The Rehabilitation Process
The rehabilitation process is a
combination of pre-screening, assessment, treatment, education and
follow-up care. It focuses on the emotional as well as the physical
needs of the patient and family.
- Pre-Admission Screening -
Patients can be admitted to the rehabilitation program from home, a
hospital or other type of facility. Every potential patient is screened
by a member of the rehabilitation team to determine if his or her
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.
- Upon admission, each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation that
takes into consideration his or her medical history and lifestyle. The
results of this evaluation, along with the patient's personal goals, are
used to create an individual treatment plan. The treatment team meets
at regular intervals to discuss each patient's progress and to make
necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
- Treatment -
Treatment may focus on ambulation, muscle strengthening and
coordination, use of adaptive equipment, independent living skills,
cognitive and communicative skills, bowel and bladder management and
- Education - Education is incorporated
into every patient's treatment plan. Areas commonly addressed include
joint protection, fall prevention, pain management and other vital
techniques. An evaluation of the patient's home is available to identify
potential risks. Family members are also educated on ways they can
assist with their loved one's care and how to access community resources
and support groups.
- Follow-up - Prior to discharge, the
rehabilitation team will meet with the patient and family to make sure
that the necessary support system will be in place once the patient
leaves and to resolve any potential issues. Patients receive follow-up
phone calls after discharge to ensure that they are progressing with
their recovery and to address any remaining needs.