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NHC hosts party for new rehab wing

Farragut residents had an opportunity Friday, July 21, to get a preview of the new rehabilitation wing at NHC Healthcare, Farragut.

Participants in the opening celebration had the opportunity to enjoy live jazz music and enjoy cocktails and appetizers provided by Copper Cellar.

“It’s a way to let the public know we’re here and what we have to offer them,” said Karla Lane, NHC administrator.

Lane said there are 46 beds in the unit, which will be for use on a short-term basis.

“It has a lot of extra amenities that I think most facilities have not had,” she said. “We have high-speed wireless Internet and an in-house restaurant. The residents who are residing in the rehab wing will eat there and get sit-down dining service. They will each be waited on by a waiter or a waitress.”

While NHC Healthcare is an assisted living center, the rehabilitation unit is available for patients that have had knee surgery, cardiac surgery or any type of surgery.

“The facility will serve those that have short-term needs,” Lane said. “We’re here if they’re going to come in and get physical therapy, occupational therapy or another type of therapy for a week or two and then go back home.”

Lane said the facility is not limited only to senior citizens.

“This is for anyone in the community,” she said. “We’ve found that a lot of people in this community are having knee and hip replacements, bypass surgeries, and for seven to ten days they are still a little incapacitated. The way insurance works now you get only about two or three days in the hospital.”

A lot of people are not ready to go home in such a short period of time, she said, so they can come to NHC, which will assist them with their pain medication and any rehabilitation care they might need.

“We want to get them back on their feet so they can go back home,” she said.

Medicare and private insurance companies usually cover the cost, Lane added.


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