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Rehabilitation at Southington Care Center

Southington Care Center is a 130-bed facility specializing in short-term inpatient rehabilitation and rehab nursing care, long-term care and outpatient rehab services.  Outpatient therapy specialty programs include Speech Therapy, Low Vision Therapy, Lymphedema Management, Orthopedic, Neurologic, Balance and Aquatics and Pre-surgical Therapeutic Exercises (Pre-hab).  Wellness programs such as Yoga, Good Life Fitness and T'ai Chi are offered to inpatients as well as to the community. Southington Care Center also offers a specialized program for dementia and memory-impaired residents. Staff is specially trained to provide services that enhance quality of life while promoting maximum well-being.  
    Southington Care Center features a state-of-the-art 8,300 square foot rehabilitation pavilion complete with aqua-therapy and an occupational therapy suite that replicates the home setting. This facility will allow patients to receive rehab services in an environment that has been specially designed to meet the needs of an older population.  Southington Care Center is JCAHO accredited. It is approved for Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

Our Planetree Philosophy of Caring
We have adopted a philosophy of "relationship-centered care" known as Planetree. As a Planetree community, we partner with our residents and family members to identify and satisfy their individual needs and preferences. In addition to improving our residents' experience, we also focus on supporting the professional and personal aspirations of our staff members, who can more effectively care for residents if they are cared for themselves. For more information about Planetree, click here.

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What People Say About Our Senior Living Community

“Continuum of care gets dedicated community servant back in the action
A man who generally doesn’t enjoy wasting time stressing over events over which he has no control, Dick Fortunato does however lament, partly in jest, that he missed several celebrations this summer including his granddaughter’s high school graduation, his own birthday and Father’s Day.
The troubles for this Plantsville resident began in May when he fell over a glass table in a business waiting room. With visible cuts, bruises and painful swelling, his wife drove him to the Emergency Department at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial campus for treatment. He had escaped fractures, but with a severe leg wound and multiple sub-cutaneous hematomas he needed wound care. Within a few weeks of treatment at a wound center and home nursing care, the wound seemed to be getting worse.
After consultation with a physician at the Wound Care Center at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, Fortunato learned that he had five types of bacterial infections and would need surgery. Having surgery on his birthday – June 17 – wasn’t his idea of celebrating but he took it in stride, hopeful that he would soon be on the road to recovery. Within six days of surgery, 87-year-old Fortunato was admitted to Southington Care Center for short-term rehabilitation with closely monitored nursing care for the healing of the wound.
His first step literally was learning how to get out of bed, use a walker, and then a cane, all with a wound-vac strapped to his leg. His focus became working diligently at his twice-daily physical and occupational therapy sessions. “I was there 24 days, always counting the days and weeks since the injury until I was home again on July 25th with continuing daily home nursing visits and weekly visits to the wound center in New Britain until late September,” Fortunato said.
Putting his active life on hold was difficult for this community and church volunteer who also pens a blog and newspaper column, “Appleseed,” as well as other articles. “I remember watching Fourth of July celebrations on TV alone in my room after visitors went home. I felt so down,” he recalled. “I thought, ‘Is this it, Lord?’”
However, his faith - coupled with the encouragement of his wife, Grace, family, Southington Care Center staff, many visitors and even the volunteers - kept him focused on regaining his strength and normal abilities. Looking back, he said he was aware of and impressed with the entire staff. “They all seemed to be in sync – in a seamless harmony of care, each one knowing what I needed.”
“At Southington Care Center, they are doing their job and more. They have a visibly strong feeling of compassion, understand your pain, share their stories and listened to mine,” Fortunato commented. “The attention was unbelievable. I wasn’t with strangers – they were like family and friends.”
Fortunato continues now in out-patient physical therapy and will be transitioning into the GoodLife Fitness program at the SCC Rehab Pavilion.
“At Southington Care, I feel like I’m a real person in the community, a neighbor, a friend. There’s a continuum of heart-felt care that is so important in healing,” he concluded.
Fortunato vows not to miss his next big celebration: his and Grace’s 65th anniversary in January.

—Dick Fortunato

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