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December 6, 2013

Chaplinwood on cutting edge of health, rehab

MILLEDGEVILLE — Chaplinwood Health and Rehabilitation isn’t the stereotypical “nursing home” the 40-year-old stigma might suggest.

The patient-focused facility offers new services in mental wellness, short-term rehab, physical therapy tools and an overall attitude that no one’s life ends when they step through the doors off Allen Memorial Drive.

“We’ve been here a long time, and I think the Chaplinwood name is known in the community,” Lynn Futch, admissions and outreach director, said. “A lot of people still associate the old ways. We want to tell them how we are evolving. People still remember the nursing home, but we are health and rehab.”

Short-term Integra rehab programs for physical, occupational and speech-language therapy reveal tangible results. 

Chaplinwood’s mental wellness community opened one year ago with a 20-bed secure unit handling behavioral or case-by-case management. A psychiatrist is on staff at Chaplinwood also.

“We are a melting pot of all services. If somebody should need rehab or mental wellness as well as bariatric, we accommodate all those needs. There are very few patients that would ever be turned away,” Futch said. “We work hard with our patients to get the care that they need and help them get back home when they are ready.”

Currently, Chaplinwood has 96 in-house patients with varying terms of stay. 

An OmniVR unit uses virtual reality to encourage patients to be more active. With the help of therapists, patients may participate in walking and balance exercises, memory activities, seated and upper body exercises, as well as wheelchair activities.

Any person with a fear factor of movement due to a severe fall or other trauma routinely finds himself or herself laughing and completing the virtual challenges.

“It’s presented in a fun way,” Futch said.

Chaplinwood Administrator Cora Young said the health and rehab center averages 108 associates.

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