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06/04/2014
By: txfamous
Park Highland Nursing Center
My grandmother has been to rehab on three separate occasions over the last 2 years. Our first two nursing home experiences were "okay", but "okay" is not good enough when it comes to my grandmother. When it was determined that she would need rehab again, her doctor recommended Park Highland. When I went to tour the facility I initially was reluctant because from the street I could tell the building was well maintained, but it clearly was not a new building. However, when I toured my initial opinion of the building was not an issue because of what I witnessed inside. No, the building is not new, but it is clean and well maintained. After I toured we decided to try Park Highlands. I will tell you in regards to my grandmother's healthcare this was the best decision we ever made as a family. During her stay I witnessed care that is second to none. The therapy she received was excellent. Her stay at Park Highland was shorter than her previous rehab stays at 2 other nursing homes. Additionally, her results allowed her to be stronger and more independent than she was 2 years ago. She is now living independently at home. I highly recommend Park Highland based on the quality care and excellent outcome I witnessed during my grandmother's rehab stay.
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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