Lakeland Clinical Programs

The Wound Center at Lakeland

Lakeland Health Care Center provides exceptional comprehensive care for all types of wounds and ulcers, including venous ulcers, diabetic wounds, pressure ulcers and post surgical wounds. Our team of wound specialists includes physicians, a nurse practitioner, nurses and a dietitian. We take a multidisciplinary approach, emphasizing prevention and early intervention, and use the latest treatment modalities, including topical preparations, antibiotic therapy, wound dressings, wound vacs and whirlpool therapy. Lakeland Health Care Center has a reputation for using the most effective treatments available to effectuate rapid and sustained healing. We also provide educational resources for our clients who are returning home, to help them maintain healthy skin.

The Stroke Program at Lakeland

The Stroke Program at Lakeland is designed for individuals who have experienced a Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA), also known as a "brain attack" or stroke. Those who have suffered a stroke may experience loss of movement (generally on one side of the body), impaired speech, difficulty swallowing, confusion, memory loss and decreased emotional control. While each stroke patient receives rehabilitation services specific to his or her individual needs, the following are among the special programs offered at Lakeland:
  • Speech, Language and Cognitive Training
  • Mobility Training
  • Specialized Feeding and Swallowing Program, including VitalStim® Therapy
  • Self-care Training

Since the trauma of a stroke can cross the entire spectrum of medical, physical, cognitive, emotional and psychological problems, Lakeland Health Care Center is staffed with a team of caring professionals specially trained in the treatment of stroke patients. This team includes:
  • Physiatrist (physician who specializes in physical and rehabilitation medicine)
  • Consulting Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Chaplains
  • Social Workers
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialists

Intravenous Therapy

Lakeland caters to clients requiring most types of intravenous therapy. These include antibiotic therapy, Dobutamine therapy, hydration, out-patient chemotherapy, pain management with patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps and total parental nutrition (TPN).

VitalStim® Therapy for Dysphagia

An estimated 15 million Americans are afflicted with Dysphagia, a condition that causes discomfort or difficulty swallowing. At its most severe — when patients entirely lose their ability to eat — Dysphagia can profoundly disrupt a life. Dysphagia is common among stroke survivors, patients with neurological disorders like Parkinson's Disease, and patients with head and neck cancer. It disproportionately affects the elderly, and success with existing treatments has been limited at best.

Lakeland Health Care Center is proud to be one of a few select providers in the country to offer VitalStim® Therapy, an exciting new therapy, and the first proven treatment for Dysphagia. VitalStim® is the only Dysphagia therapy backed by compelling clinical data and cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VitalStim® Therapy uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing. At the same time, a trained specialist helps patients "re-educate" their muscles through rehabilitation therapy. For more information regarding VitalStim® Therapy, including contraindications, adverse effects and cautions, click here.

Accelerated Care Plus (ACP)

As part of our comprehensive approach to care, Lakeland Health Care Center is pleased to offer innovative treatment modalities using ACP, an internationally recognized rehabilitation program developed to optimize patient outcomes, and to address a variety of neurological and musculoskeletal health conditions and needs, including:
  • Complex Wounds
  • Edema
  • Chronic Pain
  • Contractures
  • Incontinence
  • Muscle Re-education

The following are some of the ACP treatment modalities offered at Lakeland:
  • Electrical stimulation for pain management, increased blood flow, spasticity management and muscle re-education.
  • Ultrasound treatments to generate deep heating, facilitate the relaxation of contractures and accelerate the healing of soft tissue.
  • Shortwave diathermy, using radio waves to increase the extensibility of Collagen Tissue, reduce inflammation and increase local blood flow.

Dementia Program

Our Dementia Program features a variety of specialized services to enhance the quality of life of persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias, including:
  • Sensory stimulation in small groups and one to one activities sessions
  • Music therapy provided by a therapist with over twenty years of experience
  • Individualized meals and snacks to meet the special nutritional needs of persons with Dementia; and
  • Pet therapy to provide comfort, affection, and socialization

Our social workers also provide ongoing support to family members, to help them to understand and cope with the challenges associated with Dementia.
The rehab staff is world class, and the nursing, recreation, and social work staff is so pleasant, encouraging and supportive. — Edna S.