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A process which works with people to teach them how to make the most of life! Using a combination of therapies, we help people:

  • recover from a disabling illness or injury, when possible
  • learn how to avoid other medical problems
  • adapt to a disability, if it's permanent
  • find new ways to perform tasks and reach goals
  • experience greater freedom and less dependence on others.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants help restore or improve function and relieve pain in people with physical disabilities. Goals of therapy include:

  • regain movement and promote healing
  • restore function to the injured body part
  • relieve pain and discomfort
  • rebuild confidence and motivate people to work toward recovery.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants help people with permanent or temporary disabilities enjoy increased independence and a better quality of life. Goals of therapy include:

  • learn new techniques or use adaptive equipment for bathing, dressing and cooking;
  • restore functional mobility;
  • adapt home or workplace to meet needs of disability or prevent disability;
  • relearn job skills;
  • rebuild confidence and motivate people to work toward recovery.

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologists help people overcome barriers to speech and hearing. Goals of therapy include:

  • learn new ways to speak after surgery on the larynx or tongue
  • regain speech after a stroke or other brain injury
  • overcome swallowing disorders
  • improve communication through adaptive equipment, when speech is not possible
  • improve understanding of others' speech

PACE Program

"People with Arthritis Can Exercise" is an eight-week exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis.

Exercise is an important component in the comprehensive health care management program of an individual with arthritis. A properly designed exercise program helps people with arthritis keep joints flexible, maintain muscle strength and build overall stamina. During this eight-week program, participants will go through a series of gentle movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion.

For more information or to register for the PACE Program, call rehabilitation services at 617-296-4000, ext. 5141.

Transitional Care Unit

The 27-bed Transitional Care Unit (TCU) is designed to fulfill the rehabilitative requirements of patients transitioning from an acute hospital stay to home. The TCU provides services to patients who no longer require acute hospitalization, but still need 24-hour skilled nursing and/or rehabilitation. The goal of the Transitional Care Unit is to assist patients achieve and maintain maximum independence.

A major focus of the TCU is to rehabilitate patients through physical, occupational and speech therapy, concentrating on functional, every day skills.

Patients are encouraged to do as many routine daily activities as possible. The length of stay depends on the medical condition, a patient's progress and insurance coverage. For the average person, the length of stay is between 13 - 18 days.

A vital component of the transition process is communication between the patient, the patient's family and the TCU staff. Patients and family members are invited to attend care-planning meetings and participate in establishing treatment goals.