Whittier Health Network

Rehabilitation Services

Whittier offers all levels of rehabilitation services, tailored to your needs, and all under one roof. Our interdisciplinary team approach supports excellent outcomes, and we take great pride in our commitment to total patient care, professionalism, and respect throughout the rehabilitation process.

Each patient’s course of recovery is unique. The duration of rehabilitation is determined by the severity of the patient’s condition, their potential for improvement, and their response to treatment. Our ultimate goal is to maximize each patient’s functional independence and facilitate a safe discharge back to their home and community. At Whittier, we want to ensure that patients have the freedom to make the choices that are important to them and their families!

Occupational Therapy (OT) nurse helping patient at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts

Physical Therapy

People with physical limitations affecting their quality of life can enjoy improved day-to-day living when they receive high-quality physical therapy. At Whittier, we take care of patients on their journey to recovery and help them reclaim their lives after severe illnesses and injuries. 

Whittier’s dedicated Physical Therapists (PTs) evaluate and develop a treatment plan to improve overall function in areas such as bed mobility, transfers, and ambulation. 

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Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs)

Unlike acute-care hospitals, our focus is improving activities of daily living and functional mobility to increase our patients’ level of independence. Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) treatment usually lasts 12-16 days, depending on your unique needs. Our experienced team utilizes an interdisciplinary, coordinated approach requiring patient participation at least 15 hours per week, usually over six days.

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Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC)

Our rehabilitation teams provide our patients with a seamless continuity of care throughout the rehabilitation journey within our two conveniently located LTACs: one in Haverhill, MA, and the other in Westborough, MA.

Whittier is accredited by The Joint Commission: a voluntary membership demonstrating our dedication to meeting and exceeding industry standards of care. Joint Commission-certified facilities undergo a rigorous assessment process outside mandatory annual surveys with their surveyors.

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Occupational Therapy (OT) nurse helping patient at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts

Occupational Therapy

Whittier’s occupational therapists treat clients along the full spectrum of care settings: inpatient, outpatient, and home health care, so our patients may regain their prior level of function in self-care, fine motor skills, work, and leisure pursuits and get back to performing activities of daily living (ADLs). Therapy goals are developed in coordination with other therapists on the Whittier rehab team and with the client and family members.

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Occupational Therapy (OT) nurse helping patient at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts

Outpatient Neurologic Rehabilitation

Our program provides individually tailored comprehensive care to treat the physical, psychological, cognitive, communicative, and vocational consequences of a neurologic injury. In addition to skilled therapy, patients meet regularly with the medical staff who focus on education, support and coordinating the highest level of medical and rehabilitative care.

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Occupational Therapy (OT) nurse helping patient at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapy

Restoring well-being and quality of life is the primary focus of Whittier Rehabilitation’s Respiratory Therapy Department. Our comprehensive pulmonary program offers high-quality treatment for various lung disorders and diseases. We’re honored that patients trust us on their journey to health and independence.

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Nurses with ventilator weaning patient at a Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in MA

Ventilator Weaning

At Whittier, we use all modes of ventilation and weaning support, such as PSV, SBT (spontaneous breathing trials to assess the ability to wean from the ventilator), and trach collar trials (complete independence from the ventilator). These are scheduled every day to determine the ability to increase the time of weaning until the patient achieves their goals.

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2 Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), (Speech Therapists -ST) with patient

Speech Therapy

Whittier’s dedicated Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), also called Speech Therapists (STs), determine the safest and least restrictive diet for patients with trouble swallowing, a common problem for people recovering from a debilitating illness such as a stroke. SLPs teach strategies to improve chewing and swallowing and assist people with relearning communication skills and help improve their cognitive skills.

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patient receiving wound care by interdisciplinary wound management team

Wound Care Center

At Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital-Bradford, our mission is to provide patient-focused, scientifically and technologically advanced comprehensive wound management services through an interdisciplinary approach to wound care. The goal of our clinic is to facilitate efficient and effective wound healing whenever possible with an ultimate goal of maximizing the quality of life and functional performance of individuals with wounds.

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