Rehabilitation is usually associated with those who have had a stroke or suffered a severe injury, but rarely do you associate rehab with cancer.
Adena is on the leading edge of a new thought process that continues the care after the treatment.
“Historically it’s always been thought if you had cancer you made it the treatments, go home and rest, you’ll bounce back. That’s the opposite of what research is telling us.” said Laura Adams ARMC Rehabilitation Manager, Main Campus, “Research shows us that challenging functional endurance of patients actually helps them return them to a better quality of life.”
The Adena Star Program is a first of its kind collaboration between the Rehab team and the Cancer Center.
Each training and rehabilitation program is tailored to meet a survivor’s needs following medical treatment.
The rehab tackles fatigue mostly, but it also deals with secondary issues like range of motion, strength and balance issues following chemotherapy and radiation.
Laura said, “We noticed there was a huge piece of survivorship care that we were missing. We had the medical side down really well, but it was the care after that point.”
The 4-6 week program involves cardio and strength training as well as exercises to do at home.
“So now there is no reason for survivors to have to deal with the fatigue when there are tools available to help them get back to their lives.” said Laura.
You will not find this program in Columbus or anywhere else in Southern Ohio. Adena is one of only six hospitals in the state that offers STAR.
Laura said Adena caregivers were very motivated to join the program and volunteered on their own time to complete the courses, “They sought it out. They wanted to get this knowledge so they could better serve their patients.”
For appointments and/or additional information, call the Adena Rehabilitation Department at (740) 779-7690. A provider referral is usually needed before therapies can begin.