NOTICE: COVID-19 – Rehab Services
In accordance with the state’s reopening, Bigfork Valley will begin rescheduling non-emergent outpatient services and surgical procedures beginning May 18, 2020. Over the past six weeks, Bigfork Valley has taken the time that our community has given us to plan and prepare for COVID-19. We have developed plans to protect our patients and staff by staggering appointments and eliminating waiting room time to limit unnecessary contact. We have implemented extra infection control precautions and screening tools to protect the health and safety of anyone visiting our campus. Curbside testing is now available in Bigfork to all symptomatic patients and we will utilize onsite rapid testing for surgical patients the day of the procedure.
When you arrive for a scheduled appointment, please use the main entrance where you will be screened and issued an alternative face mask. If you have a fabric mask available to you, please wear it into the facility to help us manage our supply. We will continue limiting visitors and ask that you come to your appointment alone if you are able, or that your companion stay in the car. If you are ill, please stay home and call your healthcare provider.
Your health and safety are our top priority and we are confident that we have implemented necessary changes to adapt to COVID-19 and are prepared to serve our community at a greater capacity with skill and compassion.
Bigfork Valley Rehab Services include physical, occupational and speech therapy professionals working together to assist individuals to return to functional activity levels after injury or disease. Therapists work to design a program specific to individual needs.
The department works closely with the Surgery Center to provide physical therapy following orthopaedic surgeries. Therapists also collaborate with the patient’s family physician and other health specialists to achieve the goal of treating the whole person and returning him or her to everyday life in the community and home. Under qualifying conditions, therapists may make home visits to treat patients.
The Rehab Services Department also meets the needs of elders living at the Bigfork Valley Communities to maintain and increase functional capabilities as they age. Occupational therapy has access to many adaptive aides—from special spoons and drinking cups to aides for putting on socks—to help individuals remain independent in everyday activities.
A consulting speech therapist can help with voice disorders, fluency and articulation, swallowing trouble and residual impairments following stroke.
The therapy area includes private consultation rooms as well as equipment to assist recovery. An adjacent Fitness Gym houses Cardiac Rehab and an open mirrored space for fitness classes. The Fitness Center is open 24/7 for public use and includes exercise machines to target arm, leg, and upper and lower body conditioning, as well as general fitness and strengthening. The Fitness Center is complete with showers, lockers and security.