Rehabilitation is a process of learning, relearning and practicing skills after illness or injury, so patients can return to productive living in their homes and communities and become as self-sufficient as possible. Our highly qualified staff members incorporate individualized programs of:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Social retraining and
- Cognitive retraining
- Group treatment
These therapies maximize independent functioning for patients, thereby greatly improving quality of life.
The Comprehensive Medical Rehabilitation Unit (CMR) at Christian Hospital integrates inpatient nursing with rehabilitation therapies into one area to provide patient care in a convenient and comfortable setting with maximum efficiency. It is an 18-bed, JCAHO-accredited (Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospital Organizations) unit that provides daily medical management and comprehensive treatment for patients requiring rehabilitation following a variety of surgical procedures or medical treatments.
To encourage patients to develop independent, at-home skills, the unit includes:
- Laundry facilities
- Practice car
- Specially outfitted restroom
- Treatment gym
An Interdisciplinary Treatment Approach
Patients receive an interdisciplinary, individualized treatment approach to care from our dedicated team of health care professionals. While no two patient treatment plans are exactly alike, most plans feature a set of rehabilitation goals that use a combination of therapies and activities designed to help patients improve physical mobility, regain daily living skills and prepare for community re-entry.
Depending on the patient's unique needs, the members of his or her interdisciplinary team may include:
- Case managers
- Certified rehabilitation nurses
- Clinical dietitians
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Physicians with specialty training in physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Recreational therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- Speech-language pathologists
The team holds weekly meetings to discuss and evaluate each patient's progress and ongoing care. Primary care physicians and specialists continue to follow the patients on the unit.
The goal of rehabilitation is to help these individuals reach their highest level of independent function and return to productive living in their homes and communities. This is accomplished through individualized programs of physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, social and cognitive retraining, group treatment and education to address any problems with:
- Activities of daily living and self-care
- Balance, coordination and mobility
- Motor control, range of motion, strength, and endurance
- Self-feeding and swallowing
- Communication skills
- Memory and thinking skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Vocational and leisure capabilities
- Safety skills
Our Interdisciplinary Team
Physiatrist (Rehabilitation Physician)
The physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Along with other CMR team members, they evaluate each patient, coordinate the treatment plan, and set individual patient goals.
CMR Nurse/Therapy Manager
The rehabilitation manager oversees the nursing / therapy process and serves as a communication liaison for all members of the treatment, the patient and families.
The nursing staff works hand in hand for the complete medical and therapeutic treatment of each patient. They monitor the patient’s bladder and bowel functioning, skin integrity and nutrition. They are also involved in teaching family members how to care for the patient following discharge.
Occupational therapists (OT) assist patients in resuming activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, feeding, and homemaking). In addition, they assess the patient’s thinking skills including safety awareness, problem solving and memory. The OT will recommend medical and adaptive equipment necessary to maximize patient’s independence and accessibility within the home.
Physical therapists (PT) concentrate on difficulties in mobility, balance and coordination, working to achieve the patient’s maximum functional capacity. Family members will be trained to assist in bed mobility, walking, and managing a wheelchair (if necessary) using safe and efficient techniques.
Speech-language pathologists will asses and treat language, auditory comprehension, verbal expression, reading and written comprehension, speech production, voice, swallowing skills, and cognition (attention, memory, orientation and reasoning).
Recreation therapy uses recreation and leisure experiences to maintain and improve physical, cognitive, social and emotional independence. Adaptive equipment and community resources are provided when necessary. Techniques learned by the patient are designed to emphasize the patient’s ability to engage in self-directed activities that were enjoyed prior to admission and have opportunities to develop new interests for leisure time.
Case Manager/Social Worker
The case manager is the link between the family and the members of the patient's interdisciplinary team. He or she keeps families informed about their loved one's progress and helps them make necessary preparations for discharge. The case manager also serves as the point of contact for insurance issues, working closely with the family and insurer to identify and address any potential problems.
The dietitian evaluates nutritional needs, such as weight loss or gain, diets, supplemental snacks, etc. They also provide information concerning modified diets, and advises patients and families on nutrition and meal planning.