Acute Rehabilitation Unit
A patient is admitted to an Acute Rehabilitation Unit after sustaining an injury or illness which has resulted in disability. The ultimate goal of the Rehab Unit is to provide a variety of interventions by the health professional team in order to help the patient to become as independent as possible before returning home. In addition the rehab team works with each patient’s home caregivers to assist in training the skills needed to assist the patient.
The core health providers of your rehab health professional team are comprised of the physician, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work. The team works to address medical, physical and cognitive concerns. There are also other services that the patient may encounter if their situation requires such support, for example, dietary services, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, and radiology.
When a patient is admitted to our Acute Rehabilitation unit, you can expect the following to take place during your stay. During the work week, Monday through Friday, the patient is scheduled for 3 hours of therapy services a day. Depending on the patient’s diagnosis, the patient will receive an hour of Physical Therapy (PT), an hour of Occupational Therapy (OT) and an hour of Speech Therapy (ST), OR an hour and a half of both PT and OT if there no prescription for ST. On the weekends, the patient will receive 30 minutes of PT, OT, and/or ST, on Saturday or Sunday.
In addition to participation in the three hours of therapy of day, the daily emphasis on rehab is to assist people during their recovery to get back to their day-to-day routine. This is achieved by mimicking a home environment on Rehab. Patients are encouraged to get out of bed each morning and dressed for the day as you would at home. There is a dining room where the patients can have their three meals a day. Increasing the ability to participate in the activities of daily living is a stepping stone to achieving the independence needed to return to home. When the patient has reached that level of independence, the healthcare team collaborates with the patient to safely discharge home.