Every patient is assigned a team of two physicians who guide the medical plan of care throughout their stay. Your assigned hospitalist will oversee your general medical care and your assigned physiatrist will manage your your rehab plan of care. The doctors, with the assistance of the rehabilitation team, assess the patients medical status and needs while at Northeast Rehab.
Every patient is assigned a primary nurse and a licensed nursing assistant. The Nursing Team checks patients vitals (temperature, blood pressure, heart and breathing rate), administers medications and helps with daily care such as eating and bathing. They are continuously evaluating the patient’s physical, mental and medical response to interventions utilized.
Family and Friends
You provide the emotional support to the patient. Family and friends also provide the health care team with important facts about the patients past history and can help watch for changes. Team members will show you what you can do to help with the recovery process.
They provide emotional support to help the patient and the family adjust to being in the hospital. The case managers coordinate discharge planning, referral to community resources, and answer questions about insurance or disability. They relay information from weekly team meetings and facilitate communication between team members, the patient, and family as needed.
Physical Therapists (PT)
Physical therapists help the patient work toward maximizing their independence and quality of life by focusing on physical mobility training. Treatment may include range of motion/flexibility of the legs, strengthening or muscle re-education, balance, walking/gait training, stair climbing, transfer training, bed mobility training, education and if necessary instruction in the use of equipment such as walkers, canes, or wheelchairs.
Occupational Therapists (OT)
Occupational therapists help the patient work toward maximizing their independence and quality of life by focusing on Activities of Daily Living (ADL), that is, functional activities that the person performs every day. OT activities may include bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding, sexuality education, functional transfers, functional communication (writing, typing, using the phone etc.) and home management.
Therapeutic Recreation (TR)
Therapeutic recreation assists the patient with the resumption of a satisfactory, healthy lifestyle through the use of leisure activities. The focus of TR is leisure skill development/re-development, education on adaptive recreation equipment and techniques, and community integration through structured out trips. They also offer peer visitation to assist with the adjustment issues associated with a newly acquired disability.
Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP)
Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) provide evaluation and treatment for patients experiencing communication, cognitive, or swallowing difficulties following a stroke or other neurological dysfunction. Speech Therapy activities may focus on understanding what is said, speaking clearly and meaningfully, assessment and treatment of swallowing difficulties and assessment and treatment of cognitive difficulties, such as memory or concentration
Dieticians assess nutritional needs of the patients. They work with the patient and other team members to help the patients meet their nutritional goals. The dieticians work closely with the patients to educate them about their dietary requirements, not only while in the hospital, but also for when they go home.
The psychologist specializes in evaluating and treating issues involving general coping or adjustment to disability. In addition to offering counseling for problems such as depressed or anxious mood, the psychologist can provide training in self-help techniques to help manage problems such as pain, insomnia, overeating, smoking and substance abuse. Training in relaxation techniques is especially helpful for many of these problems, and can often be learned in just one or two sessions. Lastly, the psychologist can also work closely with other team members to develop a plan to minimize any psychological “obstacles” to your overall progress.
The role of the neuropsychologist is to provide a detailed evaluation of specific mental abilities such as memory, attention or learning. It is sometimes quite important to evaluate these areas, as difficulties could interfere with your ability to process all the information that comes your way in rehab. Neuropsychological difficulties are not uncommon among persons with neurological illness or injury. If deficits are found, there may be treatments available to help improve your functioning in these areas. Furthermore, if your team is aware of any neuropsychological difficulties, they can present new information to you in a way that best matches your areas of mental strength.
Some other team members may include
- Respiratory therapy
- Certified Prosthetist/ Orthotist