Green Hill partners with Encore Rehabilitation Services to provide exceptional subacute rehabilitative and restorative services to residents in Catered Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nrsing. Encore Rehabilitation is a premier contract therapy company, offering physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services across the nation.
The Green Hill Rehabilitation Department works with residents to enhance independence at their optimum health and abilities, so that they may enjoy the rich and full social, cultural and experiential environment of Green Hill. The onsite staff of physical and occupational therapists are led by Director of Rehabilitation Richard Lai, DPT. Dr. Lai received his undergraduate and doctorate degrees at Northeastern University. He currently is studying acupuncture and alternative medicine techniques, including nutrition and exercise, to enhance pain management strategies and reduce rehabilitative recovery time. This will enable residents to return to their normal level of functionality efficiently.
“We work from the perspective that our residents are human beings, grandparents, parents, brother, sisters, and friends, and we, (the therapists) create human connections, and share human experience with them,” Dr. Lai explained. “The residents are our family members, and we never give up on our family. Sometimes it requires tough love to inspire them to work their way back to their full capabilities, but that’s what family does for one another.”
The Rehab Center is open to all residents to exercise, socialize and participate in programs developed by the therapy team. The most recent contest is called “Watch Your Step”, a functional maintenance program where residents are tracked for the number of steps they complete on the recumbent step bicycle. Prizes are given when benchmarks are achieved.
Restorative care and Rehabilitation programs are also provided in the unique setting of the Green House® Homes. This intimate home setting with daily, familiar care givers is evidenced by a recent testimonial about Restorative Aide Christine Cuoto, by a daughter of a Green House resident. “We call her (Christine) the Miracle Worker. The trust that has been built and the compassion incorporated in the relationship amazes us… She works with Mom as an aide, a therapist and a true caregiver.”
“The Encore mission for quality of care, and Green Hill mission of person directed and innovative care for our elders is in perfect alignment,” says Donna Lazartic, Executive Director/President of Green Hill. “Response from our residents and families has been very positive. We are proud of our rehabilitation team and enjoy daily sharing of resident success stories that we call Green Hill Grace, empowering residents and committed staff to thrive together as family in a real home.”