Individualized treatment goals are set to bring each patient as close to his/her prior functioning level as possible. Each patient's care is directed by a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation
The overall goal of our program is to gain functional independence. This is accomplished with skilled rehabilitation interventions, training, and use of adaptive equipment and/or techniques.
Patients and families are taught prevention in order to minimize the chances of recurrence of the condition that led to the need for inpatient rehabilitation. For our patients that have had a stroke, we educate how to recognize the signs/symptoms of stroke and address risk factors that could lead to a recurrent stroke.
Our neuropsychologist, other clinicians and peer volunteers assist patients and their support system in learning techniques for coping and adapting to life after inpatient rehabilitation.
The Rehabilitation Institute has access to technologies available that assist an individual with the opportunity to be more independent.
Preparation for home
Our patients and their caregivers are provided with a self-care training program based upon principles of self-advocacy and self-direction. Patients, with or without their caregivers, are taught how to direct their care and what to do if emergencies arise. They are provided with opportunities to practice these skills during their stay which may include staying in our Transitional Living Suite. This apartment is located on the unit, with easy access to medical staff if needed, providing the opportunity to practice many of the personal care tasks that they have learned during their time in the rehabilitation program.
It is our goal to assist patients in resuming their life roles and reintegrating back into the community. Community integration skills are taught as part of therapy and activities relating to a patient's life roles simulated and practiced during the rehabilitation process
A Typical Day in Inpatient Rehab
The Rehabilitation Institute has a dedicated team of professionals who have completed special competency training in the treatment of persons undergoing inpatient rehabilitation, specifically for stroke, spinal cord injury, and amputation. Each individual's treatment team is made up of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses and a case manager, as well as neuropsychology services as appropriate. They work together with the patient and their family/caregiver to meet the unique physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of the patient.
Patients at The Rehabilitation Institute Inpatient Rehab Program are expected to participate in at least 3 hours of therapy per day, 5 days per week. On average, our patients participate in 3 to 4 hours of therapy each day Monday through Friday and a lesser amount of therapy on Saturday and Sunday. In certain special circumstances patients will not be required to participate in 3 hours of therapy per day, but these cases are rare. If a patient is too ill or unable to participate in this level of therapy due to medical complications, the patient may be discharged to a more appropriate level of care. This is not done immediately, as often times a patient can recover in one to two days and begin fully participating again.
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Dinner: 4:30 p.m.
Snacks are available between meals if requested. We have a centrally located dining area where we encourage all patients to eat their meals. Nurses will assist patients as needed. All physician and therapist orders, such as special diets or swallowing precautions, will be strictly enforced.
Bathing and Bed Linens
Showers are given every other day, usually between 4 p.m. and bedtime. Nurses can assist in giving a partial bath in the room on opposite days if desired.
Your bed will be straightened and made up for you each morning. During your stay, you can expect your bed linens to be changed twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday). Of course, soiled linens will be changed as needed.
There will be a short church service on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the dining area for those who wish to attend. Family and friends also are welcome to attend.