The patient is the most important member of the team. A positive attitude about learning and developing new skills will help you reach your goals. So you may reach your full potential, we expect you to be an active player in your care. Please let us know if you have any questions or needs during your stay.
The support and involvement of family and friends is necessary. They will be active in patient care and plans from admission to discharge. Identified caregivers are encouraged to attend therapy with the patient for training and education.
Rehab Medicine Physicians
An experienced rehabilitation physician or physiatrist will oversee your care during your stay. A physiatrist is a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Rehab Medicine physicians have responsibility for managing your rehabilitation. They will diagnose and treat both routine medical problems and those related to your disability during your stay. Other doctors may be consulted as needed. We will also include your primary or specialist physician in care as needed throughout your stay.
Other Physician Specialists
We have access to some of the leading physicians in the country in a variety of specialties, including neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, pulmonology, oncology, nephrology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, internal medicine, and many more. Specialists will be consulted based on your individual needs.
Physical Therapy (PT)
Physical Therapists help improve your ability to move efficiently and safely in a variety of settings. They evaluate the need for assistive devices and wheelchairs if needed, but the focus will be on acquiring movement skills. T he physical therapist will treat coordination, alignment, posture, balance, joint mobility, pain, and strength. The goal of physical therapy is to help you become as independent and skilled in your mobility as possible.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational therapist evaluate and treat problems with movement skills as they relate to activities of daily life, self care, fine motor movements, perception, and hand-eye coordination. As you learn movement skills the occupational therapist will help you regain dressing, bathing, and grooming skills, along with eating, homemaking and other daily activities. They provide adaptive equipment if needed, however the focus will be on acquiring movement skills and independence. They also provide training in advanced living skills such as problem solving, judgment, community activities, and money management. A home evaluation may be made before discharge to make suggestions for home access and safety.
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)
Our speech-language pathologists provide a wide range of services and are experts in helping you overcome specific concerns:
- Cognitive aspects of communication: attention, memory, problem solving, and other thought processes, such as decision making and reasoning.
- Speech: clarity of speech and voice
- Language: understanding what is said and expressing what you want or need
The speech therapist will assess you to better understand your communication, cognition, and swallowing abilities. Then they’ll work with you on your treatment plan, give you education, and offer other follow up services to help you. They work on an individual basis, but also provide support and education to family members. If a hearing problem affects communication, a referral may be made to an Audiologist.
Our psychologists may give you cognitive assessments to check your ability to learn and understand. You and your family will also receive supportive psychotherapy to help you learn how to cope with your condition. We’ll work with you to design treatment plans and interventions that are specific to your condition. Some of the interventions may include:
- Neuropsychological assessment to see which area of the brain may have damage
- Strategies to help you relax and manage your pain
- Behavioral plans to help improve behaviors
- Adjustment counseling to help you with the changes in your life
- Support for your family and loved ones
When you reach the end of your treatment plan and are ready to progress to an outpatient program, we will give you referrals for continued treatment or assessment.
Social Work and Case Management
Our social workers and case managers provide emotional support and counseling for adjustment to disability. They also assist you with discharge plans, financial concerns, insurance needs, applying for benefits, and can link you with the appropriate community resources to facilitate a smooth transition to home. They are your advocates.
Nursing care is provided by nurses who have additional training in rehabilitation. In addition to the medical care they provide they will help you to practice the skills you learn in therapy and will teach you and your caregivers how to manage your healthcare needs. Upon admission — and daily — the nurse will discuss your plan of care with you. Upon discharge, the nurse will review any new medication, finalize teaching, and ensure you have everything in place before you leave our unit.
Other professional staff may be involved in your care. These individuals may include health unit coordinators (HUCs), dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, prosthetics/orthotics specialists and/or audiologists.