When most people hear they need “rehabilitation” it is common tendency to think “physical therapy” but in reality it is much more. Rehabilitation is a wide variety of medical, psychological and physiological services to help one restore good health, function, strength, mobility and cognitive ability and usefulness in society.
Rehabilitation services are typically ordered by a doctor to help a patient recover from an illness or injury. Nurses, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, social workers or case managers, and other health care professionals provide these services.
Rehabilitation is critical to the healing process and often serves as an extension of a greater health care plan. For patients well enough to be discharged from the hospital, but are not yet ready to return home, inpatient rehabilitative care offers a safe and supportive transition.
Your rehabilitation team is comprised of experts that work together to devise, implement and monitor therapy plans tailored to the specific needs of each patient. This multidisciplinary approach fosters active participation and helps ensure the highest level of physical, emotional and psychological support so patients can successfully advance through the rehab process.
Another important part of the team and rehabilitation process is having a strong support network. Most healthcare professionals agree this is crucial to maintaining results achieved through a formal rehabilitation program. As such, your family and caregivers will likely be invited to join the rehab team. The support and assistance they can provide during the rehab process and after discharge from the rehabilitation facility can help ensure long-term success.
Common Rehabilitation Therapies
- Audiology assessments providing a comprehensive evaluation of hearing disorders. Clinical audiologists use state-of-the-art medical equipment to assess outer, middle and inner ear problems. Hearing aid selection and fitting services are provided with an emphasis on maximum improvement of communication skills.