To help patients achieve the highest level of independence possible.
You, your family, and others you choose to help you, are the most important members of the rehabilitation team. Highly skilled professionals will work with you to help you get better, be able to do more for yourself, and understand your choices for treatment and discharge. Depending on your specific needs, your team may include:
The doctor will oversee your care and help plan rehabilitation through regular visits with you and other team members. A nurse practitioner will assist the doctor in caring for your medical needs. Your primary care doctor may or may not see you while you’re here but will be kept informed about your progress.
Your nurses (RN's) have special training in caring for people with disabilities. They will provide direct care, as well as teach you and your family about health and disease/disability, medications, skin care, nutrition, bowel and bladder control, and safety. They will also help you practice things you learn in therapy.
Your physical therapist (PT) will help you improve skills with balance, coordination, and strengthening as well as training to improve walking or using a wheelchair, getting in and out of a bed, chair, or car, and moving around without losing your balance. You and your family will be taught exercises to help you move or walk.
Your occupational therapist (OT) will provide activities, exercises and practice sessions to help you do things for yourself such as eating, dressing, grooming, using the bathroom, writing, or cooking. Your OT may teach you how to do things differently or to use helpful gadgets. Your family will be taught what to do to help you in your daily activities.
Your speech therapist will help you with language and communication skills, your ability to understand, to remember things, and to make good judgments. If you have difficulty with swallowing, your therapist may give you specific exercises or ways to practice swallowing safely. Your family will be trained in these same techniques.
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SPECIALIST
The therapeutic recreation specialist will help you return to activities that you enjoy such as playing cards, doing crafts, exercising, and to develop new interests.
The case manager serves as the care coordinator and patient advocate who works with you and your family, the therapy team, insurance company, and other agencies to help you get what you need here and after discharge. Referrals for or questions about guardianship, conservatorship, self help groups, and advocacy groups may be directed to the case manager at any time.