Acute Rehabilitation

Our Acute Rehabilitation teams work to maximize a patient’s function and independence. We offer a wide range of therapy services staffed by highly qualified professionals in many specialty areas, including: wound care, orthopedics, neurology, wheelchairs/adaptive technology, intensive care, burns, amputee care, oncology, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS), medical/surgery, cardiology.

Occupational therapy, with the expertise of occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants, assists people in developing skills for the “job of living” necessary to live independent and satisfying lives. Occupational therapy focuses on therapeutic use of self-care, work and recreational activities to increase independent function, enhance development, prevent disability and provide evaluation and rehabilitation for those disabled by pain, disease or injury. For inpatient settings, treatment occurs for patients who have orthopedic or neurological injuries, arthritis, mental health challenges, burns, vision or cognitive problems and acute or chronic illnesses. Occupational therapists will: evaluate a patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL); identify impairments including strength, range of motion, fine motor (hand) control and cognition that may interfere with a patient’s ability to perform ADL safely and independently; and design a customized treatment program that addresses patient’s impairments with goal to regain independence and function for ADL. Treatments may include: strengthening of upper extremities (arm and hand), neurological retraining, functional mobility training - moving on and off the toilet, into and out of bed, car, tub, shower or wheelchair, ADL retraining - including use of adaptive equipment and new skills to increase independence with tasks like bathing, dressing and meal preparation.

Speech language pathologists (SLP) help people with speaking, swallowing, cognitive difficulties and language. They perform evaluations and deliver speech therapy for disorders that affect a person’s speech, language, cognition, voice or swallowing. SLPs treat hospital patients who may have had stroke, brain injury, cognitive impairment, swallowing disorders and head/neck cancer. They also use special techniques and equipment to help with communication. SLPs evaluate patient’s swallowing, communication, cognition, speech and language based on  individual needs; identify issues including dysphagia (swallowing problems), memory loss and speech/language deficits that can affect both speaking and understanding of language; and design a treatment plan that addresses a patient’s impairments to help patient live a better quality life with greater safety and independence. Treatments may include: 

  • Techniques designed to improve speaking and understanding of language
  • Prognosis and recommendations for patients with cognitive (memory or thinking) problems and/or dysphagia (swallowing problems)
  • Communication technology and techniques for clients with tracheostomy, augmentative tools for patients who are unable to speak and tools for patients who have had a laryngectomy to help them produce sound
  • Providing clients with home programming
  • Advocacy for patient when quality of life decisions are being made
  • Education for patients, families and clinical team members about specific disorders and treatment plan and prognosis
  • Referrals to other specialists when needed
  • Pre-surgery counseling and communication with surgeon for patients with laryngectomies or other throat surgeries

Physical therapy, with the expertise of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, treats and prevents disability, relieves pain and helps individuals return to normal, functional activities. In a hospital setting, physical therapists work with patients who have fractures, joint replacements, back and neck injuries, burns, amputations, arthritis, neurological problems including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease or other acute and chronic illnesses. A physical therapist may evaluate strength, joint flexibility, body movement, balance, sensation, coordination and functional mobility; identify impairments that make movement and function difficult; and design an individualized treatment plan to help you reach your goals.  Treatment may include:

  • Strengthening
  • Endurance activities
  • Functional training: walking, standing up, moving in and out of bed, wheelchair use, moving from one surface to another, navigating curbs and stairs
  • Balance retraining
  • Neuromuscular retraining
  • Use of therapeutic modalities: electrical stimulation or ultrasound to decrease pain and increase performance
  • Home exercise programs
  • Safety education
  • Family and caregiver education, training
  • Wound care