Specialized Exercise Program Shares the Power of Rehabilitation


During National Rehabilitation Week, recognized Sept. 18-24, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Concord celebrates “The Power of Rehabilitation” for patients overcoming challenges after illnesses and injuries. While our teams of clinicians work together to provide the power of rehabilitation, former patients like Carol Conforti Adams are the true heroes. Through her personal experience, she developed a specialized exercise program to get others facing disability moving again.

In February of 2002, Carol was on her way to school to teach when she was involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting from the early morning black ice on the road. She sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) and would need inpatient rehabilitation in order to get back to her independence. Carol was transferred to HealthSouth Concord to be close to home, family and friends, something Carol says was vital to her healing.

HealthSouth Concord’s SCI program offered an intense rehabilitation program and a specialized team approach with physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Following her experience at HealthSouth Concord, Carol saw a need in the community for helping and mentoring SCI patients and those with low mobility to get moving. In 2012 she established the non-profit, Wheelchair Health in Motion (WHIM). WHIM helps those with low mobility or wheelchair bound get active through innovative chair exercises, offering support and health and disease prevention information. It also advocates for access to community venues for those with disabilities and empowers wheelchair users to be active in their community.

The HealthSouth Concord WHIM group meets Thursdays from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the hospital located at 254 Pleasant Street. You can learn more information about WHIM and HealthSouth Concord’s rehabilitation programs at www.healthsouthrehabconcordnh.com.

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week was established in 1976 to create awareness of people with disabilities and promote the benefits of rehabilitation. In 1990, a presidential proclamation designated the third week of September as National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, which has grown to include more than 7,000 organizations.

Source: HealthSouth

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