Your admission liaison is the first team member you will come into contact with—before you are admitted to the Unit. This registered nurse’s responsibility is to work with the physiatrists to help facilitate a smooth transition to the Unit. The liaison will explain what you can expect on the Unit and answer any questions you have.
These are specially trained doctors in Physical Medicine and Rehab (PM&R) who will oversee and direct your therapy program. These doctors help you improve physical function and performance. Tools they may use include medicines as well as exercise and physical training. They may also include adaptive equipment, assistive devices, orthotics (braces) and prostheses. Your doctor will visit you regularly and guide the rehab team throughout your stay.
The nurses on the Acute Rehab Unit are specially trained to provide you with 24-hour rehab nursing care. The rehab nurses educate you and your family on your injury or disability, medications, bowel and bladder training and wound care. They encourage you when you need help coping with your physical limitations. The nurses also work with you to help you practice what you learn during therapy.
Physical Therapists (PTs)
Your physical therapist (PT) will evaluate your strength and mobility. Your therapist will plan a treatment program with your input. PT sessions typically include exercise and training to help you move as safely and independently as possible. Your PT may advise you to use an assistive device such as a cane, walker, wheelchair or braces. You and your family will learn about exercises you can do at home before you are discharged. PTs focus on:
- Gait Training
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Transfer Training
- Amputee/Prosthetic Training
- Orthotic Training
- Wheelchair Management
- Patient/Family Education
Occupational Therapists (OTs)
Your occupational therapist (OT) will assess your ability to do Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). These can include:
- Bathing and grooming
- Getting in/out of the bath tub or shower
- Making meals
- Work skills
- Hobbies and other interests
Your OT may train you in the use of special equipment for dressing, toileting and other activities.
Your speech therapist will work with you to improve communication skills, swallowing function, comprehension, memory and overall expression. When you need speech therapy, one of our trained therapists assesses your needs and creates a comprehensive treatment plan.
Your case manager shares any concerns you have about your treatment program with the rehab team. She will also share with you and your family the goals that the team has for you. Your social worker will also help you in discharge planning. This includes linking you with the resources you need to function as well as possible.
Significant injury or illness may cause emotional suffering. Psychological services are available for you and your family. Your psychologist can assess you and help the rehab team better understand your emotional needs. Psychological counseling is available to help you and your family cope with the stress of medical problems, disability, and hospitalization.
Your dietitian makes sure that you have nutritious meals to aid in healing. Your dietitian can review your eating history and suggest a diet that will support your rehab efforts. This kind of diet can help ensure proper bowel and bladder functioning, account for swallowing or chewing problems, help control weight or meet sodium or cholesterol limits.
At Mercy Health System, your spiritual care is as vital as your medical care and treatment. Our spiritual care staff includes priest chaplains, staff chaplains and volunteers, both lay and religious. Our chaplains can be contacted upon request through your nurse. You or your family can request a visit with a member of the spiritual care team, no matter what your faith or denomination.