Rehabilitation is treatment designed to promote recovery from injury, illness, or disease back to as normal a condition as possible. Inpatient treatment in a hospital setting provides opportunity for recovery like no other outpatient or skilled nursing facility can offer. Regaining strength. Improving mobility. Performing activities of daily living independently. Returning you home if possible. An Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is a combination of interventions; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; psychiatric counseling; rehabilitation nursing; and social work directed toward helping people maintain or recover their physical abilities.
The most commonly treated conditions on a Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit are:
- Fractured Hip
- Neurological Disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy)
- Brain Injury
- Congenital Deformity
- Spinal Cord Injury
While the cost per day of an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit can be higher than those of a lower level of care, the significantly shorter lengths of stay actually reduce the overall costs of care. Moreover, studies suggest that more Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit patients are likely to go home than remain in an institutional setting (approximately 81% as opposed to 45%) and that any potential cost saving from the less expensive setting may be mitigated.
Inpatient Rehabilitation includes:
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy six days a week
- Licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists
- The goal of three hours of therapy a day
- 24-hour nursing care
- Returning home is always the desired goal
- Home-like “Transition Room” to help prepare for return home
- Home evaluation for safety and physical challenges
- Interdisciplinary team of professionals working together to maximize recovery and individual gains
- Weekly team conferences
- Patient and family training
- On-site pre-admission screening
- Admission from hospital, home or other facility
Regaining independence is the most important goal. Everyday the team helps patients build strength, increase flexibility, and improve mobility. The therapists also re-train patients to carry out the activities of daily living such as grooming, dressing, and food preparation. Another important goal of ours is to return the patient to their home, if at all possible. We take pride in the fact that the vast majority (84%) of the patients treated at the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Wooster Community Hospital are discharged to their homes.
For more information on Inpatient Rehabilitation, call 330-263-8421.