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Your Treatment Team

Rehabilitation Medicine Physician

  • Specializes in rehabilitation medicine
  • Treats a wide range for problems from acute pain to serious disorders that result in severe functional limitations
  • Diagnoses conditions that may cause pain, weakness, numbness or paralysis. The goal is to restore function when medically possible
  • Responsible for your overall medical care and coordination of your therapies
  • Keeps your primary physician informed of your progress and discharge status.

Rehabilitation Case Manager

  • Coordinates communication among the rehabilitation team, you and your family. Will meet with your and your family to explain the program and keep you informed.
  • Can assist you with insurance benefits and will obtain necessary authorizations for the rehabilitation services at the time of admission.
  • Will help you identify appropriate community resources and help plan for your discharge.

Rehabilitation Nurse

  • Develops a patient plan of care to assure a 24 hour therapeutic environment allowing you to practice what you have learned in other therapies.
  • Is assisted by other nursing staff including certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses and nursing students.
  • Helps you to understand your medical conditions and to educate you to your diagnosis
  • Helps with healthcare management in areas such as medication administration, bowel, bladder and skin management.
  • Works closely with the rehab medicine physician to monitor your recovery process, including controlling your pain if needed.

Physical Therapist

  • Evaluates you and provides treatment to improve your mobility and physical function. Treatment may include exercises to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. Training may involve a variety of mobility skills (for example, using a wheelchair, walking or stair climbing).
  • Works closely with other rehabilitation staff so that gains you make in therapy are incorporated into your daily activities.

Occupational Therapist

  • Evaluates and treats your ability to perform activities of daily living. The goal is to help you regain independence in tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, home management, working, driving and using leisure time.
  • Treatment may include
    • Coordination and strengthening exercises
    • Visual- scanning tasks
    • Cognitive activities
    • Self-care activities
  • Slings, splints and other adaptive equipment may be used.

Speech Therapist

  • Evaluates and treats problems with speech, language or thinking skills. The goal is to improve your ability to communicate, organize and complete daily activities, solve everyday problems and gain independence.
  • Evaluation and treatment may also be focused on the ability to safely chew and swallow food. The speech therapist will work closely with the interdisciplinary team to recommend the safest foods for the patient to eat and educate the patient and family on strategies to use to safely eat and drink.

Rehabilitation Psychologist

  • Will talk to you about lifestyle and behavioral changes that often accompany a disabling illness or injury. May work with you alone or with your family present.
  • Paper and pencil testing may be done to evaluate depression, memory, judgment, visual perceptual skills and vocational issues.

Other Members of Your Team

You may also have a pharmacist, a dietician, other physicians or a hospital chaplain as members of your team.

You and Members of Your Family

You and your family are very important members of the team and your input is valued. You will be actively involved in decision making, which includes setting goals and determining a plan for discharge. Your team will work with you and your family to meet your unique needs.