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Specialty Programs

 

We offer several evidence-based clinical programs that focus on the comprehensive treatment and management of chronic conditions.

Select any Specialty Programs heading below to view more information on that program.
 

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  • Dementia Program

    Did you know that according to the World Health Organization a new case of Dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds? Our dementia program focuses on the clinical symptoms of this debilitating disease that are often severe enough to interfere with daily functioning and quality of life.

    We offer a compassionate medical approach that promotes safety and functional ability by implementing both nursing and therapy interventions. A physical therapist will focus on fall prevention while speech and occupational therapists will focus on improving communication and cognition.

    Helpful tools and resources for dementia patients and their families:

    Dementia Screening (PDF):   Exam   Instructions   Score Interpretation
    Pinnacle Dementia Flier (PDF)
    www.alz.org/what-is-dementia
    www.caregiver.org

  • Senior Safety

    One in three people over the age of 65 will suffer a fall which is the leading cause of death and hospitalization for seniors. This program’s focus is improved balance through interventions from physical therapy as well as improved over all safety through nursing interventions. These include medication management and drug reconciliation, prevention of dehydration which leads to orthostatic hypotension, and pain assessment and interventions. In addition, all patients on the program will receive a detailed home inspection for safety which includes simple preventative advice and recommendations for DME equipment.

    Helpful tools and resources for keeping seniors safe at home:

    Senior Safety Evaluation (PDF)
    Fall Prevention Checklist (PDF)
    www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/50-safety-tips-for-seniors
    www.nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/homesafety

  • COPD

    Did you know that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has rated Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to be the third leading cause of death amongst American’s? Here at Pinnacle Senior Care we realize the difficulties associated with living with COPD. Our skilled clinicians provide care, therapies and education that will assist in your ability to manage your COPD and decrease the amount of emergency room visits and most importantly help you to enjoy a better quality of life. We will work closely with your physician to develop a plan of care that meets your individual treatment goals and includes disease management, medication education and compliance, environmental assessment and safety issues, nutritional and lifestyle modifications.

    For more information about COPD please visit:

    www.copd.org/screening/survey
    www.copd-support.com
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth

  • CHF Program

    Congestive Health Failure is one of the most prevalent reasons for hospital admission and the course of the disease in any given patient is extremely variable. This program is designed to prevent recurrent hospitalizations through cardiac rehabilitation and nursing interventions. We focus on diet, disease, and medication management.

    Helpful tools and resources for CHF patients and their families:

    Medication Tip Sheet (PDF)
    CHF ZONES (PDF)
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth
    www.healthcommunities.com/congestive-heart-failure/treatment

  • Diabetes

    Using the cornerstones of diabetes management (meal planning, exercise, medication, and blood glucose monitoring), our skilled clinicians will work to establish a plan of care that teaches new skills and educates family and caregivers on the ever-changing treatment of this disease. Pinnacle utilizes both registered dietitians and diabetic educators to develop and assist patients with realistic meal planning. Infrared light therapy is also utilized and geared toward improving functional mobility and reducing fall risk.

    Helpful tools and resources for diabetes patients and their families:

    Diabetes Risk Test (PDF)
    www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/seniors
    www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/diabetes

  • Optimum Balance Program

    Falls are one of the greatest risks to
    people age 60+. In fact, according to the
    National Center for Injury Prevention
    and Control, one in three adults age 65
    and older falls each year.

    The Optimum Balance program provides
    balance training to help reduce the
    need for emergency care due to falls. Our
    outcomes are proven: Patients who take
    part in the Optimal Balance program are consistently able to reduce
    their fall risk as measured by standardized testing.

    Helpful tools and resources to help reduce fall risk:

    Fall Prevention Checklist (PDF)
    Senior Safety Evaluation (PDF)
    Pinnacle Senior Safety Flier (PDF)
    www.vestibular.org
    www.nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/causesandriskfactors

  • Happy Feet Podiatry Program

    After the age of 75, fewer than 30% of patients can still look after their feet themselves because they either can’t see well, they can’t reach their feet, or they lack grip strength or have cognitive disorders. Pinnacle nurses will provide assessment visits for up to 3 weeks after a podiatrist has cut toenails to ensure that underlying conditions do not result in wounds to the feet. They will provide wound care to any foot wounds. Physical therapy will assist with pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms with the use of anodyne therapy.

    For more information about podiatric care, please visit:

    www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabeticfoot
    www.diabetescare.net/comorbidity

  • Pain Management

    Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Pinnacle can help to ease and prevent pain starting with a comprehensive assessment. Safe and effective pain management includes physical therapy, medication management, medical social services for counseling, and a home health aide to assist with activities of daily living caused by decreased functional ability. Our care professionals will work with you to develop pain goals.

    Helpful tools and resources for patients living with chronic pain:

    Pain Log (PDF)
    www.theacpa.org
    www.chronicpainanonymous.org

  • Parkinson’s

    The Center for Disease Control rated complications from this disease as the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. Quality of life is impaired by both physical and psychosocial limitations. The goal of this program is to improve motor function with the use of physical therapy interventions based on improving the speed and amplitude of movement. Psychosocial concerns are treated by a medical social worker with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life. Nursing interventions focus on disease management and safety in the home environment.

    For more information about Parkinson’s disease, please visit:

    www.parkinson.org
    www.parkinsonshealth.com

  • Wound Care Management

    If you have a non-healing wound or are recovering from surgery our nurses can help to prevent complications and preserve function. A certified wound care nurse oversees the care of all patients in the wound care program. All wounds are photographed weekly and photos are sent to the primary care physician for review. Weekly conferences are held with an interdisciplinary team to ensure that the best possible healing interventions are taking place.

    Helpful tools and resources for patients and families:

    Take the Pressure Off (PDF)
    The Skin You’re In (PDF)

  • Lymphedema

    Affecting about 140 million people worldwide this program is designed to assist those that are suffering from localized fluid retention. The program is a multi-faceted therapy and nursing approach focusing on skin care, compression therapy, exercise and massage. Patients must be accepted to the program based on clinical guidelines written and overseen by a Certified Lymphedema Specialist.

    For more information about Lymphedema, please visit:

    www.lymphnet.org/lymphedemaFAQs
    www.lymphedemapeople.com

  • Anodyne Therapy

    Anodyne (Infrared Light) Therapy is a non-invasive way to increase circulation and reduce pain. State of the art equipment is used in the area effected in order to increase circulation and reduce pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms caused by underlying conditions. Anodyne is safe and effective for many conditions.

    Helpful tools and resources for patients and families considering Anodyne Therapy:

    Anodyne Presentation (PDF)
    Anodyne Testimonials (PDF)
    www.anodynetherapy.com

  • Palliative Care Program

    This program is designed to ease the transition to Hospice care. It is a way for patients and caregivers to accept the terminal diagnosis while providing support needed to maintain the best possible quality of life. We seek to meet and exceed the needs of patients with complex and/or life-limiting illnesses. The program promotes safety through physical therapy and nursing interventions before transitioning to Hospice.

    Helpful tools and resources for patients and families considering palliative care:

    Caregiver Strain Index (PDF)
    www.getpalliativecare.org/rightforyou
    www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions

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