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The Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center (SBVCC) provides both long-term skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitative therapy. SBVCC uses a variety of treatment modalities including hot and cold packs, shortwave diathermy, electric stim therapy, and ultrasound.
No matter what the illness or injury, or the method of therapy, SBVCC staff work with one goal in mind: to restore the individual’s ability to live independently to the greatest extent possible.
In other words, at SBVCC, therapy is all about getting your life back.
SBVCC Therapy Programs
At only 66 years of age, Floyd wanted nothing more than to return home where he lived alone. A 20-year Army veteran having served in Vietnam, Floyd had been a professional fisherman and owned a fishing company in Alaska. He was a professional cook, proud of his ability to entertain and meticulous about the meals he served.
But, when he arrived at the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center, it seemed unlikely that he would ever return home, much less go fishing at his summer house. He was on two liters of oxygen a day, spent most of his day in bed, and was so weak he could hardly stand or catch his breath. A few weeks before he arrived at SBVCC, Floyd had developed severe pneumonia and his heart was pumping at only 40 percent of its capacity. He spent 16 days in the hospital.
For the next three months, at SBVCC, Floyd went through an intensive rehabilitation process. Staff worked on building up his endurance, getting him to stand a little longer each day. He went through breathing retraining which helped him learn to breathe deeply and fill his lungs with air. This, in turn, helped his heart pump more efficiently, put more oxygen in his bloodstream, and further built up his strength.
SBVCC therapists used the upper body bike, the lower body bike, and aerobic exercises to help Floyd regain lost muscle tone and increase his endurance. Floyd was also retrained to perform daily tasks like bathing, dressing, going up and down stairs, and meal preparation.
Today, Floyd has his life back. He’s off the oxygen, except at night. He’s driving. And, once again, he’s entertaining. Floyd is back home—on his own.
Alice is a Korean War veteran. She’s a generous, big-hearted woman, spiritual, and very involved with her community and extended family. At age 72, she was still living on her own with some assistance from her two grandchildren who helped her with the shopping.
A fall that resulted in a fractured hip, however, confined Alice to bed. She could no longer walk. She couldn’t even get out of bed by herself or go to the bathroom alone.
Therapists at SBVCC implemented a treatment program that increased Alice’s endurance and upper and lower body strength. They also trained Alice to dress and bathe with adaptive equipment and to use a walker for safe mobility.
After six weeks of rehabilitation at SBVCC, Alice left using a rolling walker, able to get in and out of bed without help, and able to perform home-making tasks independently. She made many new friends at SBVCC and still keeps in touch with them.
One day while he was cutting wood, John tripped, severely fracturing his left leg. The injury caused him intense pain and doctors said he would probably never walk again.
At age 87, John had other ideas, though. He served in the Army in WWII and received two bronze stars for exceptional service. His country roots gave him a strong love of nature. He enjoyed caring for property and enjoyed being outside.
His rehabilitation at SBVCC started with strength training and endurance, using exercise equipment and aerobic exercises. To heal the fracture, physical therapists used shortwave diathermy, a form of heat therapy. Electric stim therapy, electrical pulses, strengthened the muscles in John’s hip so he could put weight on his injured leg. Therapists then worked with John on getting up unassisted, standing, dressing and bathing using adaptive equipment. Gradually, John was able to walk using a cane.
John left SBVCC walking without a cane. He’s able to drive and living at home alone. With hard work and skilled care from the SBVCC staff, John has regained the freedom to enjoy the things he loves.