Rehabilitation experts from many different disciplines come together to form the patients treatment team. At St. Joseph we offer the following services:
A physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) serves as the primary physician during the patient's stay. This physician leads the treatment team and directs the personalized rehabilitation program. Physiatry provides integrated care in the treatment of neurologic and musculoskeletal disabilities. The focus of this specialty is on the restoration of function. To learn more about this specialty go to www.aapmr.org
The rehabilitation nurse provides care that supports your medical needs as well as promoting functional return. A rehabilitation nurse has specialized experience in caring for patients that need intense rehab services and can incorporate the carry-over of therapy techniques in their care. At the St. Joseph Rehab Unit we have nurses on the day shift and night shift that have earned the CRRN (Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse) certification and have proven their expertise in the rehab care setting.
Case Manager/Social Worker
Each patient has a case manager assigned to them upon admission which coordinates their care plan and prepares the patient and family for discharge. Your case manager will provide updates to you and your family during your stay as well as arrange a meeting for you with your treatment team to discuss your progress and discharge plans. When you are ready for the transition home your case manager will arrange for any equipment and continued therapy services that you will need.
Occupational therapy specializes in promoting independence in your daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and household activities. Each patient will receive occupational therapy services with goals to gain maximum independence in their daily living skills. Occupational therapy will also focus on skills to return to community and leisure activities that the patient enjoys.
Physical therapy specializes in promoting independence in mobility. Each patient will receive physical therapy services with the goals of improving overall strength and focus on skills such as getting in and out of bed, walking, propelling a wheelchair, and managing stairs. The physical therapist can also evaluate for and recommend any necessary orthotic or prosthetic devices to assist or improve mobility.
Speech therapy specializes in treating swallowing and communication problems. Patients are provided with speech therapy on an as needed basis. Speech therapy services can be of great benefit to patients with difficulty in the areas of decision-making, memory, problem solving and decreased ability to communicate verbally. The speech therapist can also perform specialized testing and treatment for patients who have suffered an injury or illness that has affected their ability to swallow regular consistency foods. To learn more about speech therapy, click here.
Respiratory therapy provides specialized treatment for patients who have difficulty with their daily activities due to decreased activity tolerance related pulmonary impairment. Your respiratory therapist will monitor your oxygen levels and make recommendations for oxygen therapy, breathing techniques, medications or other interventions. Patient education is also a strong focus of respiratory treatments.
A registered dietician can evaluate the patient's nutritional status and make recommendations for diet changes to promote recovery and an ongoing healthy lifestyle. The dietician will also provide education for patients and families on diet-related health issues such as diabetes, cardiac diet recommendations and low sodium diets as needed.