Cedars at Traceway now offers rehab

TUPELO – Cedars Health Center has officially opened a new chapter on the Traceway Retirement Community in west Tupelo.
The nursing home once kept more than 100 elders before the Green Houses opened, creating a home-like atmosphere for those who needed long-term care.
The Traceway community celebrated the Cedar’s new life as a short-stay rehabilitation center with a ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon.
“We want them to come get the therapy they need and go back home,” said Alan Brown, chief operations officer for Mississippi Methodist Senior Services, Traceway’s parent organizations.
The Cedars dining room is now a spacious rehab gym with space for physical, occupational and speech therapy. The former activities room is now a cafeteria.
Twenty-four of the 28 rooms – located primarily in the center’s Gordon Houston wing – are private.
“That’s very unusual for a short-stay rehab center,” Brown said.
Most of the short-stay rehab patients have been in the hospital because of injury, illness or surgery.
“During their stay, we focus on improving their strength and endurance and restoring them to their prior level of function,” said Alisha Comer, lead therapist.
If the patients can’t achieve that prior level of function, they focus on strategies for compensation.
“We have a good success rate of returning people home,” said Jerry South, executive director for Traceway Retirement Community.
The center also provides outpatient therapy for people who live across the Traceway campus in the independent living cottages and manor or assisted living center. Eventually plans call for the outpatient services to be available to the public beyond the campus, Brown said.
“Traceway is unique because it provides a continuum of care,” South said. “It really meets a need.”

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