By Paula Spencer Scott, Caring.com senior editor My 87-year-old Dad, who has dementia, had nine visitors recently: his grandchildren, who ranged in age from 4 to 17. Four of my own kids and my six nieces and nephews made a lively parade as they threaded through the halls of the care facility where he's doing stroke rehab. Their chattering and bouncing reminded me that although visiting a nursing care facility can feel unnatural if you're not used to it, in some ways nothing could be more natural than what sometimes happens when life at either end of the spectrum connects.
Whether you join us for a brief stay or call us your home, we want you to feel as comfortable as you would amongst family, wile receiving care such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. Dover Center for Health and Rehabilitation also provides a myriad of medical services including pulmonary rehabilitation, heart failure services for CHF, cardiac recovery, amputee rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and wound care management to name a few.
Dover Center for Health and Rehabilitation prides itself on our customer service and maintains a common commitment to the highest level of quality care, a focus on customer service and providing a nurturing environment for both patients and families.
I came to Dover Center for Health and Rehabilitation on September 9th after two hospitalizations, I came to Dover Center for my illness after chemotherapy and weakness. When I got there I noticed right away that they were very busy but not too busy for a smile. The day after I arrived I met my Occupational therapist Chie and my Physical therapist Tammy, I worked with other therapist but they stick out because of their smiles and support. When I first got there I was very weak, through Chie’s hard work and support I can now take care of myself, and because of Tammy and the PT team I can now transfer myself with little help and am beginning to stand more. While I was here perhaps the thing that stood out most was how pleasant the staff was to me. Even though everyone was great, I want to recognize two nurse’s aides, Siri and Shelby, even though they were always busy, they always had time for me and always had a smile on their face. Everyone at Dover Center works as a team and show that "there is no I in team."
Moving to Dover Center was the best move I have made to get care for my COPD. I did not understand how to manage or live with it. After 6 years, the first time I was asked about it, I refused. Then, 30-45 days later, back in the hospital. I jumped at the chance and it was the best move I have ever made to learn to live with and control this problem. The staff here has been outstanding and very helpful if you want the help to live a good live to its fullest possible way.
On September 17th I was admitted to Dover Center for Health & Rehab to rehabilitate after surgery for a broken femur and partial hip replacement. I was quite nervous to be going anywhere but home, but I also knew that I was quite weak and my walking balance was not very stable. As soon as I was assigned a room - an introduction to PT and OT specialists was made. Plans and an individual program were set up and my rehab began the following morning. My PT specialist worked slowly but steadily with me. She gave me clues as to the three biggest mistakes that you can do with your legs that would affect the progress of my recovery. The entire staff would see me in the hallway and encourage me and perhaps cue me if I could improve in some areas. I will be returning home today (just 7 days into rehab). I am walking with only the aid of a cane and am both grateful and amazed at my progress. One of the most important credit I want to give is not only with the PT, OT departments. Special acknowledgement goes to the nurses and aids for their incredible patience with each and every patient. When you thought I wasn’t watching – I was listening – Superior Job!
On 7 May 2013, I received a full knee replacement at the Portsmouth New Hampshire Regional Hospital. After spending approximately 3 days in the hospital, I was transferred to the Dover Center for Health and Rehabilitation to receive rehab for my knee. Between the physical and occupational therapy; the personal attention by all the staff and the high degree of professionalism exhibited by everyone with whom I came in contact, I was able to go home one week after arriving. If I ever have occasion to receive rehab again, I will definitely try to have it performed here. These folks are like a family to me.
I just want to thank all of you took part in making my stay here a pleasure. From O.T. to P.T. to nursing, respiratory therapist, CNAs and everyone else. If it weren't for you all, I wouldn't be doing as well as I am. Your facility is great. Keep up the great work - great staff!! Thanks again!
I was admitted to Dover Center for Health & Rehabilitation for general weakness and my COPD. I enjoyed my time here and the staff is excellent. I have been here before and it's better since National HealthCare acquired the center. I enjoy working with PT and OT, they are great, and I can walk a lot better and further.
COPD is my disease, a flare up put me in the hospital for 7 days. Then my doctor sends me to a Rehab. This didn’t impress me too much—how would they help me? I didn’t know breathing while walking or talking is so hard. COPD is life changing. Through breathing exercises and therapy I can breathe better even while walking. My therapy team had a plan for me: -First learn to know the signs of a flare-up. -Second teach me how to breathe. I can now function at a level I want. I can do housework, yard work, and vacation because I’ve learned how to control my breathing. Now I will have a fuller life doing more. The Pulmonary Therapy team taught me a new way to breathe and I’m glad I came to Dover Center for Health and Rehabilitation to learn. Thank You!