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October 30, 2019   |    Blog, Health and Aging, Rehabilitation

In Honor of National Physical Therapy Month Wesbury Recognizes the Symbria PT Staff at Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center


October is National Physical Therapy Month. Thank you to the Symbria PT staff who work every day helping residents at Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center. Thanks to you, the number of rehabilitation residents discharged to their homes from Wesbury is above the national average. Thanks to your help, Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center has the lowest readmission rate to the hospital of all area nursing homes.


The Rae S. Larcom Therapy Center offers a complete menu of comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our therapists are trained in clinical best practices and advanced clinical programming to restore and maintain an individual’s maximum independence level. These services include physical, occupational and speech therapy. Outpatient rehabilitation services are also available.

Physical Therapy

Performs evaluations, develops and implements treatment plans and provides ongoing assessments to individuals with deficits in transfers, mobility, strength, coordination, balance, range of motion, ambulation, and endurance. Treatments also may include pain management, wound care, fall prevention, modalities, non-invasive urinary incontinence retraining, splinting, and neuromuscular reeducation.

Occupational Therapy

Performs evaluations, develops and implements treatment plans and provides ongoing assessments to individuals experiencing a decline in their functional abilities. Treatment may include activities of daily living (ADL) retraining. This could include self-feeding, bathing, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, financial management, etc. Other approaches include transfer, balance, coordination, safety and cognitive retraining, as well as range of motion, strengthening, and endurance building. Treatments may also include splinting, positioning / pressure relief, urinary incontinence retraining, and pain management.

Speech Therapy

Performs evaluations, develops and implements treatment plans, and provides ongoing assessments to individuals experiencing speech, language, cognitive linguistic, and swallowing difficulties.

Cardiac Rehab Program

HeartCare is a multi-faceted program to help in transition from the hospital to home after a diagnoses of heart disease, including heart failure, heart attack, bypass or valve surgery, heart transplantation, or stent placement. The goal is to provide continued care in each setting that may be encountered after being discharged from the hospital, including local short- and long-term care facilities and to the home. This ensures patients receive all that is needed to maintain a healthy heart and lifestyle.

Each Center of Excellence/HeartCare partner’s facilities and services are appropriately trained for heart patients with the standards that are developed from Allegheny Health Network cardiac physicians, surgeons, and cardiologists. As a partner, Wesbury looks to help ensure a smooth transition during each step in keeping the heart healthy by providing standardized care, remote patient health monitoring, rehabilitation therapy, education for the patient on how to manage their heart condition, and clinical follow-ups with physicians and cardiac professionals. This is one of the only programs of this type available in the country, and the HeartCare Program is overseen by leading cardiac doctors who are responsible for caring for their patient’s heart regardless of where they are receiving care.  For more information on St. Vincent Hospital and the Allegheny Health Network, visit www.AHN.org.

Advanced Clinical Programming

Symbria Rehab provides specialized programs to address common long-term care problems. These programs include:

Pain Management – Reduces frequent pain and pain that interferes with function.

Falls Prevention – Reduces the risk of falling. Investigates and addresses why a fall has occurred in the past three months or why a resident may be fearful of falling during ADLs.

Contracture Management – Improves range of motion with movement of the upper or lower extremities.

Neuromuscular Reeducation – Improves endurance or strength.

Wound Care – Improves chronic ulcers resulting from edema, necrosis, or circulation problems.

Urinary Incontinence – Reduces urinary leakage or frequency/urgency to urinate.

Vital Stimulation Dysphagia Therapy – Corrects difficulty or discomfort with swallowing.


If you are planning an upcoming procedure and in need of time to heal and get strong again with our awesome PT Team, contact Gwen Smith, Admissions Coordinator, at 814-332-9233.