MossRehab Art Therapy Program Water Lilies Project Blossoms into a Surfboard for Persons With Disabilities

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jun 23, 2016 4:45:34 PM

When a group of surfers with disabilities took to the water off the beach at Wildwood, N.J., for the annual “They Will Surf Again” program on Father’s Day, one of the surfboards they rode to shore was more than just a surfboard—it was an authentic work of art influenced by none other than the French impressionist Claude Monet. And the creative spirits who painstakingly painted the Monet-inspired water lilies that decorated the board from nose to tail were none other than the members of the art therapy program at MossRehab—with support from longtime associates at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

So the question is: Why Monet? Well, first, there is the clear association with water. But there’s something more.

“Our theme all year has been telling stories through portraits,” says Marya Camilleri, MA, art therapist and Art Therapy Community Partnership Coordinator at MossRehab. “We’ve been focusing on stories of people who have had interesting or adventurous experiences—either the artists or the subjects of their artwork.”

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Topics: MossRehab, They Will Surf Again

Photo Essay: For More Than 60 Persons With Disabilities, A Morning of Surfing at the Jersey Shore

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jun 22, 2016 5:10:39 PM

Breezy weather. Water temperatures in the comfortable high 60s. And thanks to Mother Nature, an endless supply of perfect, frothy waves.

If you were a surfer on Sunday in Wildwood Crest, N.J., it was hard to imagine a more flawless day.

On the beach at the foot of Rambler Road, more than 60 people who might not get many chances to surf had an opportunity to do just that, thanks to a MossRehab-sponsored program called They Will Surf Again, the flagship program of Life Rolls On, a nonprofit that serves as a resource and advocates for people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injury.

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New Program at MossRehab Shows How to Communicate When Communication is Difficult

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jun 14, 2016 2:38:15 PM

Paula Sobel, MA, CCC- SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at MossRehab. You would expect a person trained to work in that field to have an understanding of the communication difficulties experienced by people recovering from  brain injuries, strokes, and other disorders. But sometimes it’s personal.

“I had an uncle who recently passed away from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the disease that many may recognize from the movie about Stephen Hawking’s life,” she said. “My uncle was a lawyer, and communication was critical to his profession.  As his speech deteriorated, he became harder and harder to understand. People would come to the house to talk to him and to socialize. As his speech became more difficult to understand, these people became more and more uncomfortable. They would end up talking over him to others in the room. He would get so upset because they were talking around him and over him. It was really devastating.”

Informed by experiences like that, Sobel and fellow MossRehab speech-language pathologist Pippa Sigüenza, MS, CCC- SLP, have created a new Communication  Literacy program to help educate members of the general public—helping them learn how to communicate with people who have speech, language and cognitive disorders. This program is called Communication Literacy: Setting the Stage for Successful Interaction.

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Topics: MossRehab, Speech Therapy, Communications Disorders

The RELEAS Splint: For Some Stroke Patients, It Can Mean a New Lease on Life

Posted by Jeff Meade on Mar 14, 2016 3:13:40 PM

Suppose you needed help to pull up your pants and fasten your belt.

For most of us, those two tasks come easily. We don’t even think about them. For many stroke patients, however, being able to accomplish those two activities without help would represent a remarkable improvement in the quality of life—a level of independence they never thought they might attain.

Thanks to a glove-like splint invented by Joseph Padova, OTR/L, an occupational therapist at MossRehab, who specializes in stroke rehabilitation and has experience as a clinical specialist for upper limb amputee training—and a self-professed tinkerer—many stroke patients are able to do those two things and more, such as tie their shoelaces, open jars, fold laundry, wrap presents or hold a wallet open to remove cash or credit cards.

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Topics: MossRehab, Rehabilitation, Stroke

Actor Michael Toner's Courageous Next Act: Returning to the Stage After a Devastating Accident

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jan 7, 2016 4:05:12 PM

Michael Toner, in dress rehearsal at the Walnut Street Theatre (photos by Wes Hilton)

Michael Toner, one of Philadelphia’s best-known actors, has appeared on the stage for decades. Like many actors, he has never had any desire to do anything else, and that’s what he thought he was always going to do.

That confidence was shattered sometime before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9.

Toner, 69, was struck by a hit and run driver and critically injured on 11th Street below Market in Center City Philadelphia. The force of the collision severed his left leg above the knee. Toner doesn’t remember anything about the accident, though he recalls what happened before.

“I was in the middle of [the run of] a one-man play, ‘Crossing the Threshold into the House of Bach’ by David L. Simpson, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on the Penn Campus,” he says. “I was going to catch my commuter train home.” How long Toner lay in the street isn’t clear, but he says he owes his survival to a passing Good Samaritan. “A homeless man found me and called an ambulance.”

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Dr. Alberto Esquenazi’s Moment of More: 'Here, It’s the Effort of Many, Not the Individual.'

Posted by Patrick Carney on Nov 25, 2015 10:42:58 AM

Alberto Esquenazi, MD, is chief medical officer of MossRehab.

Q: How long have you worked at MossRehab?

A: 32 years

Q: What does “More than Medicine” mean to you?

A: It’s the fact that we do more than deal just with the medical needs of the patients, we deal with the comprehensive needs of the individual.  We deal with each person’s emotional, social and physical needs.

Q: What gets you excited about coming to work at Einstein?

A: This is a place that’s all about people—the people who work here and the people we provide care for. We also provide care with a collective effort. Here, it’s the effort of many, not the individual.

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Topics: MossRehab, Moment of More

Brain Aneurysm Survivor Documents His Experience—and His Survival— in a New e-Book

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Nov 12, 2015 10:00:00 AM

It was January 2010. John Cooper, RN, had just returned from a family trip to Disney World, suffering what he describes as "the worst headache of my life."

In fact, it wasn't a headache at all, but a 40- x 55-mm aneurysm—a distended, weakened area of an artery in his brain, like a thin, weak spot in a rubber garden hose.

That was the beginning of a long, hard road for Cooper, who endured coma, left-side weakness, anger and depression, and cognitive and emotional impairments.

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Topics: MossRehab

As Easy as Riding a Bike?

Posted by Jeff Meade on Oct 28, 2015 3:09:58 PM

James T. Davis Jr. strapped on a helmet, slid into the seat of a slick three-wheel recumbent bike, and took off down the pavement.

It sounds like it was easy, but it was anything but. Back in 2013, Davis had a partial amputation of his right leg due to a post-operative infection and complications. He has been a patient with MossRehab since then, gradually regaining his mobility, his confidence—and his life. Davis walks with a prosthetic leg, together with a set of forearm crutches adorned with cheery green Eagles logos.

One bright sunny Sunday, Davis took the opportunity to learn yet another way to enhance his mobility. He signed up for a one-day bike riding clinic for individuals with amputations hosted by MossRehab in conjunction with the non-profit Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports (PCAS).

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The Clubhouse: A Place of Refuge Where People with Brain Injuries Can Re-Learn Life Skills

Posted by Patrick Carney on Oct 21, 2015 1:37:00 PM

When Joe Veight flipped his '93 Mustang over the guardrail on Route 553 in New Jersey and slammed into a pole so hard that it snapped in half, he should have died. Doctors told his family that if he survived, his best case scenario was to spend the rest of his life in a vegetative state.

Seventeen years later, Joe confidently walked into a room to talk about his near-death experience with a matter-of-fact attitude. He speaks about the accident and the 110 days he spent in a coma fighting for his life in a New Jersey hospital as the turning point in his life, a life that had been ravaged by drugs and alcohol.

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Topics: MossRehab

Take a Look at the Easier-to-Use Redesigned

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Oct 1, 2015 10:30:00 AM

When the folks at MossRehab sat down to redesign their website, they faced a difficult challenge: How to help patients and their family members easily navigate to the services they need during a highly stressful moment in their lives.

MossRehab, part of the Einstein Healthcare Network, ranks among the best in the nation for rehabilitating traumatic injuries, including injuries to the brain and spine, strokes and amputations. Prospective patients and, often, their family members, need to know they are choosing a physical rehabilitation facility they can trust based on more than pictures.

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Topics: MossRehab

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