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Ivy Woods Manor in North Lima launches congestive heart failure rehabilitation program

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NORTH LIMA, Ohio - Ivy Woods Manor unveiled its new congestive heart failure rehabilitation program Wednesday.

As part of the program, patients are able to use a motorized Omnicycle that helps exercise the upper and lower body even if the patient is too weak to exercise on their own.

"In the old system, the traditional methods of therapy were measured by how far did they walk," explains Katie Rusu of Ivy Woods Manor. "With our Omnicycle and the equipment that we have, we can do more documentation to justify a longer stay under Medicare for these folks with congestive heart failure."

"What we are trying to do through this program is break that cycle of going home, going back to the hospital, going home, going back to the hospital," says Wayne Wilt of Ivy Woods Manor. "So, we are going to incorporate strength training, what we call home exercise programs and family education."

Nursing staff and therapists at Ivy Woods have gone through training and will work with the St. Elizabeth Health Center and home health agencies to treat patients.

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