WESLACO – For the staff at Valley Rehab Center (VRC) at Valley Grande Manor, the month of April has more significance than just the arrival of spring.

“Here at Valley Rehab Center, we look forward to this month because it spotlights a key component to our successful rehabilitation program at VRC. April is recognized as National Occupational Therapy Month,” said Joe Longoria, Director of Rehab at VRC. The facility meets the outpatient needs of the community for a multidisciplinary approach addressing various types of physical and cognitive impairments. VRC also provides rehabilitation services for both the long-term and short-term residents at Valley Grande Manor (VGM) in Weslaco.

“The goal behind this national awareness and recognition campaign is to promote education to the healthcare community and public at large of what Occupational Therapy is and the important role the profession plays in rehabilitation and helping patients resume their everyday activities following an accident or illness.”

Valley Rehab Center has one of the most comprehensive occupational therapy centers in the area with a professional staff that works closely with the nursing staff.

“We’re a bit unique,” said Longoria. “Some of our patients were former residents of the skilled nursing facility during a short-term stay. Once discharged from the facility, they continue meeting their goals on an outpatient basis,” he adds. “It is very convenient for them because they are working with the same therapists so the treatments are seamless. By the same token, we also treat individuals that range in age from high school students to people in their 20s – 60s with various therapeutic needs.”

At Valley Grande Manor, OT therapists work closely with nursing staff to make sure the highest quality of care is given to patients.

“Basically, these healthcare professionals help a person regain functions that have meaning and purpose,” said Longoria. “OT is about helping individuals of various ages to engage life and participate in the things they want or need to do on a daily basis.”

Occupational Therapy professionals are also involved in schools where they help children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations. OT also helps people recover from injury and to regain skills, and in the role at VGM, to provide support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.”

Some of these activities include

  • Paying bills
  • Getting the mail
  • Home management activities
  • Hobbies and past times
  • Bathing
  • Wheel chair mobility
  • Cooking

“The objective is to help the patient achieve and regain the necessary improvements so they can reach the maximum level of independence,” added Longoria. “We work with them on improving their strength, endurance, balance, and fine-motor coordination.”


About Valley Grande Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Valley Grande Manor, which has approximately 175 employees, is a full-service nursing home that offers post-operative temporary rehabilitation and long-term nursing care. The on-site rehabilitation center provides speech, occupational and physical therapy to residents and outpatient clients. Valley Grande Manor is located at 1212 South Bridge Avenue. For more information, call (956) 968-2121.