Hillandale is set to unveil a new, $22 million state-of-the-art Butler County facility intended for inpatients, outpatients and community wellness initiatives.
The Advanced Therapy Center at Chesterwood Village, 7924 Chesterwood Blvd., West Chester Twp., is being touted as having “the most progressive equipment in the Tri-State.” It will employ advanced technology such as virtual reality to strengthen muscles, promote physical endurance and maintain well-being.
The new 110,000-square-foot center, set to be showcased at a grand opening from 4 to 8 p.m. today, complements the advancements in health care that have been established along the I-75 corridor, according to Greg Dixon, facility owner and representative of the Dixon Family.
“The changing landscape in the health care industry means patients are leaving the hospital faster,” Dixon said. “We wanted to bring a state-of-the-art facility to this area so that people have a place to begin their recovery from hospital to home and complete it faster.”
The Dixon Family owns and operates three senior living facilities that comprise the Hillandale Family of Communities — Chesterwood Village in West Chester Twp. and Birchwood Care Center and Doverwood Village in Fairfield Twp.
Dixon said the center includes professionals and rehabilitation equipment that can partner with hospitals to be “the destination point for quicker recoveries and quality outcomes.”
Such equipment includes a HydroWorx pool used for injury recovery or muscle strain.
Underwater cameras deliver instant data, a hydro massage jet with more than 200 speeds for deep-tissue massage, resistance exercise and the right amount of buoyancy to swim in place. Its adjustable floor moves to achieve the right height transitions into low-impact or no-impact therapy on an underwater treadmill following surgeries or injuries.
Other equipment includes:
• A Biodex machine to minimize the impact of exercise on joints and a gait trainer to measure the probability of falls and prevent them from happening
• Cyber cycles that use virtual reality, which studies show is effective in slowing dementia and cognitive decline
• Strength training equipment, including leg press, hamstring curl, chest press, knee extension machines and more
• Armeo Spring and Senso for inpatient and outpatient neurological and upper extremity orthopedic patients using virtual reality.
• MOTOmed Muvi and Functional Electrical Stimulation therapy, which allows individuals with weak or paralyzed muscles to actively cycle an ergo meter by stimulating the muscles with a small, safe, electrical current. It can also achieve applications such as sit to stand and gait training.
• A Motek C-Mill treadmill, offering evaluation and training for inpatients and outpatients using weight lift design for lower functioning patients and balance training using virtual reality for fall prevention.
“If you have someone who’s on a bicycle and they’re looking at a screen and … doing all of those movements, they’re going to do it longer … because it’s a system, it’s not something where they’re taking a band or a piece or a ball and doing something with therapy,” said Jane Gegner, Hillandale’s director of community relations.
“They’re using a very advanced piece of equipment to do that.”
The new facility also features a community wellness center that will offer public classes such as yoga and Tai Chi, a speech therapy and hearing center and a sample luxury suite for post-hospital rehabilitation patients.
The building features multiple fireplaces, a grab-and-go café area for visitors and a dining room for inpatients experiencing rehab. It houses 75 patient rehabilitation suites and 50 long-term nursing suites in in the Darby Place Nursing Center at the opposite end of the building.
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