Therapy room at Wingham hospital helps develop safe discharge plans for patients

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WINGHAM – A new therapy room has just been completed at the Wingham and District Hospital.

The move-in date for the room was March 8.

This space includes a kitchen area and bathtub, allowing the rehab program to assess patients before discharge in a simulated home environment.

“There’s a full kitchen with a fridge and a stove with dishes and appliances, so that we’ll be able to simulate the home environment so the occupational therapist will be able to see how the patient can function in a kitchen, getting stuff out of a fridge, using a microwave, using a stove and cooking,” said Christine Reyes, clinical manager for inpatient health disciplines. “As well, there is a bathtub with grab bars so being able to see how that patient is getting in and out of the bathtub to see how they would be able to manage at home, being able to use the shower or tub.”

The ability to do these assessments in the hospital before discharge allows the health care team to develop a safe discharge plan and any necessary supports required for patients to return home safely. The room will also allow recreational therapists to provide additional therapeutic activities for patients during their hospital stay.

Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times