The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for rehabilitation services around the world. Not only are these services among the most severely disrupted by the virus, but the need for them has also increased due to the long-term consequences of the illness. In the three-state area, many people who have been infected with the coronavirus are now dealing with physical, mental, and emotional health issues that can be addressed through rehabilitation. This is often referred to as “post-COVID syndrome” and requires specialized care.
The Westchester Medical Center (WMCHealth) Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program is designed to help those who are still suffering from the effects of the virus. Located on the WMCHealth campus in Valhalla, NY, this program is easily accessible to residents of the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Connecticut. WMCHealth has a wealth of experience in treating COVID-19 patients and was one of the first health systems in New York to launch diagnostics and antibody tests for the virus. The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of doctors and nurses who will evaluate each patient's condition and create a recovery plan that is tailored to their individual needs.
If necessary, they can also help patients establish an ongoing relationship with a primary care physician. The clinic center is located at the Harborview Medical Center Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic. Rehabilitation services should be organized around existing medical organizations and areas of knowledge and skill, rather than simply around classifications of illness or disability. The pandemic has highlighted how chaotic and inefficiently funded these services can be, so it is hoped that this crisis will lead to a much better system for allocating resources in the future.
Partial rehabilitation services are already available in many areas, including specialized rehabilitation, intermediate care, discharge with early support, discharge evaluation, home care, single point of access, and services for disabled youth. These should be encouraged from the start as they are fundamental components of all cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Other rehabilitation services may also be needed to identify and treat all problems related to post-COVID syndrome. At WMCHealth, our team is dedicated to helping those who are still suffering from their COVID-19 infection.
We understand that recovery can be a long process and we are here to provide support every step of the way. Our goal is to help you achieve a more complete recovery so that you can get back to living your life.