When you have chronic lung disease, exercise is an important part of your treatment. You may wonder how you can exercise without becoming short of breath. The answer is, you can’t. But this isn’t necessarily bad. Shortness of breath is a sign that you’re pushing yourself. And pushing yourself now means you’ll be able to do more in the future. The steps on this sheet will help you get started.
Setting the Standard in Comfort and Care
Brentwood Center for Health and Rehabilitation welcomes you, and thanks you for choosing our center for your healthcare needs. An exceptional community healthcare resource for many years, we exceed expectations in meeting the needs of individuals who require short-term rehabilitative care following hospitalization, or are in need of long-term skilled nursing care. Our staff of concerned and dedicated professionals is committed to helping everyone through providing support and guidance on a one-to-one basis.
Whether you join us for a brief stay or call us your home, we want you to feel as comfortable as you would amongst family, while receiving care such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. Brentwood Center for Health and Rehabilitation also provides a myriad of medical services including pulmonary rehabilitation, heart failure services for CHF, cardiac recovery, amputee rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and wound care management to name a few.
Brentwood Center for Health and Rehabilitation prides itself on our customer service and maintains a common commitment to the highest level of quality care, a focus on customer service and providing a nurturing environment for both patients and families.
Our center was also awarded Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Accreditation and was recognized as a top-performing organization in the United States by Providigm.
“I was at home outside with my dog and he saw something and went to chase after it. When I switched hands with his leash, he bolted and I ended up tripping. I went to Mercy Hospital and x-rays showed I broke my long arm bone (humerus) where it attaches to the shoulder. The orthopedist did not want to do surgery at that time and felt it should heal on its own. The hospital care manager recommend I go to Brentwood Center for Health & Rehabilitation since there were no beds available at centers closer to my home. The transition was smooth. I was nervous because I didn’t want to go to a nursing home but I learned after the fact that I was on their Passport Rehabilitation unit, separate from their long-term skilled nursing units. My stay has been pretty good. There isn’t a member of the nursing department that has been bad. All of the staff have gone through great orientation. Caring and compassionate. They all have some laughs and are thoughtful. The room was lovely. Paula from activities is a sweetheart. We have had more laughs and she helped with the boredom. I liked the jeopardy activity and frame making. I would recommend Brentwood Center for short term rehab. Three words to describe them would be caring, trusting, and very compassionate."
“I made an appointment to have surgery on my right knee. When I was done I was hoping to go to a SNF in Brunswick, close to my home. Come to find out there was no availability. I heard about Brentwood Center for Health & Rehabilitation through one of the case managers at MidCoast Hospital. I was in the hospital for 3 days. When I came to Brentwood Center, my room was nice, and I had everything I wanted in it. The nursing team was very good. I enjoyed the people that took care of me. CNAs are really good. They listen. Rehab was excellent: I mean excellent. My husband was shocked that I was going up and down the stairs so quickly after being admitted. I couldn’t do that two weeks prior. The dining experience/kitchen is very good. Today’s meal was delicious. Janet in Social Service was very good. I was kept up to date on my discharge plan. Kristen in admissions made coming here a very easy transition. If something happened to me in the future and I had to come back to a SNF, I would definitely come back to Brentwood! Three words to describe Brentwood would be: Efficient, Comfortable, and Excellence. Thank you for your kind services”
“After a hospitalization following surgery, I was in need of short-term rehabilitation. My sister did research online and recommended Brentwood Center. I love it, I love it, I love it! This place is my home. I felt so comfortable here. The thing I like the most is when I walk down the hall everybody stops and says ‘Hi June’ or ‘good morning.’ I felt safe here and everybody was so kind. There was a CNA that emptied my trash after I told her that housekeeping would get it, she told me ‘I will take care of it, you are under my umbrella.’ Everybody in the nursing department was fantastic and so nice. Call bell time was great, I may have had one or two longer waits but they did apologize profusely. The therapy team was wonderful! Shawn, Jessica, Robbie, and I get along great! I thought the housekeeping group was very good. The activities team was fun: we played bingo. Yesterday was special; we had a spa day and we went outside. Whenever I or the staff was in need of maintenance, Joe responded promptly and was so nice and friendly. When he sees me outside he says ‘Hi June.’ How many maintenance men know the residents? Three words to describe Brentwood: Friendly, Caring, Helpful.”
“My dad was in the hospital for a week and a half, following a back injury, and required short-term rehab. There were no openings in centers near my home, but the case manager at the hospital recommended Brentwood Center. The day he had to be discharged from the hospital, everything went so fast and I was apprehensive about traveling 20 minutes to see my dad. The initial impact that relieved my anxiety was meeting Patty and Jen from the nursing department at Brentwood Center. I fell in love with them. So personal. So exemplary to my father. Everyone treated him like an individual and not a number. They talked to him and listened to him. He really enjoyed the CNA, Lloyd and he liked Jen shuffling him in bed and stating ‘this isn’t my first rodeo,’ that made him laugh quite a bit.” I have noticed that he is not in pain like he was. He is transferring and ambulating now when he wasn’t able to when he first came to Brentwood Center. Mentally too, he is a lot better. He enjoyed the view out of the window in his room. He liked the fresh air with the window being open and listening to the birds outside. Kristen did a lovely job helping to transfer my dad from the hospital to Brentwood Center. The hospital thinks very highly of her and she even stated ‘I know you will be in good hands with her there.’ I would describe Brentwood Center as caring, compassionate and loving.”
“I was at home one day and passed out, broke my leg and was admitted to the hospital. I needed an operation on my leg wasn’t able to go directly home afterwards because I couldn’t walk. In-patient short-term rehabilitation was then recommended. My daughter recommended I go to Brentwood Center because she knew the Director of Admissions, Kristen Laurendeau. I couldn’t walk the first day I got here. I had to learn to walk all over again. Now, writing this the day before I leave, I can walk on both legs with a walker! I have had wonderful care here. I can’t rave enough about the place. It is neat and clean. There aren’t any odors like one might think. Everybody has treated me so wonderfully. When I ring the call bell, the response time is even good! My favorite thing to eat is ice cream and it pleased me to no end that they delivered it every night without me having to ask for it. Nursing staff – Wonderful. Nobody snapped at me, no one was rude, got me everything I needed and went above and beyond. Therapy – Nice. It was hard work. Therapist Shawn and Robbie are nice Housekeeping /Grounds – Neat and clean. No odors. They always asked to clean before coming in. I love my room. I love the view out the window and looking at the pretty flowers Activities – I love reading. They invited me to everything but I haven’t gone. Social Service – My discharge plan was talked about throughout my stay and they were honest and kept me informed. I would recommend Brentwood to anybody needing rehab. I have already spoken to my family and if I ever have to go back into a center Brentwood is my first and only choice."
"I came to Brentwood because I was recovering from a circulation problem that required surgery. I have been a missionary in Africa and have worked on various projects in many countries for over 25 years. I could barely walk and my sister made arrangements for me to come home and be admitted to Bridgton hospital for care and then Brentwood Center for short-term rehabilitation. The Brentwood Center nursing staff provided attentive and responsive care to both my physical and emotional needs. Each need was viewed as important. The medical staff was also sensitive to the need of making me comfortable and managing my pain. Both Physical and Occupational Therapy team members did their best and succeeded at making hard work pleasant and possible. The center itself was very clean. They came in everyday and at a time that was most convenient for the resident. All staff were able to answer my questions. They were knowledgeable about my medications and wound care. It is a family atmosphere. It has a “homey” feel. The staff is warm, friendly, accepting, patient, and respectful. I would recommend Brentwood to anyone that is looking for a concentrated and directed rehab to complete their healing."
“I came to Brentwood Center after a stay with New England Rehabilitation Hospital following a stroke. I had heard about Brentwood Center from Tuttle Rd Church. Therapy was great! Shawn and Robbie did a good job and of course Amy did a great job as well. She educated me and my wife on swallowing techniques and barium swallows. Before coming to Brentwood Center, I couldn’t swallow more than 2 mouthfuls because there was a bubble in my throat and I stopped eating. I was 110 pounds. Now that I am being discharged tomorrow, I can swallow! And I weigh 121 pounds!” Two things that I will tell people in the community about Brentwood Center is that it is very comfortable and there are lots of activities.”
I was pushing my walker at home and got caught on something and lost my balance and fell backward. Luckily I had a pendant around my neck to push for help. When the ambulance arrived I was on the ground with the walker on top of me and I had hit my head and had lots of scratches. I was admitted to Maine Medical Center on 3/16 and came to Brentwood Center a few days later for short term rehab. My friend Esther had stayed with Brentwood in the past for short-term rehab as well and recommended them. The food has been excellent for me! They worked me pretty hard in rehab and it did the trick. I am now able to walk comfortably again. Robbie played games with me in occupational therapy; we played ball, he had me pick up things on the ground. Because of my tendency of falling backward, Shawn in PT purposely startles me in therapy and I have re-learned how to control my balance and ways to move my feet so I won’t go backward anymore. The nursing staff (nurses and CNAs) was wonderful. All the girls were good to me and fun. And the housekeeping – I’ve never seen such clean rooms in my life, the bedding was great too. If anything goes wrong, maintenance was quick with fixing it, like my blinds.” I actually didn’t want to leave; I have been very happy here. I enjoyed this stay. The staff are all great, they know what they are doing and were always happy to help whenever I needed it. I would definitely recommend for everyone to go to Brentwood for a short term rehab stay!
I was at home I felt general weakness and chest pain. I was admitted to MidCoast Hospital in Brunswick for 16 days and was told I would need short-term rehabilitation. My daughter did a little research and told me to come to Brentwood for my rehabilitation, as Brentwood really has a great reputation. The staff is wonderful! Shawn and Rob from therapy were fantastic. Amy the speech therapist got me to write this well, we have a system now – thanks to her! I can see my speech and handwriting are improving daily. I feel so good that I can write things that someone can understand. Nursing bedside staff have treated me very well. They have been a tremendous help to me. The activities team came in everyday and encouraged me to participate in activities. Three statements to describe this place: -A great place for rehab -Staff is top notch -This place is so unbelievably different than other facilities: because of their incredible staff.
I couldn't believe what was happening to me: I had fallen down from a ladder and broke my pelvis and two vertebrae. I was able to crawl into the house, but I could not get up so my husband called 9-1-1 and I was taken to the trauma center at Maine Medical Center. Following my hospitalization and subsequent surgery, I went to the New England Rehab Hospital for three weeks, followed by Brentwood Center for Health & Rehabilitation for another three weeks. Brentwood Center was so convenient (right in Yarmouth) for my husband to visit me every day, but more importantly, the staff is great: they are caring, helpful, and patient. All of them are wonderful, really. CNA Jen was especially helpful with my brace. The CNA Kathy never saw a TLSO brace before and did it wonderfully. It was impressive! The rehab staff was nice. They were helpful. Shawn and Robbie were great. They motivated me. The private room was nice too. I would recommend Brentwood to my friends and family. The staff is so nice to everybody I feel good! I am ready to go home!