REHABILITATION SERVICES

We now offer extended hours in our rehab services department. If you could benefit from an appointment outside of regular business hours, call 641-446-2219 to learn more.

Whether you are recovering from a fall, illness, or surgery, the Decatur County Hospital Rehabilitation Team offers comprehensive treatment plans to help you get back on your feet. Our team offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy services including:

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Whether you are recovering from a fall, illness, or surgery, Decatur County Hospital Physical Therapy offers comprehensive and individual treatment plans to help you get back on your feet. Depending on your individual needs, physical therapy can help you with flexibility, balance, strength, endurance, and coordination.

Physical therapy may be recommended for the following:

  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Orthopedic Injuries including knees, ankle/foot, shoulders or hips
  • Fractures
  • Arthritic Conditions, e.g., Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Wound Care
  • Lymphedema
  • Vestibular Disorders (Dizziness)
  • Pain Management
  • Sports Injuries
  • Work Related Injuries
  • LSVT BIG® (Click here to learn more)

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

At Decatur County Hospital, our occupational therapy department focuses on helping people regain or learn new skills to improve their ability to function as independently as possible.

Occupational therapists at DCH develop a personalized treatment approach for patients with conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Developmental delay
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sports injuries
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Upper extremity disorders
  • Work related injuries

Occupational therapy may focus on areas such as:

If you feel you or your family member may benefit from occupational therapy but do not see a specific condition or focus area, please call the rehab department at 641-446-2219 to inquire.

Pediatric Rehab

In addition to helping patients recover from a fall, illness, or surgery, our Occupational Therapists (Taylor Kohlwey, OTR/L, CLT; and Jennifer Barker, COTA), and Physical Therapist (Rachael Lesan, DPT, ATC)  offer comprehensive, personalized plans developed specifically for pediatric patients. These plans can help identify and meet the needs of children with development delays, injuries, disabilities, and other special needs. Some of the conditions we can treat include:

  • Developmental delay including skills such as social, play, fine motor, handwriting, throwing/catching, jumping, running, walking, self-cares, etc.
  • Down syndrome, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and autism
  • Sensory processing disorders

If you notice the following conditions in your child, it may indicate that he or she could benefit from our pediatric rehab services.

Difficulty handwriting. If your child struggles with handwriting, holding writing devices, forming letters, or other basic skills, therapy can help. With strength training, muscle memory training, practice using different writing utensils, and other techniques, we can help improve your child’s handwriting skills.

Restlessness during class or at home activities. Even though a certain level of restlessness is expected in children, some children experience prolonged difficulty sitting through class, or sitting still during relaxing activities at home. Children who seem overactive, or who cannot sit through class may benefit from our rehab programs to develop coping techniques to displace excess energy.

Difficulty staying on task or transitioning from one task to another. Children who have trouble focusing on one activity, or changing their frame of mind from one activity to another may benefit from rehab therapy. Customized programs help teach children techniques to keep their focus and ignore distractions, and provide strategies and opportunities to practice changing focus when transitioning from one activity to another.

Developing appropriate behavior techniques. Children with certain conditions often struggle in social situations. Our rehab team works with patients who need to learn appropriate behavior in social situations including classrooms, stores, restaurants, and other public places. Children can learn techniques to cope with triggers in these unknown environments, and how to behave in a way that lessens their disruption to others.

Eating. There are many obstacles children must overcome when eating. These obstacles are more difficult for some children than others. If your child has trouble using utensils properly, or struggles with other mechanics of eating, our rehab therapy can help.

If you feel your child could benefit from our rehab services, call us at 641-446-2219 to learn more and schedule an appointment. One of our therapists will work with you and your child to develop a plan to meet their needs, and address your concerns. Each patient receives a customized plan based on their specific needs to ensure your child gets the best treatment possible.

SPEECH THERAPY

Speech therapists are contracted by Decatur County Hospital to improve the quality of life for individuals experiencing problems with speaking, understanding, swallowing or hearing. Therapists work to treat these disorders and minimize the isolating and frustrating impact they often have. Speech therapy services include:

  • Adult and child speech disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • LSVT LOUD® (Click here to learn more)

Our goal in the speech therapy department is to return patients to their prior level of function and improve their quality of life.

LYMPHEDEMA CARE

Lymphedema is general swelling of the legs or arms often associated with removal of or dysfunction of the lymph nodes. With physician guidance, lymphedema can be managed with early diagnosis and diligent care of the affected limb. Decatur County Hospital is dedicated to providing lymphedema services in order to improve quality of life for many people living with this disease

LSVT BIG & LOUD

Program for Parkinson's Disease and Neurological Disorders

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Do you or someone you know suffer from slow or decreased movement or difficulty speaking at full volume due to Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition?

Ask your doctor about a referral to Decatur County Hospital for our LSVT BIG® & LSVT LOUD® programs. These programs are proven to help regain normal function and movement for those suffering from neurological conditions, and help condition those with speech issues to better understand their speech volume and feel more comfortable using a stronger voice. Click here to read all about our LSVT programming.

For more information about rehabilitation services at Decatur County Hospital, contact the Rehabilitation Department at 641-446-2219.

OUR TEAM

Melissa Smith, Rehab Director, Physical Therapist Assistant

Melissa Smith

rehab director
physical therapist assistant

Micah Kohlwey, Physical Therapist

Micah Kohlwey

physical therapist

Taylor Kohlwey, Occupational Therapist

taylor kohlwey

occupational therapist

Rachael Lesan, Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer

Rachael Lesan

physical Therapist
Athletic Trainer

Laria Rasmussen, Physical Therapy Technician

Laria Rasmussen

Physical Therapy Technician

Ted Roush, Speech Therapist

Ted Roush

speech therapist

Sara Tedford, Physical Therapist

Sara Tedford

physical therapist

Alyssa Wilson, Physical Therapist

Alyssa Wilson

Physical Therapist