Some ventilator programs claim to wean patients from ventilator support in under 28 days, which is often inappropriate for many individuals. Very often rehab is provided after being weaned from the ventilator, setting up the patient for a major setback. We always start with PT/OT/Speech and Nutrition.
Our approach to respiratory therapy is designed to steadily rebuild the patient’s overall wellness and allow one to return to breathing on their own.
Weaning by definition is a measured process, our interdisciplinary team will assess the patients’ needs on the first day, continuously monitoring and reevaluating the patient to improve overall physical health from a compromised state and eventually allow the patient to breathe independently.
Respiratory therapy is not only about ventilators, it is about building their nutrition, physical and psychological wellbeing prior to weaning. It also includes learning to eat and speak by our professional and renowned speech therapists. It is about spending time in our garden rather than in bed, indulging in whirlpool baths, and receiving the proper nutrition, to increase our resident's strength.
In cases where Physical Therapy is not an option, we even have a full-time massage therapist. Our program is all about enjoying life once more, and that leads to the road of recovery. Anyone can remove the ventilator, but they rarely provide sustainability
Lungs are unable to do anything on their own, it is the entire body that makes the lungs function. Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies are initiated while on the ventilator, to allow the body to strengthen more efficiently and prepare for the weaning process.
Weaning prematurely can be harmful or even fatal. Our Program will bring you back to life, so your body can function once more on its own. Some folks call this holistic care, we just call it providing excellent care.
First day of eating with the Passy-Muir speaking valve while on the ventilator. Our Therapists introduce food to our resident, an important step on the road to recovery.
Continuation of Day 1 feeding introduction where the patient feeds herself.
On Day 2 we continue the therapy process.
Elliot Spero demonstrates how to use a Passy-Muir Valve and begin the ventilator weaning process
Nice and easy does it!
With slow and steady therapy we are proud to achieve great results. The earlier we are able to begin therapy and interventions, the easier it is for our residents to succeed.
We received the award for excellence for our very unique and innovative approach to Respiratory Therapy using The Passy-Muir Valve.
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The Weingarten Family and the entire Silver Lake staff mourn the passing of our former Administrator Joan Giebelhaus. Ms. Giebelhaus was a leader and trailblazer in the world of Long-Term Care for 45 years. She led the way to opening our ventilator unit which was the first of its kind in the country. She was part of our family, loved by all of us, and she will be sorely missed.
We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family. May she rest peacefully.