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Fresh River Healthcare and UConn Health

Huntington Disease Program Partnership

Click here for Fresh River Healthcare Center’s Huntington’s Disease Program Brochure

Fresh River Healthcare is honored to be chosen as the first skilled nursing facility to partner with the UConn Health Huntington’s Disease (HD) Program.

Through a collaborative agreement between Fresh River and the UConn Health HD Program, our staff works with specialists to develop expertise in caring for the long-term care needs of this distinct group of individuals.

Fresh River Healthcare Center and UConn Health’s partnership will enhance the care of patients with this disease. The goal of the collaboration is to deliver a continuum of care that strives to maximize function and quality of life for individuals living with Huntington’s Disease.

Click here for an Overview of Huntington’s Disease

Program Overview - What We Provide

  • UConn Health APRN assessment of patient with HD in the facility
  • Personalized Nursing Care Plans
  • Physiatrist services
  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Social Work Services
  • Dietitian Services
  • Respite care for Caregivers
  • Huntington’s Disease Specific Staff Education
  • Specialized Adaptive Equipment

Fresh River Healthcare Center and UConn Health’s partnership will enhance the care of patients with this disease. The goal of the collaboration is to deliver a continuum of care that strives to maximize function and quality of life for individuals afflicted with this disease.

Cutting Edge NeuroGym Equipment and Program 

With the assistance of the right circumstance, such as equipment and training, the brain has an amazing ability to re-learn lost motor skills. Recognizing this and the importance of maintaining physical abilities as we age, Fresh River has invested in an active restorative program and equipment known as NeuroGym.

For many residents of a skilled nursing facility, an important outcome of their short term rehab stay is to gain functional independence by regaining strength, coordination and motor abilities such as dynamic balance and improved gait. The NeuroGym physical activation program is overseen by the highly trained Rehabilitation Team. 

After assessing each resident’s functional level, the Rehabilitation Team works with the resident to achieve improvements in function such as the ability to transition from sitting to standing. The NeuroGym machine for this purpose is known as the Sit-to-Stand Trainer and has clinical applications for patients with Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Partial Spinal Cord Injury, Hip and Knee Replacement, loss of standing ability and other diagnoses. It is highly effective in maintaining and improving lower extremity strength, thus contributing to steadier mobility and stability.

The Bungee Mobility Trainer improves mobility, stability and the ability we bear weight and can be used for retraining of gait in a safe environment – especially for the re-development of protective steps and reactions. Its clinical applications are similar to the Sit-to-Stand but also improve functional status for those with multiple sclerosis, multiple falls and Parkinson’s Disease.

The NeuroGym equipment and physical activation program will be available to those same residents and outpatients and will work as part of a holistic therapy and treatment program.

Program News

Learn More about our collaborative Huntington’s Disease program with UConn Health

Fresh River a Leader in Use of medication AUSTEDO in the Treatment of Patients with Huntington’s Disease

Journal Article on the Use of Austedo in the Long Term Care Setting

Resources

Click here for the Huntington Disease Society of America’s Family Guide Series to determining the need for long term care and how to evaluate a Huntington’s Disease program with the long term skilled nursing setting. Evaluate Fresh River Healthcare and see how we compare. 

According to the Huntington Disease Society of America Support Group Newsletter, “There comes a time when one person managing the care, the children, the home, a full time work schedule, with little sleep and no relief in sight will build resentment toward their loved one. Questions that may arise can include, “Is this what I really signed up for?” and “When do I get time for myself?”

“These are natural human reactions in an overwhelming situation. Managing your own feelings of sadness, fear, loss, guilt and confusion can become impossible. Most families deeply regret placing their loved one in a long term care facility but they ultimately admit it was the best thing to do given the circumstances. There are a few long term care facilities around the country that specialize in HD. As these organizations are knowledgeable and familiar with taking care of people with HD, these sites provide an excellent starting point.” 

Contact Us

You can always turn to us for more information and assistance with placement for a loved one with Huntington’s Disease. To speak with the Program Director please call (860) 623-9846. 

For more information regarding insurance eligibility or to book a stay at Fresh River Healthcare please call (860) 812-0788.