Your Rehab Team
The physical rehabilitation team will be custom designed to meet your individual
needs. This is
your rehab team, and the following describes the role each member plays in
The rehabilitation physician is a
Physiatrist. A Physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine
and rehabilitation. Physiatrists are trained in impairment assessment,
medical complications of impairment and rehabilitation team management.
The Physiatrist monitors your health, evaluates your physical capabilities
and leads the team of nurses and therapists in making and carrying out
your individualized treatment program.
Rehabilitation Nurses are with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The nursing staff helps you
with the various activities of daily living. They administer medications
and treatments, teach you and your family about your capabilities, and
help you use the skills you have learned in therapy.
Physical Therapist assesses your movement ability and evaluates your condition and potential.
Based upon these results, the physical therapist will design a treatment
program to restore and maximize your movement and function. Special exercises
will help you restore movement by improving the quality of your muscle
tone, coordination, balance strength, endurance and joint flexibility.
These efforts are directed at improving your mobility, which may range
from wheelchair skills to walking.
Occupational Therapist assists you in regained the skills and changes required for you to be independent,
productive and satisfied at home, in the workplace or in the community.
The exercises and activities you learn will focus on reducing or overcoming
your impairments. These may be as basic as dressing, bathing and eating,
or as complex as operating a computer or caring for your family.
Speech-Language Pathologist works to improve your independence with communication skills and effectiveness
in getting a message across or listening to others. This may involve working
to improve your voice, speech, language, thinking skills reading or conversational
skills. It may require teaching you how to use gestures or computers to
obtain your basic skills. Another role of the speech-language pathologist
is to help you if you have difficulty with swallowing or swallow safety.
Social Worker works with you, your family and community agencies to help solve problems
that come with changes in your abilities and your need for medical care.
This may include providing information, making referrals or arranging
for continuing care. The social worker also counsels individuals, couples,
families and groups. Your assigned social worker or family counselor helps
guide you through the hospital experience from admission to discharge.
Your assigned social worker or family counselor will serve as your advocate
during your stay.
Clinical Neuropsychologist helps you understand and adjust to your impairment. Depending upon the
extent of your impairment, the psychologist will assess your mood and
cognitive ability. The neuropsychologist also provides computer-assisted
cognitive rehabilitation for those who may benefit by increasing attention,
memory and problem solving skills. In addition, coping-skills training
such as biofeedback, stress management and pain control may be offered.
The neuropsychology department provides tailored treatment for those persons
requiring behavior management and family education. Individual supportive
therapy, group and family therapies are also available.
Rehab Case Manager reviews the inpatient rehabilitation initial screening prior to your admission
to the rehabilitation center. This will assure that your transition into
the program is done in an organized manner. The rehab case manager serves
as a hub to provide effective communication with insurance providers,
patients and family members.
Chaplain provides pastoral care and counseling to help you and your family deal
with the spiritual impact of your condition. Contact your nurse to request
a visit from the Chaplain.
Respiratory Therapist uses advance diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to thoroughly assess
and treat your ability to breathe. The Respiratory Therapist tailors a
specific rehabilitation program to fit your needs.
Registered Dietitian assures that your nutritional needs are met by creating an individualized
diet based upon your food preferences, your physical abilities and any
dietetic restrictions prescribed by your physician.
Prosthetist/Orthodist fabricates, fits and repairs adaptive devices such as artificial limbs
(prostheses) and orthopedic braces (orthoses).
Audiologist identifies hearing problems and appropriate correction. The Audiologist
deals with difficulties in both the volume and clarity of sound and may
recommend assistive devices or hearing aids.
Vocational Specialist may assist you with obtaining services to improve your employability after
your rehabilitation center stay.