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.
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