Autumn Care promotes health, growth

May 15, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Brenda Cameron

Autumn Care, at 360 Old Balsam Road, in Waynesville, is dedicated to the promotion of health and growth for all residents, the staff, personnel and  people in the local community. Autumn Care is a 4-star skilled nursing facility that offers short-term rehab and long-term care, with 90 skilled care beds and 10 rest home beds, with private rooms available.  The facility is located in the Hazelwood area, approximately 30 miles from Asheville and 16 miles from Sylva.

Autumn Care is certified to accept all types of insurances including Medicare replacements plans and private pay, and provides care for patients with special needs such as bariatric beds, dialysis, hospice, patients with wound care and other skilled nursing needs. The staff is able to care for residents who have completed short-term rehabilitation, but still have long-term care needs.

The facility welcomed Amy G. Hughes as administrator for Autumn Care of Waynesville April 15. She has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne University and has been a nursing home administrator since 1986.  Hughes has more than years of experience with Autumn Corporation.

Autumn Rehab prides our facility with wonderful therapists that work specifically for this facility providing physical, occupational and speech therapies.  Rehab amenities include a 1,500-plus square foot gym, Omni cycle, shortwave diathermy, electrical stimulation, ultra sound, neurological re-education equipment and iontophoresis and phonophoresis therapies. Additionally, Vital-Stim® is an innovative form of electrical stimulation provided by its speech therapists and is the only facility in the county using  this type of rehabilitation for swallowing disorders.

The rehab department is directed Dr. Brenda Cameron, who oversees short and long term, as well as outpatient therapies.  Cameron received her undergraduate degree in business administration from The University of Minnesota and a master's of physical therapy from the University of Miami, and doctoral degree in physical therapy from Temple University.  She has resided in Haywood County for 17 years and has been employed at Autumn Care for seven years. Cameron is one of the few directors of rehabilitation in the area that holds a doctoral degree in physical therapy.

The Physical Therapy Department includes one full-time licensed physical therapist, two full-time and one part-time licensed physical therapy assistants.  The Occupational Therapy department includes one full-time licensed occupational therapist and two full-time licensed occupational therapy assistants.  The Speech Therapy Department includes two full-time licensed speech therapists.

Call Autumn Care of Waynesville at 456-7381 for a tour or to discuss loved one's needs.

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