St. John’s Rehabilitation Services Featured in Local Story

A recent study released by the University of Rochester Medical Center concluded that some nursing homes across New York State were pushing unnecessary rehabilitation services on residents, particularly towards end-of-life. The findings contend that for-profit nursing homes may be providing excessive rehab therapy for financial gain, especially when statistics were compared to those of non-profit providers.

St. John’s Rehabilitation Director Matthew Rossman was interviewed for a news story by WROC-TV covering the study results and local implications.  Rossman– who also worked at for-profit nursing homes and hospitals prior to joining non-profit provider St. John’s– says physical, occupational, and speech therapy services provided at the skilled nursing level should always be determined by the needs of the resident, not the financial bottom-line of nursing home.   “We base it on need.  What their goals are, what they can tolerate, and what their preferences are,” said Rossman. “Its usually fairly obvious when its time to change what we’re doing or maybe step back from treatment at all.”

See News 8 story on skilled nursing rehabilitation by clicking here.

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