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Specialized Programs & Treatments

Stroke Rehabilitation

A team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, with additional support from a neuropsychologist, work with patients recovering from stroke. Primary goals are to assist patients in achieving their maximal level of neurologic recovery, and educate them on compensatory strategies. Therapists participate in continuing professional education to provide up-to-date, current treatment interventions. The team will work with each patient individually to design the best treatment plan for optimal success.

Balance and Fall Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it. The physical therapists and occupational therapists work with patients who may or may not have had history of falls, and are seeking to prevent future falls. Physical therapists will assess physical causes that increase a patient’s fall risk, and will design a plan of treatment to address those causes to improve balance.  Occupational therapists will assist patients in addressing home safety to assure a safe environment for mobility.

Call to schedule a FREE balance screening – 847-824-5165.

Early Parkinson’s Program

The main goal of the Early Parkinson’s Disease Program is to provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation for patients having difficulty in functioning related to their disease. Education on health, lifestyle, support groups and home management is also provided to help manage symptoms throughout the person’s lifetime.

Physical therapists will assess and treat mobility-related issues, including gait quality and balance. Occupational therapists will assess and treat self-care deficits, cognitive deficits, and provide home safety education. Speech therapists will assess and treat speech, swallowing and voice quality deficits. A home program is provided at discharge to maximize the person’s success and promote longtime benefits.

Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Clinic

Physical therapists work with rehabilitation technology suppliers to design a wheelchair that gives patients optimal seating and positioning for patients needs both physically and for their environment. An initial assessment is performed by a physical therapist to assess specific seating needs and the physical impairments that a proper wheelchair and seating system must address. A second visit is then scheduled with a wheelchair supplier who will assist the physical therapist in determining the most suitable components of the wheelchair. A third visit is offered for final fitting of the new wheelchair. Your physical therapist, along with the supplier, will work with your physician to complete all documentation required by your funding source.

Prosthetics & Orthotics

Physical and occupational therapists work with patients with amputation, both in preparation and after receiving a prosthesis. The physical therapists work collaboratively with prosthetists to educate patients, improve mobility with the prosthesis, and make necessary corrections to maximize ideal fit and alignment for safe mobility.

During the course of the examination, the physical and occupational therapists might also determine the need for an orthotic device. This may be indicated to improve the quality of walking, leg or arm position. The therapists work closely with several local companies to provide the correct type of orthotic for patients that meet their specific needs. They also work with local orthotists in the use of electrical orthotics such as WalkAid or Bioness.

Home Evaluation

A home evaluation may be scheduled to fully assess and address access issues. This can help a person have a better ability to function within the home setting. Physical and Occupational therapists can also work with contractors who specialize in home accessibility to develop a plan to meet the needs.

Pre-Driver’s Screening

Knowing that a safe return to driving following a major illness or injury is of utmost importance, our “Fitness to Drive” program provides the referring physician with recommendations regarding the patient’s potential. The program includes an assessment by a therapist, an evaluation by a neuropsychologist and a behind-the-wheel test. Most insurance companies, including Medicare, will cover the cost of the therapy and neuropsychology assessments with a physician’s prescription. The behind-the-wheel evaluation is generally an out-of-pocket expense.

Peer Support Groups
Stroke Club
Patients and caregivers who have had a stroke are welcome to participate in Stroke Club. It is a group that meets monthly to discuss common issues for stroke survivors and caregivers.  For more information regarding Stroke Club, please contact Meg Potterfield, CTRS at 847.723.4765.


Expressions is a program for people with early-stage memory loss. It is a group that meets weekly to discuss relevant issues as well as participate in programming that encourages self-esteem and memory support. For more information regarding Expressions, please contact Gwynne Chovanec at 847.824.5143.

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