Rehabilitation Services

Recovering from an injury, illness or surgery can be challenging. The Androscoggin Valley Hospital Rehabilitation Services team can help! Our expert therapists will design a program to get you back to optimal functioning as soon as possible, using a wide variety of therapies and equipment.  With two convenient locations, AVH Rehabilitation Services are offered at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Road, Berlin, and at the NCH Outreach Clinic, 167 Main Street, Gorham.

Inpatient and Outpatient Programs

Physical Therapy

Using evidenced based practice, our physical therapists help patients achieve maximum levels of physical mobility, strength, endurance, balance and coordination.  Manual techniques, exercise, stretching, weights and electrotherapy equipment such as TENS may be used.  Physical Therapists also work on relieving pain, allowing patients to move easier.  Here is what our patients say about us:

“Therapist was very nice. Very compassionate and understanding pain I was in.”

“Meredith is very caring and concerned regarding my comfort level.”

“I am so happy that Erin Samel became interested in pelvic floor therapy. I used to have to travel 2 ½ hours to get treatment. I get better results from Erin than I did in Dartmouth.”

“Had no complaints. I was having an evaluation for my upcoming surgery. Heather was very good and explained things well.”

“Never waited more than 10 minutes if I arrived early. PT always started at time I was given or few minutes early.”

“Carefully explained what I could be doing at home to improve; helpful.”

“Greg is a skilled PT who helped me with my issue.”

“People I met there seemed happy to be working here, both eager to help & concerned.”

“Reggie is a great PT. He is always concerned with how I’m doing or what I did the previous week.”

“Great experience.”

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists offer unique and individual support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances of life. Sometimes people need occupational therapy to do things that others take for granted, like getting dressed, being productive at school, performing work tasks, or eating unassisted. OTs help people of all ages participate in the activities that are meaningful to them through the therapeutic use of everyday activities and utilize a holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions and outcomes. Client centeredness, enabling occupation and empowerment are only a few of the keywords every occupational therapist bears at heart.  Here is what our clients have to say:

“Amanda Reardon is a top notch hand therapist. Very knowledgeable, kind, compassionate & encouraging. I highly recommend her to others. AVH is fortunate to have someone with such high character.”

“Love these ladies!”

“Excellent treatment by Amanda.”

“Amanda is very professional and does her best to ensure my comfort. She is very encouraging and makes the experience bearable.”

“Provider was very professional, competent and personable.”

“Amanda Reardon is an excellent hand specialist. She clearly knows her stuff, and how to address the issues identified.”

Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Some of the populations that SLPs work with include patients with stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, traumatic brain injury, stuttering, swallowing difficulty, memory loss, and head/neck cancer. Here is what our clients have to say:

“The experience I had with everyone was professional. Seems always happy to see you. Very uplifting.”

“Speech therapist I had was awesome.”

Specialized Services

Aquatic Therapy

Working in water dramatically reduces stress on joints, bones and muscles; minimizes swelling of an injured limb; and provides a safer environment in which to address balance difficulties.  Aquatic therapy is a valuable form of treatment for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, back problems and those recovering from injury or surgery, such as total hip or knee replacements or ACL repairs. 

Aquatic therapy is provided by AVH therapists at the NCH Outreach Clinic in Gorham.  Please note that it is not necessary to be able to swim in order to have aquatic/pool therapy.

Ergonomics: Preventing Workplace Injury

The AVH Rehabilitation Ergonomics Team can help you ensure that everyone feels comfortable and safe in the work environment. We help fit the workplace to the people who do the work, making it an easier, more productive experience. The members of our ergonomics team begin by assessing the work environment and consulting with employees, then apply their experience in physical and occupational therapy to deal with functional positioning and adaptive solutions.

Inpatient

Any patient requiring physical, occupational or speech therapy can receive rehabilitation with a doctor's order.  Along with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, our therapists provide treatment to help patients regain their functional mobility and independence and return to their previous lifestyle.  Staff is part of the discharge planning process to make life safer and easier when returning home.

Schools

AVH provides physical therapy services to the Gorham, Milan and Errol schools (SAU 20) and to Berlin schools (SAU 3).  School based physical therapy aims at helping students access their education and may include improving gross motor skills such as walking, running and jumping. Students who receive school based PT must be found eligible for this service and is typically part of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan.

Functional Capacity Evaluation

Functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) are used to determine the client's level of work ability as defined by the Department of Labor Standards and the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Performed using the OccuPro System of Work Evaluation, each FCE is customized for the client by the therapist, based on the diagnosis. A baseline FCE addresses the full range of physical tolerances. A job-specific FCE addresses physical tolerances in comparison to the task demands of the target job. Appropriate return-to-work recommendations are made. This evaluation is thorough, detailed and executed by a certified therapist. It takes approximately three to four hours to perform.

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy rehabilitates the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. AVH is proud to have a certified hand therapist (CHT) on staff.  The CHT credential offers assurance that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession and stays up to date with practice in the field.

Contact Information

For an appointment with a therapist in Berlin, please call (603) 326-5738.  For an appointment with a therapist in Gorham, please call (603) 342-5060.