Some patients require more ongoing rehabilitation services before they are discharged from the hospital. The goal is to return patients to a level where they can function independently.
The 16-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation unit on 1 West cares for patients who are recovering from joint repair or joint replacement surgery or who have suffered:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Neurologic and neuromuscular disorders
- Multiple trauma
- Multiple medical problems
Patients may be referred to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit by their rehabilitation physician. Patients may be admitted from acute care units at DMC Sinai-Grace, other hospitals, nursing homes or from their own homes. The average length of stay is 12 days, but ranges from five days to four weeks.
Depending upon a patient's condition, rehabilitation services can include physical therapy, speech therapy, therapeutic recreation and occupational therapy, either provided individually or in a group.
The unit is staffed with competent, caring professionals licensed and certified in their respective areas. Patients receive multidisciplinary care from:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech and language pathologists
- Rehabilitation nurses
- Physicians who are board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists
In addition, nutritionists and other specialists are available when needed for consultation.
A fully equipped therapy gym is conveniently located next to the nursing unit. It allows physical therapists to work with patients on general strength and basic mobility exercises. Occupational therapists teach patients how to handle activities of daily living, such as bathing, fixing meals and hygiene. A discharge suite provides a simulated home environment to help patients learn how to manage daily tasks.
Speech and language pathologists work with patients who have had speech or memory/cognitive deficits. Neuropsychologists help patients adjust to the effects of their illness and also treat speech and memory/cognitive deficits.
Your doctor can refer you to the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit by contacting rehab admissions at 313-966-3344.