In a rehabilitation setting, all therapies are interrelated. Physicians, therapists, rehabilitation nurses and all other hospital staff realize the importance of working with the patient and the family as a whole and not as fragmented parts. When therapists practice their particular expertise during treatment, they reinforce goals established by other therapists to achieve true rehabilitation.
- Occupational Therapy: Occupational therapists teach patients how to be independent with self-care and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) skills such as bathing, dressing, eating and food preparation. They also work on cognitive (thought) rehab and visual perceptual skills that interfere with advanced ADLs such as managing money, returning to work or being safe at home. They work toward developing or redeveloping the maximum possible use of patients’ arms, hands, fingers and may recommend special splints or casts.
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapists assist patients with mobility, walking, teaching wheelchair transfer techniques and conducting orthotic and prosthetic device evaluation and training. In a fully equipped gym, therapists use a combination of specialized equipment and one-on-one assistance to enable patients to become confident with balance, strength and endurance that are required for mobility. They may also use special techniques to reduce pain, improve wound healing and maximize range of motion.
- Rehabilitation Nursing: In addition to routine nursing duties, rehabilitation nurses specialize in teaching patients and families how to manage health care concerns post discharge. Our nurses are focused on improving the patient’s ability to care for themselves and understand the delicate balance of providing empathetic nursing care while encouraging the patient to be independent.
- Speech-Language Pathology: Speech-language pathology is responsible for evaluating and providing functional communication for patients who have communication disorders. The speech-language therapists provide basic cognitive retraining to assure functional independence with all decision-making, reasoning skills and improvements of memory as well as oral motor strengthening, swallowing evaluation/retraining, written expression and use of special communication devices.
- Therapeutic Recreation: Therapeutic recreation professionals work closely with other rehabilitation professionals to help patients visualize and adapt to recreation and social activities that were a part of their active lifestyle before illness or accident. Therapeutic Recreation also provides opportunities to focus on activities as part of their therapy to facilitate recovery. Community outings are arranged to practice new skills.
- Psychiatric Services: Members from the psychiatry service evaluate the cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems that may result from illness or injury. Behavioral management strategies and other interventions with the patient and family are designed to maximize treatment gains and ease the transition back into the community.
- Respiratory Therapy: Rehabilitation patients may have respiratory muscle weakness, or may be more susceptible to respiratory difficulties. Therapists help to strengthen muscles, clear congestion, improve and aid in ventilation and help to prevent further respiratory problems.