Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, NJ
Mar 25

National Social Work Month

 From left to right: Maribel Torres, BSW, CSW; Jewel Hodge BSW, CSW; Dolores Abbott, Discharge Coordinator; Amy Schwartz, BSW, CSW; Lisa Sheridan BSW, CSW; and Abby Roessler, MSW, LCSW  



Every March is National Social Work Month, which is dedicated to educating the public about the social changes and improvements social workers have made—and will continue to make. This year is extra special because it marks the 60th anniversary of the National Association of Social Workers being founded in October of 1955. The NASW is the largest social worker’s organization in the world. Its members focus on professional growth, professional standards and finding sound social policies.


Social workers are advocates for positive change in society. They address the needs of individuals and communities who lack the resources or ability to overcome their social struggles. They help those in need receive community resources as well as providing counseling and support.


Bacharach social workers work hard to improve the lives of patients, loved ones and those who need support. Abby Roessler, MSW, LCSW, Director of Social Work at Bacharach, said, “We have a myriad of services and responsibilities and do many different things, such as serve as the liaison between the family and therapy team and help our patients get the support they need when they are ready to go home. We really are the resource that people go to when they don’t have an answer – we know where to find it!”


Thank you to all social workers for working tirelessly to improve persistent social problems and assisting individuals in receiving resources to improve their quality of life. 

Mar 19

Brain Awareness Week: March 16-22

The brain is important for much more than thinking. It controls everything your body can do—from mobility to emotions to breathing. Injury or damage to any one area of the brain can result in a number of problems, which is why it is so important to protect your brain.


According to the Brain Injury Association of America, there are more than 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury disability. A mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a person loses consciousness for less than 30 minutes and can cause cognitive issues such as headaches, memory problems, difficulty thinking and mood swings.


With a severe TBI, long-term rehabilitation is necessary. Consciousness is lost for more than 30 minutes and sufferers can have limited functionality of limbs, abnormal speech, an inability to think properly and emotional issues. Both forms of TBIs change brain function, which can affect the ability to have social interactions, jobs and relationships.


Bacharach offers a comprehensive Brain Injury Program with 24-hour inpatient rehab nursing services in a specialized setting. The program has specialized services based around each individual’s brain injury and treatment needs. Bacharach’s treatment team helps brain injury survivors increase cognitive and physical functioning from the acute recovery phase through community re-entry.


Remember, prevention is key to avoid brain injury. While not all injuries can be prevented, you can minimize damage to your brain with proper protection. Follow these tips to avoid damage to your brain:

·         Always wear a seatbelt.

·         Wear a helmet.

·         Never drive impaired.

·         Remove slip hazards from homes.


If you or someone you know is interested in Bacharach’s Brain Injury Program, please call (609) 652-7000.

Mar 18

Listen Up: Coffee, Danish and Better Hearing

Listen Up: Coffee, Danish and Better Hearing

Have you noticed a difficulty hearing in noisy environments like restaurants, theaters or in crowds? You’re not alone.


According to the Better Hearing Institute, 3 in 10 people over age 60 have some form of hearing loss, but hearing loss affects all ages. More than 65 percent of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65, and there are more than six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss.


Join Janet Revelle, Au.D., the director of audiology at Bacharach, as she offers a community program on hearing health on Thursday, March 26 at 9 a.m. in the Bacharach dining room.

Attendees will enjoy coffee and Danish as Dr. Revelle (right) explains the benefits of a comprehensive hearing evaluation, which is almost always covered by insurance. This thorough test establishes a baseline to compare with over time. She will also note recent studies that depict a link between unaddressed hearing loss in seniors with depression, social withdrawal and even Alzheimer’s disease.


The technology behind hearing instruments is evolving with incredible speed. Today’s instruments are digital, unobtrusive and can even stream your iPhone, your Bluetooth device, and your television.


To reserve a seat at the program, call 609-748-5370.

Mar 12

Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services offers Arthritis Pool Grants

Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services offers Arthritis Pool Grants

Bacharach is entering its ninth year of partnering with the Atlantic County Department of Intergenerational Services to offer an Arthritis Pool Program to Atlantic County Seniors.  The water based wellness program is one of many coordinated through Atlantic County designed to keep Atlantic County Seniors active, engaged and living safely at home as long as possible.

Anyone with a diagnosis of arthritis is welcome to join the program at a cost of $10 per session.


In the interest of making this program accessible to all qualifying seniors, the County will pay for 10 classes for any individual who

1.       Resides in Atlantic County

2.       Is age 60 or older

3.       Meets some financial criteria, such as qualifying for the PAAD program or                  Medicaid

4.       Is considered frail or vulnerable


This grant has enabled countless Atlantic County Seniors to experience the benefits of therapy in a heated pool.  Arthritis sufferers report increased range of motion and mobility, a decrease in pain and stiffness, and an overall feeling of wellbeing after their aquatic exercise.

In addition to the benefits of the class itself, many participants meet and socialize at lunch together prior to the exercise program, forging friendships and extending the value of the grant many fold.


“This program helps relieve my arthritis pain,” said one participant. “I love this program!  I always finish my day with more energy – strength and wellbeing!” said another.  Said a third, “This pool is truly a blessing.”


Anyone interested in learning more or wishing to get an application may call 609-748-5250.

The classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 at Bacharach’s Main Campus in Pomona.

Mar 12

Dr. Xu Returns to Bacharach

We are pleased to announce that Wei Xu, M.D., a physiatrist specializing in musculoskeletal disorders, chronic pain, and management of neuromuscular disorders, has returned to Bacharach.   Dr. Xu (below) attended medical school and began his career in China where he served as a resident, attending physician and assistant medical director in the department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine at Changhai Hospital in Shanghai.


Providing evaluation, diagnosis and treatment options and recommendations, Dr. Xu specializes in electrodiagnostic testing for neuromuscular disorders as well as treatment for pain conditions such as muscle pain, joint pain, neck and back pain, and tendon/ligament issues. 


Dr. Xu shared, “I believe in a multidisciplinary approach including physical therapy, exercise, acupuncture, ultrasound guided interventional procedures, and medications when necessary.   Most patients I see have a pain condition that is treatable with a non-narcotics approach including physical therapy, exercise, massage and rarely interventional procedures.”  Dr. Xu tries to seek a balanced plan for chronic pain conditions, including psychological support when indicated.  He explained, “Chronic pain is a condition that needs to be dealt with through a variety of methods.” 


Dr. Xu is happy to be back at Bacharach. He said, “I am looking forward to continuing to do what I love – taking care of patients and making them better.”  He continued, “Bacharach offers a wide range of treatment options including occupational, physical and speech therapy, nutritional consult, psychological support. We are very experienced with electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS).  We help our patients throughout the entire process from evaluation to treatment and follow-up. Our goal is to help patients to regain function and return to society so they can enjoy life”


Welcome back, Dr. Xu.

Mar 12

Hammonton Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Bacharach celebrated the grand opening of our newest satellite facility in Hammonton on Friday, March 6. The ribbon cutting ceremony included tours of the facility, which offers a full range of physical therapy treatment options including neurological and orthopedic care as well as a joint day rehabilitation program, an intensive five-day, outpatient post-surgery program for hip and knee replacement patients. Hammonton Mayor Steve DiDonato; Richard J. Kathrins, Ph.D., president and CEO; and Philip J. Perskie, Esq., chairman, Bacharach Board of Governors were in attendance at the opening event.


Joyce Glick, PT, MHS, vice president of ambulatory services for Bacharach explained, “There was a need in the Hammonton area for outpatient rehabilitation services, and we are pleased that this new facility will be able to meet that need.  Now local residents can obtain the services they need closer to home.”


The new clinical director of the facility, Lauren Houck, PT (left), joins the Hammonton Center after serving as clinical director at Bacharach’s Manahawkin facility. “I'm excited to be a part of bringing Bacharach to the Hammonton area. We offer treatment for a variety of diagnoses, including orthopedics and neurological disorders,” says Lauren. “I'm especially enthusiastic about our day rehab program, which offers a great way to recuperate following joint replacement surgery.”


A licensed physical therapist, Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland and her master’s in physical therapy Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Lauren, an Egg Harbor Township resident, was recently profiled about her role at our new Hammonton Center in the Press of Atlantic City. Read the article here.


Bacharach Day Rehab programs provide transportation for eligible patients and can be set up, if their surgeon is in agreement, in advance of their surgery. For more information contact, 609-481-2693.

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