Rehabilitation & Wellness Center
The Shook Home, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), has been serving the elders of Greater Chambersburg since 1918. As a CCRC, the Shook Home provides Skilled Nursing, Personal Care, and Residential Living in a relaxed atmosphere located near retailers, eateries, physicians’ offices and medical centers.
Despite the array of services the Shook Home offers, it continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the community. The Shook Home Board of Directors continually engages in strategic planning to ensure the facility is always positioned to optimally serve the community in which it operates. In an era of fiscal austerity, there has been a shift away from long-term custodial care to home-based care and services. As a result, the need for short-term rehabilitation services (e.g. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy) offered by post-acute care providers has increased. The goal of these services is to prepare individuals to return home after a hospital stay for acute illnesses, traumatic injuries, or elective surgeries. It is an invaluable service that fills the void in the continuum between acute care and home based care and services.
In order to meet this increased need, the Shook Home erected a new Rehabilitation & Wellness Center on two acquired parcels of property contiguous with its campus. The front of the new building faces Burkhart Avenue. A covered drop off/pick up zone is designated immediately off of Burkhart Avenue with client parking to the rear.
The 12,000 square foot Rehabilitation & Wellness Center stands three stories tall. Consequently, it enables the therapists to treat a higher volume of residents in an enhanced therapeutic environment. It also provides a venue for new service lines (such as out-patient physical, occupational, and speech therapies as well as aquatic therapy). The breakout of each floor’s utilization is as follows:
- Ground Floor: The ground floor contains a therapy gym for in-patient, short-term rehab residents. The ground floor also contains an aquatic therapy pool (for both in-patients and out-patients).
- First Floor: The first floor contains a therapy gym for out-patient rehab clients.
- Second Floor: The second floor contains six large private resident rooms for in-patient short-term rehabilitation residents.
The Shook Home broke ground for the project in August 2016 and opened its doors to the public in October 2017. Brechbill & Helman Construction Company, Inc., was the General Contractor, Newcomer Associates was the architectural firm, and Dennis Black Engineering, Inc., was the Civil Engineering firm. The services being offered by the center will not only benefit the Shook Home’s existing residents, but the citizens of Chambersburg and Franklin County as a whole. The new building is also designed to lend itself to future expansion thereby enabling the Shook Home to meet the changing needs of those they serve well into the future.