Individuals who have been impaired by an injury or illness have a lot of questions and face an uncertain future.We want to help alleviate those fears and frustrations by providing a supportive, caring environment and always placing an emphasis on patient s abilities rather than disabilities. This positive approach to rehabilitation helps instill in patients the confidence they need for optimal recovery.
The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is a 20-bed facility and our primary purpose is to assist patients and their families with the transition from an acute hospital setting to home. Patients in our program have experienced accidents, stroke, neurological disorders, arthritis, and other impairments. When patients are referred to us, they are considered by their physicians to be medically stable and physically able to begin a comprehensive rehabilitation program consisting of at least three hours of therapy a day, five days a week. All therapy programs are modified to meet the individual s needs, as tolerance to therapy amounts varies.
Patients are encouraged to do as much for themselves as possible during their stay. Even when complete recovery does not occur, patients are taught skills that can help them make full use of returning abilities and maximize remaining abilities. Family members also learn how to provide positive reinforcement and take an active role in the rehabiliation process.
The Rehabilitation Process
The rehabilitation process is a combination of assessment, treatment, education, and follow-up. It focuses on the emotional as well as physical needs of the patient.
Upon admission, a comprehensive evaluation is completed on each patient, taking into consideration aspects of his/her medical history and lifestyle. An individualized treatment plan is developed based on the findings of the evaluation and the patient s personal goals.
Treatment may focus on ambulation, muscle strengthening and coordination, use of adaptive equipment, independent living skills, cognitive and communication skills, bowel and bladder management, and psychological adjustment.
Treatment plans are coordinated and managed by a group of health care professionals who are trained and experienced in rehabilitation medicine, which may include a rehabilitation physician; physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapists; rehabilitation nurses; and a social worker. The team meets at regular intervals to discuss each patient s progress and make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. The outcomes of these conferences are always shared with the patients. Patients know that each improvement they make will bring new goals for tomorrow, giving them hope for the future.
Education can help patients return to a productive lifestyle, protect themselves from re-injury, and make performing routine activities a little easier. Education may address joint protection, energy conservation, pain management, fall prevention, and other vital techniques.
Family members are also educated on their loved one s condition and how to assist him/her. They are taught how to access available community resources, services, and support groups.
Prior to discharge, the rehabilitation team will meet with the patient and family to make sure that the necessary support system is in place once the patient leaves and to problem solve any potential issues. Follow-up phone calls are placed to the patient after discharge to ensure his/her continued progress and to address any remaining needs.
What You Can Expect
You may be asked to participate in a series of evaluations at first. It is critical that we perform a complete assessment, because your treatment program will be based on the needs that are identified.We will tell you as much as we know about your condition and keep you informed on how we think you re progressing.
Most patients spend a minimum of three hours in therapy each day, at least five days a week. Therapy may take place in both individual and group treatment settings, and sessions will be scheduled for various times throughout the day.
We will want you to be as active as possible.Many of your meals will be served in the dining room. Because of this increased level of activity, you will naturally be somewhat tired. But this should improve as you gradually regain your strength.
You will receive a follow-up call about two weeks after discharge and again at three months to discuss your concerns and check on your progress.
As we said before, your program will be challenging. But you can expect our full support and encouragement. Your needs and goals are out top priority.
What We Need From You
We will need your complete attention and best efforts during all activities. A positive attitude is absolutely necessary to the success of your program. You may be asked to perform tasks in a new way, and you must be willing to accept new ideas. Please let us know your thoughts and feelings.
We encourage family members to be involved in your treatment by giving moral support and observing therapy sessions.We may ask to have a conference with your family to talk about your goals, the progress you ve made, and your plans for discharge.
A tempoary leave, or pass, may be granted prior to discharge in order to give you and your family an opportunity to practice new skills outside of the hospital.
What You Should Bring
You will need a week s supply of comfortable clothing:
- loose-fitting shirts or blouses
- loose-fitting pants or shorts
- sturdy, low heeled shoes or sneakers
- undergarments/socks nightgown or pajamas/robe
Remember to bring all necessary personal items such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, cosmetics, and toiletries.
Photographs and hobby items, such as books, puzzles, and needlepoint, can help you adjust to your new environment. It is best to leave valuables (cash, jewelry) at home. A washer and dryer are available for laundry.
The RehabCare Program accepts most major health insurance carriers, including Medicare. In some cases, payment may be available through workman s compensation. Detailed information is available upon request.
Patients can be referred and admitted from home, hospital, or other facility. A member of the rehabilitation team will perform a careful preadmission screening on every potential patient within four hours of the referral. This is to determine if the patient s specific condition may benefit from a comprehensive rehabilitation program. There is no charge for this evaluation. The Medical Director is responsible for authorizing a patient s admission to the program.
Referrals can be made by physicians, social workers, nurses, discharge planners, other health care providers, insurance providers, or the patient and/or family member directly.
The following guidelines may be helpful in determining the appropriateness of a patient referral:
- Disability is of recent impairment that limits functional ability.
- Patient has physical impairment that limits functional ability.
- Assistance is required in activities of daily living and/or the use of adaptive equipment.
- Medical complications have caused a dramatic decline in physical functioning.
- Intensive rehabilitation services are required and the patient has not previously been exposed to rehab or there has been a significant change in patient s condition.