Specialized Services

Raising the Bar for Skilled Care

Berkshire Healthcare affiliates take pride in acquiring and maintaining specialized clinical capabilities to meet the needs of populations served. In partnership with other healthcare providers, BHCS affiliates develop protocols, training programs, and implementation strategies to simplify transition between care settings and achieve the best possible outcomes. Affiliates in turn work together to share proficiencies and best practices for overall success.

Some of Berkshire Healthcare’s specialized programs and services include:

Certified Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care

Our certified memory care programs offer specialized, supportive care in dedicated memory care neighborhoods for those living with memory loss and are certified as Alzheimer’s and dementia care units as designated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Affiliates with certified Alzheimer’s/dementia care units:

Steps to Strength® Short-term Rehab Programs

Our Steps to Strength short-term rehab programs offer a comfortable place to rebuild strength and take steps to recovery. Steps to Strength programs feature on-site professional rehabilitation therapies available seven days a week, state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment, dedicated dining room and living room, and enhanced amenities for the comforts of home.

Steps to Strength program:

Pulmonary Care

We help patients breathe easier with our specialized, comprehensive pulmonary care program. Respiratory therapists coordinate with nursing and rehabilitation staff to provide enhanced and advanced pulmonary care for patients who need continued management of respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, bronchitis, and post-acute respiratory failure. Complementary rehabilitation services are available up to seven days a week and are incorporated into personal care plans. Pulmonary care patients also receive disease-specific education, such as exercise, energy, and smoking cessation, for disease self-management and lifestyle modification.

Affiliates offering specialized pulmonary care:

Ventilator Program

Hillcrest Commons’ ventilator program offers advanced respiratory care with a dedicated ventilator unit led by a board-certified pulmonologist. The program focuses on increasing mobility and weaning ventilator dependence whenever possible. Respiratory therapists are available 24-hours a day, a nurse practitioner hospitalist is on the unit daily for medical interventions, and consultations are held regularly with Berkshire Medical Center pulmonologists. Speech therapy is offered bedside for swallow evaluations and communication strategies, with physical and occupational therapies provided to increase endurance and ability.

Ventilator program with advanced respiratory care:

Diabetes Management and Education

Our clinical staff provides the education and support patients need to manage their diabetes. Education includes protocols for proper testing and monitoring to achieve successful outcomes after transferring home.
Affiliates offering advanced diabetes management:

IV Infusion Therapies

Our enhanced clinical capabilities allow us to provide highly specialized care outside of a hospital setting. When needed, patients can receive IV hydration on site to reduce the need for hospitalization. Capabilities available at select affiliates may include IV antibiotics, administration of Milrinone, antiemetics, Solumedrol, Lasix, TPN, Heparin, Gancyclovir, and Dobutamine.

Milrinone Treatment

Select affiliate care teams experienced in continuous IV treatment have the clinical capabilities and competencies to provide continuous milrinone infusion treatment for individuals suffering from very advanced heart failure. The specialized training enables these affiliates to deliver high quality care in a sub-acute setting, providing patients more options for care in a lower cost setting. Patients also benefit from our affiliates’ rehabilitation and skilled nursing care capabilities.

These affiliates have Milrinone treatment capabilities:

Dedicated Orthopedic Recovery Rooms

For patients recovering from joint replacement or other orthopedic surgery, our dedicated orthopedic recovery rooms provide a peaceful, private space to recover and regain strength before returning home. Guests enjoy enhanced amenities, and professional rehabilitation therapies are available on-site seven days a week as prescribed.

Affiliates with dedicated orthopedic recovery rooms include:

VitalStim® Therapy

A proven treatment for dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), VitalStim uses small electrical currents to stimulate throat muscles. Our rehab therapists have achieved lasting results for many residents using VitalStim to help them retrain their muscles to improve swallowing.

These affiliates offer VitalStim therapy:

Behavioral Health Program

Our secure behavioral health unit treats adults of all ages living with chronic mental health conditions. Behavioral health services include medication stabilization and long-term residential care.

Specialized behavioral health program

Contact us to learn more about our specialized care services.