of life.              clinical data. To                                           Pantano, Speech
                                                                                                                                    is an individual and age is not the
                                          establish the safeness                                      Language Pathologist,
                                                                                                                                    number of years one has lived but
                                          and efficaciousness                                         and a VitalStim-
                                                                                                                                    instead their physical and emotion-
                                          of the treatment, the                                       certified therapist
                                          FDA requested and reviewed data            with Select Rehabilitation our
                                                                                                                                    al condition. With this in mind,
                                          on over 800 patients, and 300 of           patients can take advantage of this            a plan of care is developed with the
                                          these patients for a 3 year follow-up.     treatment. Physical, Occupational,             patient and family members are
                                          Another published study demon-             and Speech Therapy is offered 7 days           encouraged to participate. We begin
                                          strated the lasting positive impact of     a week so our patients can maximize            with personal preferences. Are you
                                          VitalStim in a group of patients for       their rehabilitation time                      a morning person? Do you eat a big




I patients must rely on tube feed-
                                          whom previous attempts at dysphagia        at the facility.                               breakfast? Do you prefer showers or
                                          therapy had failed. The VitalStim                                                         baths?
    n most severe cases, dysphagia        Therapy System involves the admin-
                                          istration of small, electrical impulses
                                                                                       Community                                       Whether rehabilitating or in need
                                                                                                                                    of skilled nursing care, getting
ing to receive nourishment. It is esti-   to the swallowing muscles in the
                                                                                       Event:
                                                                                                                                    to know who someone is and what
mated that dysphagia affects between      throat through electrodes attached to        Ce Breakfast with
6 and 15 million adults and an                                                                                                      they value helps make patients
                                          the skin overlaying the musculature.         Stockton: 7:30 am-9 am                       more comfortable, facilitates quick-
unknown number of children in the
                                          Once the electrodes are placed and           1st Wednesday of the Month,
United States. Many of these patients                                                                                               er recovery and allows residents to
develop serious complications, at a       current intensity has been increased         January 5, February 2, March 2.
                                                                                                                                    live a life with greater dignity.
staggering cost of billions in health-    to a satisfactory level, the certified       Call Sherri Ridgway or register
care expenses.                            therapist commences traditional              through Stockton website                     Call a local facility at
   Unfortunately, conventional            exercise therapy with the patient.                                                        (609)748-9100 to make an appoint-
                                                                                                                                    ment and let us help you through
treatment has often failed to             The patient exercises the swallowing         amputee Support Group                        the process.
offer relief – until now.                 muscles for periods of up to one hour        2nd Wednesday of Month.
                                                                                                                                    Admissions are accepted 24 hours
                                          while receiving concurrent VitalStim.        Note new time: 2:00 p.m.                     per day and 7 days a week...


 The Health Center at Galloway                                           We Offer:
                                                                           • Short-Term Rehabilitation
                                                                                                               Our licensed professional
                                                                                                            staff is among the best trained
                                                                                                                                                If you’d like to make a referral,
 66 West Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, New Jersey 08201                                                                                          schedule a tour or if you would like
                                                                           • Sub-Acute Care                 in health care, continually         additional information, call our
 (609)748-9100                                                             • Skilled Nursing                upgrading their skills to provide
                                                                           • Long-Term Care                 the highest level of care and       Director of Admissions, Sherri
       www.seniorsnorth.com                                                • Respite Program.               supervision 24 hours a day.         Ridgway, at 1-609-748-9100.

 The County Woman Magazine                                            www.TheCountyWoman.com                                                     January/February 2011

				
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