The Gold Crest Care Center, a rehabilitation facility in Bronx, New York, recently announced the start of a Skilled Nursing Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program dedicated to the treatment of patients with high-risk pulmonary conditions, including bronchiectasis. This specific rehabilitation program makes Gold Crest Care Center one of the few nursing homes in the area providing this kind of advanced pulmonary care.
The Skilled Nursing Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program follows the guidelines established by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
The program offers a comprehensive tailored care plan to each participant, which is established by an interdisciplinary team under the lead of a respiratory therapist. It usually lasts 8 to 12 weeks and is based on an intensive short-term rehabilitation strategy that comprises physical therapy sessions every day and occupational therapy. Every patient also has a weekly personal session with the respiratory therapist responsible for following their case.
The Center offers 24-hour care to all patients, with a special emphasis on seniors. It provides a comfortable and quiet living environment, with all the necessary amenities and resources, including an in-house pharmacy. The Center is also prepared to receive patients with mobility issues.
The main goal of Gold Crest is to provide a speedy rehabilitation to its patients. “The faster an elderly person gets back on his feet and resumes his regular activities, the better it is for his or her overall health” said Mark Salamon, Director of Gold Crest Care Center in a press release.
The Gold Crest Care Center’s program is applicable to several respiratory conditions, including bronchiectasis, a condition characterized by a chronic inflammation of the airways, usually the result of an infection, which leads to dilatation and irreversible scarring. The airways in patients with bronchiectasis slowly lose their ability to clear out mucus, so it accumulates in the lungs, creating an environment prone to bacteria growth that can lead to severe lung infections.
Other conditions also eligible for the Gold Crest Care Center’s rehabilitation program are asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, neuromuscular disease, respiratory disorders related to obesity, and treatment of patients who are dependent on a respirator to breath.