December 7, 2007
Convenient location designed to help non-residents get better faster
Friendship Retirement Community, one of the region’s largest and most comprehensive providers of care-giving for seniors, has doubled its therapy space to expand outpatient therapy services for non-residents.
Friendship’s new Outpatient Therapy and Wellness Center provides a variety of physical, occupational and speech therapy for all adults, not just seniors. Patients arriving at Friendship will enjoy a driveway that drops them off to their own separate entrance at 327 Hershberger Road.
“This expansion will allow us to treat more patients and provide better care for patients with arthritis, back issues and neurological conditions,” says Virgil Thompson, director of rehabilitation services.
The added space offers patients more privacy with therapists, and families will enjoy more room to participate in therapy.
“Friendship has long been a leader in the Roanoke Valley for therapeutic services, but largely unknown outside our traditional market,” Thompson says. “This expansion is our commitment to provide the Roanoke Valley with the best therapists in the business and a state-of-the-art facility designed for one thing -- to help people get better faster.”
In addition to therapy, the center is home to Friendship’s Wellness Program, which provides a variety of strength and balance exercises to keep seniors active and independent.
Friendship’s skilled therapists offer the same services available to the general public at hospitals. Physical therapists work on a patient’s individual needs such as muscle strengthening, increasing range-of-motion and improving balance. Other physical therapy services include orthopedics, vestibular rehab, wound care, manual and aquatic therapy.
Friendship’s occupational therapists believe in putting extensive training to work. Areas of focus include self-care training, use of adaptive equipment, wheelchair mobility, strengthening, range-of-motion, vestibular rehab, low vision, rehabilitation driving and home-safety assessments.
Friendship’s speech language pathology department works to restore a person’s ability to communicate with others through language and cognitive retraining. Therapists also help patients with swallowing difficulties through exercise, electrical stimulation and therapeutic diet changes.
For more information, contact: Kandy Elliott 540 777-2399