For many people recovering from surgery or a severe injury, getting back to “normal” may seem overwhelming, even impossible. That’s especially true for older adults, who often have chronic conditions such as arthritis.
Everest Rehabilitation Hospital, which opened this summer in Longview, seeks to help them overcome these mountainous obstacles on their journey to recovery.
The old adage tells us that if the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.
This has been true for Temple area rehabilitation patients since the closure of Scott & White’s rehab center nearly a decade ago. Someone recovering from a spinal injury may have to travel to Round Rock, Waco or College Station for an in-patient rehabilitation program, which can put undue pressure on a family. Patients often traverse Interstate 35, the occupational therapy version of the Kongma La Pass, while they are still regaining the ability to walk, much less get in a car.
It seemed a lot of individuals were interested in Everest Rehabilitation Hospital opening its doors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon. From the lobby all the way back to the entrance was packed with people.