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Rehab Cottage


Hillcrest Country Estates Papillion, Nebraska


At most senior living communities, areas for rehabilitation ser- vices are tucked away, far from community residences and ac- tivity spaces. At Hillcrest Country Estates, however, residents live no more than 75 feet from its newly built, state-of-the-art, 17,019-square-foot Rehab Cottage. The location of the Rehab Cottage reinforces the idea that rehab is a central part of living in one of Hillcrest’s 22 long-term care cottages, said Rehab Administrator Grace Knott. The Rehab Cottage has two entrances, with 11 long-term cottages on either side, she noted. In fact, if a resident can walk the 75 feet to the Rehab Cottage, Hillcrest won’t issue them an assistive device. “We want them to walk and get used to being mobile,” Knott said. Most residents participate in rehab 2.5 hours a day. The ses-


sion will start in their residence and then will be completed at the gym in the Rehab Cottage, where there are high ceilings and skylights to create an uplifting environment. There is also state-of-the-art equipment including weight-bearing supports for


use during walking and balancing activities. Residents can wear a harness while using the treadmill, step machine and balancing apparatus so they don’t worry about falling, Knott said. It also reduces the amount of physical effort required to do the exer- cises so the resident can participate in therapy longer without becoming fatigued, she added.


Muscle-strengthening machines for knees, hips and arms use compressed air for resistance allowing the therapist to provide the right challenge for each individual. The air hoses providing resistance were all installed underground so there is no trip- ping hazard. The Rehab Cottage even has a small kitchen and a bathroom so residents can practice daily activities as part of their therapy. There is also easy access to the outdoors so they can practice walking on grass, walking up and down curbs, and getting on and off outdoor furniture. This also allows the therapists to put variety into their rehab programs, Knott said. The Rehab Cottage was the final phase of Hillcrest’s 44-acre campus, said Jim Janicki, vice president of marketing and com- munications for Hillcrest Health Services. The campus did not previously offer short-term rehab, he said, and now Hillcrest has every level of care available in one location.


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