Recovering from a life-altering trauma or illness often requires inpatient rehabilitation care in an acute hospital setting. Sutter’s supportive, structured and coordinated rehabilitation program is designed to improve your ability to perform daily living tasks.
Your care begins with a thorough assessment and a personal, goal-oriented treatment plan developed with you and your family. The length of your stay depends on your goals, progress and level of independence at admission. In most cases patients work with various therapists for three or more hours each day at least five days a week for an average of two weeks.
Therapy goals may include:
- Gaining maximum independence in such daily living activities as dressing, bathing and preparing and eating meals.
- Toileting and bladder and bowel management.
- Bed, chair, toilet and tub or shower transfers.
- Walking or wheelchair propulsion.
- Cognitive activities such as comprehension, expression, interaction, problem solving and memory.
- Safe mobility with or without adaptive equipment.
- Improved balance and coordination.
- Mental and social adjustment for you and your family.
- Maximized communication skills.
- Improved swallowing ability.
- Awareness of available community resources.
- Medication management.
- Managing your lifestyle to meet medical needs such as diabetes or heart disease.
Once you and your rehabilitation team are confident you can make a successful transition from inpatient rehabilitation care to another setting, you will be discharged with a detailed plan that includes future appointments, dietary instructions and community resources. Some patients are able to return home while others go to skilled nursing facilities for continued care.
Your discharge plan will include:
- Referrals to community resources
- Dietary instructions
- Medication instructions
- Home therapy schedules and programs
- Future therapy and physician appointments
- Appropriate assistive devices