The 21-bed Rehabilitation Center at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital is specifically designed for rehabilitation patients. Private and semi-private rooms are available and all rooms are equipped for use by patients with physical disabilities.
Additional areas for relaxation and recreation are available. Professional rehabilitation nursing is provided on a 24-hour basis. Therapeutic services also are provided on the unit for maximum convenience and patient accessibility.
A replica of a community street - provides an additional setting for therapeutic interventions. It is complete with a grocery store, deli, theater, church, bank, car, and farm work area. Independence Square presents patients with familiar challenges, which can be overcome in a safe environment.
Philosophy of Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation emphasizes restoring an individual to the highest level of function possible following a disabling disease or injury. Each rehabilitation patient is a person worthy of respect and has a right to dignity and assistance in overcoming life- and lifestyle-threatening conditions.
Using an individualized treatment approach of support, prevention, restoration, and education, patients can work to regain and maintain as independent a lifestyle as possible.
Mission Statement of 5-West-Rehabilitation
Our purpose on Rehab is to care for, motivate and teach you to adapt and grow toward your fullest potential.
- Our vision is to be a unified interdisciplinary team that:
- Provides exceptional care through excellent teamwork
- Assures that all patients/families feel safe, comfortable, educated and involved in their care.
- Is respected for our high quality care, multidisciplinary expertise and professionalism
- Consistently achieves extraordinary customer satisfaction
A team of health care professionals work to help every patient obtain the highest level of achievement possible. Depending on the patient's needs, the rehabilitation team will include any or all of the following:
- Physiatrist (physician specializing in rehabilitation)
- Rehabilitation Nurse
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Recreational Therapist
- Nurse Case Manager
- Social Worker
- Additional members as indicated
To assure early involvement in a comprehensive rehabilitation program, evaluation by the rehabilitation team is initiated upon admission to the unit to determine the patient's:
- Medical and neurological status
- Strengths and deficits in sensory, motor, and speech/language abilities
- Psychosocial needs
- Level of cognitive functioning
- Special equipment needs
- Long- and short-term goals
- Family support
A physiatrist-directed program structures the patient's day to meet individual needs. A coordinated scheduling system incorporates each therapy/discipline as needed.
Therapy is scheduled Monday through Saturday. Patients can expect to receive 3 hours of therapy daily (spread throughout the day) on at least five out of seven days. Follow-through by rehabilitation nurses assures consistency on a 24-hour basis in meeting rehabilitation goals.
While rehabilitation team members work to care for the entire spectrum of patient needs, the patient's family is expected and encouraged to participate actively in the treatment program. Family members are encouraged to maintain involvement in the rehabilitation process by attending therapy sessions, by having discussions with team members, and by working with the team on specific patient goals. The family is often the most important factor in determining the patient's future quality of life. Teaching and counseling the patient's family is an integral part of the rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation team members are available to discuss any concerns which may arise.
The rehabilitation team holds formal conferences on each patient every week. Long- and short-term goals are established with the patient/family and revised as appropriate. In addition to regular team conferences, staff members meet formally with the patient and family as needed. These meetings are useful for discussing and clarifying the patient's needs and goals, and redirecting the team approach. Contact with the referring physician is maintained throughout the patient's rehabilitation program. Following treatment, the patient is referred back to his or her own physician for any necessary continued medical care.
Discharge planning begins upon admission and continues throughout the rehabilitation treatment process. Therapeutic community visits help prepare the patient and family for discharge. Discharge will occur as determined by the rehabilitation physician, in collaboration with the patient/family and the rehabilitation team. Discharge arrangements are made when the patient is able to manage in a community setting, or when it becomes evident that a long-term care facility is needed for extended rehabilitation. The staff assists the family in scheduling rehabilitation or medical follow-up, making long- or short-term living arrangements, and obtaining information about services or programs available in the community.
Hospitalization costs for rehabilitation usually are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other major health insurance programs. Determination of reimbursement is made prior to admission. Financial counselors are available to assist in determining the level of coverage from an individual's insurance.