Today is the grand opening for MyRehab — short-term care facility — at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, which is the first of a three-part, $64 million expansion and reconstruction that will start admitting patients early July. Next, Lutheran Home will begin renovations on the Olson Healthcare Pavilion, built in the 1970s. During the two-year Olson Healthcare Pavilion renovation project, the entire facility will be gutted and redone with the addition of private bathrooms to each room for long-term patients.
MyRehab is a new concept in health care that separates short-term patients from long-term patients. The facility consists of a 78-room short-term rehabilitation facility for patients recovering from falls, surgery, pneumonia or conditions that requires additional medical attention following a hospital admission. The facility is similar to a competitive facility that is under construction at 1200 North Arlington Heights Road, which Lutheran Home officials opposed in a Village Board meeting. In October, 2011 when the proposed Transitional Care project on Arlington Heights was under review of the Village Board, a spokesman for the Lutheran Home opposed the plan because the new facility would compete and cause the loss of many of the profitable patients admitted to the Lutheran Home, who pay with private insurance. The competing project was approved, and is currently under construction at the site after the former AT&T building was demolished, just north of Arlington Heights Fire Station 2 (headquarters).
The MyRehab facility will offer physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy seven days a week, and each room will have its own thermostat, private bathroom, technology friendly amenities with smart TVs, Wi-Fi and call buttons that connect directly to nurse’s iPhones. Each MyRehab floor has a spa with a larger bathroom and a therapy tub. A large living area on the first floor includes couches, a fireplace, books, and space for visitors, as well as bistro-style dining and a “a spa-like atmosphere.” The average stay for short-term patients is 14 to 21 days.
The facility also has an Activities of Daily Living therapy/training room with a model kitchen, laundry room and bathroom where therapists can provide patient education to make sure people can perform all their day-to-day tasks before their release from the short-term facility.
MyRehab will have a physician on-site 24/7 in case of emergencies, and family members can visit 24 hours every day. There are two suites on each floor for family members that want to stay overnight.
The MyRehab short-term rehab center and expansion were approved by the Arlington Heights village board in September 2012.
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