SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Recovering from a stroke, a fall, or an auto accident takes time.  It also takes extensive rehabilitation, something AristaCare at Cedar Oaks knows all about.

AristaCare at Cedar Oaks is on Durham Avenue, right by Route 287.  In addition to its many programs, the facility offers in-patient rehabilitation and physical therapy that is a step beyond the typical care patients receive after being hospitalized.

“In-patient recovery is more comprehensive,” explained AristaCare Chief Operating Officer Renee Pruzansky.  “Morning to night, everything you do is geared toward rehab.  We offer a great environment where you’re engulfed in rehabilitation.”

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Pruzansky said in-patient care has quite a few advantages over trying to recover at home:  “For one, you’re surrounded by a motivated staff 24 hours a day.” 

The facility even boasts what it calls “Recovery Lane,” a simulated Main Street where patients can re-learn many of the things they took for granted before their injuries.  Recovery Lane allows patients to navigate a street, sidewalk, and curb, and it includes simulated store fronts, an ATM, and a mail box.      

“We even have a supermarket with a checkout,” Pruzansky explained.  “With inpatient care we’re looking at the whole picture, which encompasses every capacity of daily living.”

According to the staff at AristaCare, rehabilitation is more than just getting people to walk.  The purpose is to make sure people can function safely in the world they come from. 

Part of doing that includes creating the right environment.  “The staff is very upbeat,” Pruzansky explained.  “We want to bolster patient self-confidence, while getting them back to the highest level of functioning possible.”

The environment is also part of what makes AristaCare different from other sub-acute care facilities.  Patients are surrounded by wood-paneled walls that are typical of a five-star hotel.  The facility also employs a Director of Quality Experience, someone who acts as a concierge for the patients and visits each patient daily.

“Every patient gets my personal cell phone number,” said Adam Craven, who holds the position.  “They are free to call me anytime they need something—whenever we can do something to make their stay better.”

The typical patient stays at AristaCare between ten and 30 days, although stroke patients often stay longer.  During this time, the recovery team meets with them and their families to develop an individualized recovery plan. 

Recovery also includes the latest technology.  An aqua therapy pool designed by the same people who designed the pool for Yankee Stadium allows patients to walk against currents that change based ability and level of recovery.  In addition, therapists can use cardiac telemetry to monitor patients who suffered a heart attack and make sure their rehabilitation is safe but still challenging.

Stroke patients often use a TheraStride, which is body weight support system for locomotor training.  Patients using the equipment walk on a treadmill while their weight is supported, in essence, allowing the patient to re-learn walking.

According to Pruzansky, facilities like AristaCare at Cedar Oaks are becoming more necessary than ever because hospitals are discharging patients earlier than ever before.  “Our goal is to help people recover as quickly as possible.”

AristaCare at Cedar Oaks offers specialized physical, occupational, and speech therapies.  More information is available on its website.     

Editor's Note: AristaCare is an advertiser in The Alternative Press of South Plainfield.  For more information regarding advertising, please contact Darlene Cullen at dcullen@thealternativepress.com