Amputee Rehabilitation & Support
Amputee 5k Walk, Wheel or Run 2022
Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation held its 7th Annual Amputee Awareness 5k.
Improve your mobility and strength with amputation rehabilitation and support from Adventist HealthCare.
Whether you lost or were born without a limb, you’ll benefit from a program that meets high standards for quality set by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) — only the third program in the U.S. to earn the honor. That means you can be confident you’ll work with a team committed to continuously improving your care, safety and patient experience.
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Take part in a program where patients see improvement every day and meet their goals at a rate that beats national averages for patient outcomes [PDF].
Comprehensive Inpatient Care
After the loss of an arm or leg, rely on your doctors for physical rehabilitation and emotional support. During our inpatient program, you’ll go through two phases of rehabilitation.
Phase One - Post-surgical Training
Work with a care team trained in amputation rehabilitation. You and your team will focus on:
- Increasing your mobility, primarily using a wheelchair in order to maintain safety and reduce degenerative forces on your other sound limb prior to prosthetic training
- Caring for your limb and doing daily activities
- Healing the amputation wound
- Improving your strength, coordination and endurance
- Increasing your mobility
Phase Two - Prosthetic Training
When you’re ready — typically within a month of amputation — you’ll return to our facility for a second inpatient stay to train with your new prosthetic. Your care plan will include:
- Assistive device training and management of supplies
- Mobility exercises
- Skills used in everyday life, such as cooking, cleaning and dressing, which you practice at our activities of daily living (ADL) apartment
- Prosthetic training including putting on and taking off, and walking with your prosthetic
- Skin care and skin checks
Customized Orthotics & Prosthetics
Work with a certified prosthetist or orthotist. Get recommendations for assistive devices that are right for you and learn how to use them. Your provider may fit you for:
- Prosthetics, which replace a body part
- Orthotics, braces or splints, devices that support a body part, such as a weak or paralyzed limb
After Your Hospital Stay
When you’re ready to go home, you’ll get guidance to make your home a safe, accessible place for healing. Your rehabilitation therapy will continue in our outpatient clinic that boasts clinicians who specialize in prosthetic training and management or with our home health agency. Rest assured our experts provide life-long follow-up services.
Promoting Amputee Life Skills (PALS)
Connect with others, learn, share ideas and build skills during PALS, an eight-week program offered twice a year.
You and your loved ones will benefit from more than our excellent medical care. Find friendship and encouragement through supportive services, such as:
- Family training – Helps loved ones understand your condition and provide care at home
- Peer visitor program – Connects you with others who know what it’s like to live without a limb
- Support groups – Meetings for people living with limb loss, as well as their family and friends
Adventist HealthCare offers an amputee clinic where you can follow up with your entire medical team, including Dr. Terrence Sheehan who specializes in treating persons with limb loss, the prosthetist, and the physical therapist. This allows for real time adjustments and collaborative care for any issues you may be having.