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Outpatient Therapy Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding any of our therapy services, please discuss them with our Outpatient Therapy Manager. You may contact us at 815.727.8710 ext.8776 or at shtherpay@willcountyillinois.com.

Welcome to Sunny Hill Outpatient Therapy Services! We are very excited to have you utilize these services we have made available to the geriatric community.

As an outpatient in our therapy department, you will enjoy the convenience of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy delivered by experienced therapists right here in your community.

Outpatient Geriatric Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services are designed to help elderly patients with strength and mobility issues regain stamina, strength and physical independence. Whether for a senior who has been injured in an accident or fall, has undergone a procedure such as a hip replacement or has experienced a stroke, Sunny Hill geriatricians and rehabilitation specialists are experienced in helping elderly patients regain physical independence.

The rehabilitation specialists and physical therapists at Sunny Hill Outpatient Therapy are also experts in helping patients improve from general loss of physical strength. In addition to physical therapists and a physician rehabilitation team, occupational and speech therapists are also available to provide treatment for seniors at the therapy center.

Geriatric outpatient rehabilitation services we offer include:

Pain Management

This service is for conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and orthopedic disabilities, pain management treatment involves hands-on techniques for improved mobilization of structure/tissue and physical function.

Balance and Fall Prevention

For patients who have experienced a stroke or who may have Parkinson’s disease, neurological and/or gait disorders. Balance and fall prevention treatment uses tactics for improving overall balance and mobility.

Speech and Language

For patients who have experienced stroke or dementia (and some post-operative conditions), speech and language treatment assists these elderly patients with cognitive linguistic skills and speech production.

Posture and Strengthening Treatment

For seniors with fractures, joint replacements, orthopedic conditions, and osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, strength training aids in improved posture stability, core strength and upper extremity function.

Neuro-rehabilitation and Low Vision

For seniors with optic neuropathy, macular degeneration and homonymous hemianopsia, neuro-rehabilitation and/or low vision treatment utilizes techniques for normalizing tone, improving functional movement capabilities, and enhancing visual skills and adaptive strategies.

Home Safety/ADLS

The home safety treatment provided at the Health Center is designed to treat the cognitive, physical and perceptive skills required for elderly patients to maintain safety in the at-home environment. Home safety treatment is usually offered to those who have experienced a stroke or dementia.

Swallowing

Treatment for elderly patients who require assistance with maximizing safe oral intake. This treatment is typically offered to seniors who have experienced a stroke, dementia and other neurological disorders.

What Can You Expect from our Geriatric Rehabilitation Services

Geriatric rehabilitation, including physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy, treats diseases and conditions associated with aging, including stroke, hip and knee replacements, cardiovascular defects, osteoporosis, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. By understanding what rehabilitation services have to offer, you can make well-informed choices.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PT) can help enhance mobility and quality of life by improving strength, balance, endurance, flexibility and posture. Physical therapy services are available in multiple settings including the hospital, rehab hospital, nursing home, outpatient clinic, adult medical day care, and at home.

In the hospital, rehab hospital or long-term care facility, most treatment sessions take place either in a hospital room or "therapy gym." You may see stationary bicycles, treadmills, arm bikes as well as machines like the leg press. Your loved one may perform exercises lying down in bed or on a padded mat table to improve ability to get in and out of bed.

Doing exercises with weights while sitting increases strength and ability to get out of a chair, while exercises with weights while standing improve strength, balance and ability to walk. "Parallel bars" are available to provide support for both hands as the patient practices walking.

Physical therapy in the home is for those who are unable to leave home due to their medical status. The goal for PT at home is to maximize function at home and community to improve quality of life. Your loved one may do strengthening exercises lying on the bed, sitting in a chair or standing at the kitchen counter with weights or exercise resistance bands. Balance exercises may also be part of the mix.

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathology services (SLP) boost a person’s ability to communicate and to swallow.

SLP addresses the declines associated with neurological difficulties, age-related illness, and deterioration of the swallowing mechanism. SLP may be able to help your loved one with declines due to brain injury, stroke, cancer, infection, or physical abnormality. It’s used to treat breathing problems due to lung diseases or tracheotomy.

Speech therapists also provide treatment of cognitive-linguistic impairments. This treatment focuses on restoring memory, sequencing, problem solving, safety awareness, attention, and their effects on the function of activities of daily living. Exercises may include breaking down a complicated task, like making a grocery list, to small simple steps.

In this case, the steps include identifying what items you need (problem solving), finding a pen and paper, remembering the words for the items you want (memory), and writing the list (communication).

SLP also helps when a person has trouble speaking, articulating words, or using expressive language, due to conditions such as dysarthria or apraxia (motor speech disorders); hoarse vocal quality; complete or partial loss of voice; or aphasia (a language disorder).

Your loved one may be taught specific exercises to strengthen the muscles of the face, mouth and throat such as blowing out, sipping in through a straw and making specific sounds like "pa" and "ma".

Finally, speech-language pathology plays a critical role in the treatment of dysphagia, or swallowing disorder. The treatment of dysphagia is essential in maintaining healthy lungs and avoiding pneumonia.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) focuses on the ability to fulfill "occupations" or in other words, Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as getting dressed, toileting, bathing, cooking and recreational activities.

Occupational therapy services are available in many of the same settings as physical therapy. Treatment sessions, either in the hospital room or therapy gym, may focus on posture and use of arms to improve the ability to eat, dress, bathe and perform other ADLs. Exercises may include stretching and strengthening and flexibility. Sometimes, adaptive equipment is used to help the person eat, dress or bathe.

OT in an outpatient facility is not as common as outpatient physical therapy. When it’s offered, outpatient OT is usually for injuries to the hand or arm to maximize function in ADLs, and recreational activities. Patients may use the arm bike, arm exercises with weights, or special "silly putty" to improve hand strength and dexterity.

Hand therapy combines physical and occupational therapy, and involves the rehabilitation of a person’s upper extremities, including the hands, fingers, and wrists, that have been affected by trauma, disease, or a neurological disorder. The aim of treatment is for a patient to be able to have the utmost use of his hand after a diagnosis and to return to a productive life or to live as normal a life as possible. Treatment may also entail providing emotional and psychological support to patients.

Performed at various locations including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and sports medicine facilities, hand therapy is provided to patients for various reasons. Common conditions that may require hand therapy include fractures, burns, arthritis, amputation of fingers, and nerve damage. Additionally, a person may require hand therapy to assist with carpal tunnel syndrome and to recover from sports injuries. Typically, a patient will need hand therapy to manage acute or chronic pain.

Payment Options

At Sunny Hill Outpatient Services, we accept Medicare and Private Pay. If you have Medicare and a supplemental insurance, we will gladly bill for you. If you will be paying privately, we will be happy to discuss your plan of care with you and estimate the cost of your therapy in advance.

Our current charges for Private Pay Patients is:
            Physical Therapy Evaluation                $150.00
            Occupational Therapy Evaluation       $150.00
            Speech Therapy Evaluation                 $200.00
Evaluation fees must be paid in advance at the time of service.

All services rendered after evaluation and once treatment plan has been recommended will be billed in units of 15 minutes. Each unit will be billed at $50.00. Example: 30 minutes of therapy will be charged at $100.00.

We look forward to serving you for all of your future therapy needs!