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
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:
“You have a wonderful physical therapy group!”
“Everything was excellent.”
“As good as can be to make sure that I was not worried about the future.”
“Everything was handled with care. They were always concerned about whether you understood.”
“Quick and through.”
“I have attended therapy at AVH since April of this year and continue to do so every other week. Rehab staff has been exceptional.”
“There was always someone nearby to see to any question you might have had.”
“Great experience (1st time!!) in this dept. Great staff, pleasant surroundings. Thanks for the help in getting better!!”
“It was a helpful and good experience.”
“Clare Fox did an excellent job of assessing and treating me. I also saw Erin for a bit and she was amazing as well.”
“Stacey & Mary were always polite & helpful.”
“Have already recommended *Erin to my wife.”
“Greeted by name at arrival. Friendly as always. Helpful when needed.”
“Letter was taken to DHMC for my Neurology check up. Dr. was impressed with individuality being placed in my care due to my progressive disease.”
The occupational therapists focus on increasing, enhancing and adapting patients' environment and daily living skills to increase their level of independence. We offer on- and off-site programs, including outpatient rehabilitation, job site analysis/ergonomic evaluations, and functional capacity evaluations. Rehabilitation is holistic and client centered promoting health and well-being through occupation. Here's what our clients have to say:
"The therapist was Mrs. Reardon and she was exceptional!"
“Amanda is very professional, and does her best to ensure my comfort. She is very encouraging, and makes the experience bearable. (OT is never exactly fun, but she tries to keep you motivated.)”
“Stacey is always friendly, responds quickly when I arrive, and is always helpful when I am scheduling the next appointments. It is nice to be greeted with a smile.”
“Amanda Reardon was my occupational therapist. I am very pleased with the experience and the results.”
“Amanda is wonderful. She listens well, and explains until I understand. In addition she is very encouraging and patient.”
“Amazing. Very good.”
The speech and language professionals at AVH use a wide variety of techniques to help with speech and communication problems, swallowing issues, cognitive challenges, and hearing problems.
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. In pediatric therapy, the fun environment of the pool allows therapists to challenge children with decreased muscle tone and improve coordination and functional skills.
Aquatic therapy is provided by certified 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.
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 will be part of the discharge planning process to make life safer and easier when returning home.
AVH provides physical therapy services to the Gorham, Milan and Errol schools (SAU 20) and to Berlin schools (SAU 3). Students receive therapy services within the school environment during the school day. Students who receive aquatic therapy as part of their program are seen at the NCH Outreach Clinic in Gorham.
Physical therapists work to maximize gross motor abilities which include walking, running, jumping and hopping. They ensure safe mobility in the school environment.
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 Matheson 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. A comprehensive report is produced that answers the referral sources' questions as determined at the time of referral. This evaluation is thorough and detailed and executed by a certified therapist. It takes approximately three to four hours to perform.
Hand therapy rehabilitates the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. AVH is proud to have a certified hand therapist 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.
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.