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Technology brings rehab directly to patients’ homes

Date: 04/03/2020

You’ve heard the phrase, “Desperate times call for desperate measures?” In the case of Northern Light Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, it’s more like “Challenging times call for creative measures.”

With so many of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s services and offerings interrupted due to COVID-19, the team at Northern Light Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab is using technology to reach patients in a way that is safe, convenient, secure, and still allows them to receive the exercise and health coaching so necessary for people in rehab. Using Zoom technology, Cardiac Rehab is offering online exercise classes to patients who have access to a home computer or smart phone. Their first round of classes were held on March 27 with several patients, each of whom was appreciative of the efforts to continue to provide this important service.
 
During the class, Sue Dearborn, MS, CCEP, senior exercise physiologist, conducted exercise classes while Eileen Smith Porter, RD, CDE, worked with patients in need of food and nutrition guidance, making sure they’re following recommended diets and providing tips and support.
 
“Although we can’t be together in person, the Rehab staff is checking in on all our patients multiple times per week either by phone or video,” says Laurie LeBlanc, RN WCC, practice manager, Northern Light Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. “We are also screening for food insecurity, ensuring everyone has what they need to remain healthy and well during the pandemic. In cases where food is a concern, Rehab staff are helping to find solutions for patients in need.”
 
This is a perfect of example of how, through creative thinking and tenacity, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is making healthcare work for the people of Maine, even in the face of a public health crisis. To learn more about Northern Light Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, call 973.4600 or visit us HERE.