Parkinson Disease Program
Comprehensive and Holistic Care and Rehabilitation
Huntington's Disease Program
Fresh River Healthcare Center and UConn Health -- A Program Partnership
Behavioral Health Program - Secured Unit
NeuroGym Therapy and Rehab Equipment
Maintain and improve functional independence, strength, coordination and balance
Synchrony Dysphagia Treatment System
Using Virtual Reality to Visualize and Diagnose
Greater Hartford Memory Care Center
Compassionate care and support for those affected by cognitive decline and memory loss
Distinctive Dining and Dietary Services
Signature Food Service Experience
Touchpoints Therapy: Rehabilitation Services
Sub-Acute and Skilled Nursing Specialty Programs
Social Services and Discharge Planning
What is Dysphagia?
Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia includes difficulty starting a swallow (called oropharyngeal dysphagia) and the sensation of food being stuck in the neck or chest (called esophageal dysphagia).
How Does Synchrony Work?
Fresh River Healthcare is using the world’s first virtual reality sEMG biofeedback system called Synchrony in our Rehabilitation Department for our clients with dysphagia. This innovative rehabilitation technology is a program designed specifically for Speech Pathologist (SLP) to work with clients with a diagnosis of dysphagia.
The program allows the speech pathologist, as well as the client, to visualize the swallow activity on a television screen. The information on the screen then allows the patient and therapist to see the swallow to help guide the client through therapeutic exercises with a series interactive activities that addresses dysfunction typically associated with dysphagia.
Benefits of the Technology and Program
The benefits are visual and auditory feedback, promotion of greater exercise intensity, real time assessment of the swallow time and muscle activity as well as the ability to capture objective date to guide the treatment plan. This program can be used in conjunction with a proprietary non-invasive “Patterned Electric Neuromuscular Stimulation” (PENS) which may help to enhance muscle strength and coordination needed for normal swallowing. ACP’s Synchrony™ dysphagia program has shown to help achieve better outcomes for the treatment of dysphagia through their research and clinical outcomes.
We at Fresh River Healthcare are also seeing wonderful outcomes with our clients with various medical diagnosis that result in swallowing deficits. For more information, please call Fresh River Healthcare at (860) 623-9846.