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  • Rehabilitation

    Wilshire at Lakewood Care Center partners with RehabCare, the nation’s premier provider of physical, occupational and speech-language rehabilitation services. RehabCare provides interdisciplinary therapy to more than 1,800 sites of service across the United States

    RehabCare clinicians are top-notch therapists who are passionate about what they do: helping people regain their lives. Dedicated to patient-centered care, RehabCare therapists work with Wilshire at Lakewood Care Center’s residents to reduce pain, restore mobility, increase fitness levels and improve speech.

    Physical Therapy

    Sometimes walking, going up stairs or getting in and out of bed can be a difficult task for residents who have back pain, are injured or recovering from surgery. Using the latest technology and modern techniques, our team of physical therapists can help you restore physical function, flexibility, strength and overall endurance. Our program may involve exercise, stretching, weight lifting or other methods to restore mobility and improve your overall quality of life. Our physical therapists focus on neuromuscular and skeletal dysfunction and customize a plan of care for each resident. Our occupational therapy team consists of one registered physical therapists and three licensed physical therapy assistants.

    Occupational Therapy

    Sometimes daily tasks such as dressing, eating, personal care, cooking, gardening, shopping or even balancing a checkbook can be difficult for those challenged by injury, illness, chronic conditions, or developmental disabilities. Through daily living assessments, exercise and assistive devices, our trained occupational therapists can help residents lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. Our occupational therapy team consists of two registered doctor occupational therapists and two licensed certified occupational therapy assistants.

    Speech-Language Therapy

    As people age, their vocal cords tend to lose elasticity and become thinner which can lead to speech issues. Additionally, strokes or other sudden conditions can cause problems with speech. Effects like vocal tremors, quieter voice, irregular speech patterns or even swallowing dysfunctions can be discouraging to individuals and lead to a lower sense of self-worth. Through simple exercises to improve speech patterns, our speech therapists can help residents regain confidence and independence by focusing on pronunciation and articulation. Our speech-language therapy team consists of two licensed master level speech-language pathologists and who are also all certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

    Restorative Therapy

    Adapting to the rigors of daily living when recovering from an injury or adjusting to a physical disability can be difficult. Our Restorative Therapists are dedicated to helping residents maintain the highest practical level of wellbeing. The Restorative Therapy program at Wilshire at Lakewood Center is provided as needed to residents under the direction of a physician’s orders and under the care of a licensed therapist. Our goal for each resident participating in the Restorative Therapy Program is as follows:

    • Appropriate or Proper Body Alignment
    • Proper positioning
    • Prevention of pressure sores
    • Prevention of contractures and deformities
    • Achievement of independence in activities of daily living
    • Assisting residents in adjusting to physical disabilities
    • Discharge planning
    • Moving back to the community

    Dr. Anthony Burgess is a physician specializing in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation known as a physiatrist. He has intensive training in musculoskeletal & neurologic conditions, therapeutics, pain management and rehabilitation. His goal is to decrease pain, improve quality of life, enhance performance and facilitate restoration of function.

    Physiatrists are physicians intensely involved in the rehabilitation process, following patients in skilled facilities as they recover from surgery, stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury.

    Dr. Burgess closely collaborates with physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology, the patient, and his or her family to develop a personalized plan of care.

    He attended medical school in the Cayman Islands at St. Matthew’s University – School of Medicine and did his clinical training at the Cleveland Clinic. Concurrently during medical school, he also completed his Masters of Health Care Administration.

    Dr. Burgess completed his residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago, IL.

    He attended Baylor University for his undergraduate studies and earned 3 Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology, Psychology and Chemistry.

    He was also a collegiate swimmer, cheerleader and water polo player and has competed on the national level.

    Prior to his academic career, he was employed as a welder constructing elevated water towers for 14 years.

    From his own injuries, volunteer work and clinical training, he has witnessed the unfortunate realities of impairment, disability and disease along with the pain of knowing the limitations of medicine. Since then he has been invested in helping people achieve optimum function and recover from similar experiences where dreams seem lost and rehabilitation can be daunting. His unique experiences have enabled him to realize that one must focus on ability before one can hope to overcome or adjust to disability.

    Dr. Burgess has a particular interest in regenerative medicine and is well trained in prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP), stem cells and nerve injections.

    For the past year, he has worked in private practice in the Minneapolis suburban area where he focused on regenerative medicine and non-surgical orthopedics.

    A native of Texas, he enjoys physical fitness, weight training, swimming, hiking, cooking and international travel. He now lives in Kansas City with his wife.

  • Skilled Nursing Services

    Our fully licensed and compassionate nursing staff is dedicated to meeting the day-to-day needs of our residents. We commit ourselves to helping residents achieve the highest level of physical and mental wellbeing possible, while treating them like members of our own family. Our goal is to always put residents first.

    IV Therapy

    Some residents may require some form of Intravenous (IV) Therapy as part of their daily treatment plan. Our skilled nurses will perform IV Therapy to ensure proper hydration, and to administer medications, which are absorbed faster by this method and achieve therapeutic levels faster at a lower dose.

    Hospice Care

    Specialized caregivers are ready to comfort families and residents during a terminal illness. Our compassionate team focuses on the comfort and dignity of the resident, while demonstrating emotional and spiritual support.

    Wound Management

    Our facility takes a holistic approach to wound prevention, management and healing. With interventions in nutrition, positioning, and skilled nursing care, prevention is the key. If there becomes a need for wound care, our highly trained Nurses utilize the wound care protocol designed specifically for our facility using the wound care products and equipment proven to provide positive results. With attention to detail, use of outside certified wound consultants, and strong daily nursing care, Wilshire has a significantly lower rate of acquired wounds, wound infections and non-healing wounds than the national and state averages. We have a Certified Wound Care Physican available weekly through Accelecare Wound Professionals.

  • Resident / Family Counseling

    Licensed counselors at Wilshire at Lakewood Center are available to provide counseling, support, comfort and guidance to residents and their families. Our trained counselors can identify and treat the problems that can interfere with a healthy and happy state of mind. Our therapists understand common issues related to aging, and can greatly assist in helping residents and loved ones work through difficult issues including:

    • Transitioning from home
    • Adjusting to new environments
    • Resolving family issues
    • Dealing with health changes
    • Improving relationships
  • Additional Services


    Our Dentist offers a full range of general, cosmetic and specialty dentistry service to maintain good oral health and keep residents smiling. Dentistry services include preventative and restorative, as well as teeth whitening, veneers, dentures and crowns.


    Foot problems can be caused by disease, injury or poorly fitting shoes. From arthritis and heel pain to hammertoes and wound care, our certified podiatrists use the latest medical technology to meet your foot health needs.


    Our optometrist provides comprehensive eye examinations and prescription eyewear for residents. This service includes thorough eye examinations, and a comprehensive analysis of ocular health and visual performance.


    Mental health is important to the well-being of each resident. Our Psychiatrist performs examinations and tests to evaluate mental health. A treatment plan is recommended based upon the results of the evaluation to help each resident to reach their optimal level of mental health.


    Counseling is offered to support residents to cope with mental distress in the healthiest way possible. Alternative measures of thinking and offered to encourage the appropriate coping mechanisms.