The Bariatric Wellness Program at Brookhaven Rehabilitation and Health Care Center supports the theory that morbid obesity is a chronic disease. Keeping this in mind the program has been designed to assist overweight residents in achieving their goal of weight loss,. rehabilitation, and eventual return to independent living in the community.
The Wellness Program has developed a treatment model which is an interdisciplinary centered approach with a common goal of lifestyle change and functional independence.
Each resident is required to actively participate in their plan of care which is structured around
education to learn lifestyle change in order to achieve weight loss in a way that facilitates long term results, as well as to maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.
A multi-disciplinary team of specialists in nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, medicine} and nursing coordinate efforts to provide the residents with individualized
intensive physical and occupational therapy
to assist in activities of daily life,
strengthening techniques, ambulation,
balance, climbing steps and transfer
training. Our goal is to assist
residents in becoming as mobile as possible,
to regain independence and enjoy a more
fulfilling life when they return to the
Residents often enter
our program with multiple medical problems
common among obese persons. Diagnoses
may include: cardiovascular disease such as
congestive heart failure or stroke,
diabetes, hypertension, cellulitis,
lymphodema, or osteoarthritis.
We understand that one
of those most painful aspects of obesity is
the emotional suffering it causes the
residents and their families. We place
a strong emphasis on individual, group and
family counseling to assist residents in
their recovery by building self-esteem and
confidence to overcome embarrassment,
frustration, loneliness, isolation, and
in some form of daily psychotherapy with our
full-time social works. These valuable
methods of communication, validation,
camaraderie and support provide residents
with the tools they need to return home with
strength, determination and the goal of
maintaining a healthy, productive life.
Weekly "community meetings" encourage
continued communication between participants
and staff who meet to discuss the program.
An Essential Ingredient for Successful
dietitians create and plan healthy menus,
teach residents the dynamics of good
nutrition, label analysis and the importance
of a healthy diet. Cooking classes
offer a hands-on opportunity to learn the
proper techniques of healthy cooking, and
avoiding rich and unhealthy foods.
Exercising Mind and
A major focus of our
rehabilitation program is to introduce
exercise as an enjoyable and critical part
of everyday life for residents as they move
toward a healthier lifestyle. The
exercise program seeks to increase energy
level, decrease appetite, preserve muscle
mass during weight loss, reduce body fat,
increase flexibility, improve motor
coordination and promote ambulation and
Our daily recreation
program, which includes evening activities,
provides a wide range of activities
including computer access and Internet
classes, movies, exercise groups, happy hour
and entertainment to promote recovery.
Recovery. Return to Home.
Discharge planning is
an integral part of the rehabilitation
process. Our staff works with
residents to coordinate home care, order
necessary equipment and assess the home
environment to make the transition home as
safe and successful as possible.
Here's What Patients Say About Our
"This program has helped me
more than anyone could have ever dreamed of,
and I see a future for the first time in a
"I'm losing weight, I came in
at 365 lbs. I'm 314 now, and I'm doing well.
I can now stand and soon I'll be walking
"Being in the program has taught
me to read labels and to know the difference
between eating disorders and bad eating
habits, therefore being able to just say no
to foods and snacks that are bad for me."
"This program is really working for me. The
people are wonderful, loving, and friendly."
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Brookhaven Rehabilitation & Health Care
250 Beach 17th Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691