Your treatment team is led by a Physiatrist (PM&R Physician, a doctor with specialized training in physical medicine and rehabilitation)and consist of nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, and case managers for a multidisciplinary approach to your recovery. The Physiatrist leads the team in providing treatment and monitoring progress during your recovery. Other physician specialists such as a Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Vascular Consultants, and/or a Podiatrist may be called upon to participate in your treatment if needed. Patients are seen by both a Physiatrist and Internal Medicine/Family Practice physician, seven days a week in both skilled and rehab, which is unique and not common in other rehab or skilled settings. Other members of the team may include:
Physical Therapists work to increase muscle strength, balance and endurance for mobility. This may include walking (with or without the use of assistive equipment) or using a wheelchair. Physical Therapists can also make recommendations on many types of equipment and assessment of modifications that may be required in the home in preparation for discharge.
Occupational Therapists work on improving personal care and activities of daily living including dressing, grooming, bathing, eating, etc. and on more advanced self-care activities such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, home and money management. They also work to improve the use of arms and hands, including gross and fine motor control.
Speech/Language Pathologists work towards improving cognitive and communication skills, including reading, comprehension, writing, memory, reasoning and problem solving. Certified in the latest technology, they also assess and treat swallowing
disorders (Dysphagia) though use of VitalStim® Therapy.
Registered/Licensed Practical Nurses and Technicians are available for patient care 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. With specialized training in rehabilitation, they possess the skills necessary to care for patients with decreased function and mobility.
Registered Dietitians consult with the medical staff and work with our patients to develop a diet and menu plan that supports their nutritional needs. The Dietician may also provide education on nutritional needs and/or dietary restrictions.
Case Managers act as the liaison between the patient, patient’s family, physicians and insurance provider. They facilitate communication with our patients and their families to keep them apprised of their loved ones progress. The Case Manager works closely with our patients and families to provide necessary resources to help make informed decisions regarding discharge plans for care following their rehab or skilled care. They also assist with setting up necessary services for a successful discharge to home health services, outpatient therapy or alternative living arrangements such as independent or assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.
Respiratory Team – The Respiratory Team is led by our Pulmonologist who reviews, monitors, and makes recommendations on respiratory cases such as individuals who require ventilators, tracheostomy care, CPAP, BIPAP, breathing treatments, etc. The Pulmonologist works with the medical staff and therapy team to maximize respiratory rehabilitation outcomes. Respiratory Therapist may assist and monitor patients during PT, OT, and ST Sessions to maximize respiratory rehabilitation outcomes.
Social Worker (SW) – Helps patients deal with social, financial, emotional, vocational, and other practical aspects of their condition. SW’s help patients use the most effective coping strategies and problem solving to maximize their adjustment and recovery. SW’s counsel patients and family on issues including grief & loss, adjustment to altered lifestyle, caregiver concerns, and depression, anxiety and caregiver stress.
Neuropsychology– Neuropsychologists are experts in the functions of the brain as they relate to the psychological and behavior processes. The neuropsychologist can offer standardized cognitive testing, driving evaluations, and/or medication reviews to determine the appropriate course of treatment for those with cognitive deficit.