Rehabilitation Services Department
Your Partner in Total Rehabilitation Care
At Confluence Health, the rehabilitation services department provides quality diagnosis and treatment to patients across inpatient, post-acute care and outpatient settings. Our therapists and specialists bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to facilitate healing and return to prior level of function. Our mission is to produce improved quality of life for our patients by maximizing function, independence, health and well-being.
We want to help patients affected by injury and disability get back to pursuing a healthy and fulfilling life in our Rehabilitation department.
Our rehabilitation department services include:
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Language Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- Wound & Ostomy
Why Acute Rehabilitation at Confluence Health?
Acute Rehabilitation at Confluence Health is recommended for a patient who requires a high degree of physician involvement along with a coordinated, intensive program of multiple medical specialties. Nursing homes and outpatient care offer less intensive programs. Whether a patient is recovering from a stroke, spinal cord or brain injury, or other trauma, we provide the support necessary to bring optimal recovery to each individual’s acute condition.
Conditions We Treat
Patients who come to the acute rehabilitation inpatient facility at Confluence Health | Weantchee Valley Hospital and Clinics have any number of medical conditions, such as:
•Spinal cord injury
•Traumatic brain injury
Interdisciplinary Team Approach
Our interdisplinary team includes patients and their family/caregiver, physiatrists, other physicians, rehabilitation nurses, physical/ occupational/speech/recreational therapists, a dietitian, a psychologist and a social worker.
Education and training are a very important part of the rehabilitation process. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to observe and participate with hands-on teaching that will enable the patient and caregiver to work together as a team after discharge.
A physiatrist is a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The physiatrist directs and supervises all medical and rehabilitation care.
Nurses provide assistance with bowel, bladder, medication and skin management, position techniques, pain management and wound care. They provide ongoing assessment of nutritional status and hydration, safety concerns and patient/family education. Certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRN) are available for consultations.
Physical therapists provide a comprehensive evaluation of patient’s safety and movement skills. They develop a treatment plan to help the patient be as independent as possible. Therapists teach patients skills to get in and out of beds, chairs and cars, to walk on level surfaces and stairs, and mobilize wheelchairs. Upon discharge, therapists will assist with arranging for adaptive equipment and services as required.
Occupational therapists help patients be as independent as possible at home and in the community. Bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, using the bathroom and meal preparation are among skills addressed. The use of adaptive equipment or adapting to the patient’s environment may be taught. A home evaluation and/or community reintegration outing may be recommended for further assessment.
Comprehensive speech pathology services for impaired communication are available for patients having difficulty expressing thoughts, feelings or needs. Speech pathologists work to improve cognitive skills like memory, organization, reasoning and problem solving. Additional services include swallow evaluations for assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders and consultations/referrals for hearing problems.
Social Services and Psychology
Social workers provide supportive counseling, assist in establishing discharge goals and provide help in completing applications and referrals for support services in the home. At times, social workers assist patient and families in finding alternative living situations when the need arises. A behavioral health professional is available to help patients and families cope with their new situation.
Recreational therapy services help you function in the community and get back to the activities you enjoy. Specific services include therapy evaluation and functional leisure skills re-training.