The National Health Care Associates ExperienceThank you for considering a National Health Care Associates center for your short-term rehabilitation. Founded in 1984, National Health Care Associates has grown into a network of more than three dozen rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers located throughout the Northeast, each sharing the common commitment to the highest level of quality care with a focus on customer service and providing a nurturing environment for both patients and families. National provides care for more than 5,500 patients and residents.
National's "Passport Rehabilitation" program was specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals requiring a short-term rehabilitative stay following a hospitalization or an acute medical episode. While on your short-term "trip" with us, please take full advantage of the amenities and services our facilities offer. During your stay, if you find anything requiring our attention, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may make your stay the best it can be.
Services available during your trip
Occupational Therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Services typically include:
- Activities of Daily Living Retraining for Independence and Safety
- Home Management
- Cognitive and Perceptual Retraining
- Fine Motor/Muscle Re-Education
Physical Therapy is skilled treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect individuals' abilities to move the way they want and function as they desire in their daily lives. Services typically include:
- Therapeutic Exercises (strengthening and conditioning)
- Functional Mobility (ambulation, gait, balance, wheelchair mobility)
- Positioning for Bed or Wheelchair
- Wound care
- Assessment and Management of Equipment Needs
Speech Language Therapy is skilled treatment of language, communication, cognitive abilities, and swallowing disorders, typically including:
- Swallowing Evaluation and Treatment
- Rehabilitative Dining
- Cognitive Retraining
- Aural Rehabilitation (hearing)
Planning your visit to a NHCA center
It is important that you bring what is necessary to actively participate in therapy and fully enjoy your experience with us. Clothing should be loose-fitting, comfortable and seasonably appropriate. We suggest labeling your clothing and personal items:
- Slippers with non-skid soles
- Outdoor jacket/sweater
- One pair of comfortable walking shoes-preferably tie. Athletic shoe with non-skid soles
- Hearing aids with batteries
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses
Our staff is here to serve you...
Our entire Passport Rehabilitation staff, which was specially selected for this unit, has undergone extensive customer service and clinical care training on meeting the unique needs and preferences of our short-term patients. Our goal is to not only meet your expectations, but to exceed them.
The Rehabilitation team on your journey dedicates all their skills and knowledge to a single focused objective: improving your functional abilities through intensive individualized therapeutic services. They are the healthcare experts in helping you to recover and achieve your "best ability to function."
Receiving your Passport
Upon arrival, each participant of our Passport Rehabilitation program receives a customized journal which they will keep with them throughout their stay with us and beyond. This journal is designed to provide an overview of our program and our center, as well as specific services and amenities which may be found at the center.
Detailed information may be found in this journal, specific to your diagnosis, the type of care you will receive and may include additional educational materials on your diagnosis and other literature which you may find helpful, as well as staff listings and key center contacts.
The journal is also designed to help you document your "journey" to recovery, with designated areas for daily activities and therapies you participated in, questions for your health care providers and notes to take home with you upon discharge. This journal is an ideal way to monitor your personal progress and keep with you on future visits to your healthcare providers.
Getting the most out of your trip
While it may not be home, our goal is to make a "home-like" environment for Passport Rehabilitation program participants. Special amenities have been added to enhance the experience of a short-term stay, giving attention to details that matter most to our participants. Although every National HealthCare center is unique, all Passport Rehabilitation units offer such conveniences as:
- Television with cable service provided
- Telephone with service provided
- Daily newspaper delivery
- Selective dining menu
- Electric beds