What to expect if you are a rehabilitation patient
If you are transferred to the subacute unit your doctor may prescribe rehabilitative therapies as part of your care. You may be seen by one, two or even three disciplines from the rehabilitation department. These are:
- Physical therapy—activities such as walking, transfers (moving from bed to chair or wheelchair), bed mobility, exercises to build strength and endurance, joint range of motion, balance, and others.
- Occupational therapy—activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, kitchen skills, use of adaptive equipment, education on joint protection and home safety issues, and patient and family education.
- Speech therapy—activities involving language, speaking and swallowing.
It is our goal to restore you to your optimum health and well-being. Therapists will work with you frequently, often once or even twice a day. You and your family will be asked to assist with developing your therapy goals. It is very important that you work with the therapists and attempt to make progress towards your goals. If you refuse to work with the therapists, your insurance company, including Medicare, may see this as a failure to progress or as a lack of a need for skilled therapy and may deny further payment for your subacute stay.
Your level of input into your therapy program will greatly affect your potential for improvement. The subacute care staff will encourage you to be as independent as possible in order to progress toward your goals. We will encourage you to perform your activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding) and transfers (moving from bed to chair, chair to bed, bed to standing) with the least amount of help necessary.
We encourage you and your family to bring in the clothing and shoes that you normally wear. These items will be needed for you to practice your activities of daily living and will allow you to dress each day which will make your stay in subacute more comfortable and functionally productive.
Activity therapy is offered on the subacute unit. An activity coordinator plans and implements a variety of individual and small group activities based on your interests and needs. We believe that providing our patients the opportunity to remain as physically and socially active as possible in meaningful, creative programs is an important aspect of enriching their quality of life. Activities include, but are not limited to, spiritual and musical programs, arts and crafts, seasonal holiday parties, special events, social games, movies, and in-room visits.
Your nutritional health is important, and we want your meals to be both nourishing and enjoyable since food plays an important role in your recovery to good health. If you are placed on a restricted diet, your physician may ask our dietitian or diabetes educator to visit you to discuss your dietary needs, as well as your personal likes and dislikes. Your meals may be delayed or canceled before some procedures, lab tests or surgeries. If you have special needs, please let us know. We want your mealtime to be a pleasant experience.
Patients on the subacute care unit participate in our "At Your Request" room service dining program. Click here to see how it works.
Between-meal snacks are also available. Please ask your nurse.
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