Rehabilitation is a Team Effort
Specialists in all areas of rehabilitation will guide and teach you and your family members or caregivers.
You and your family members or caregivers are the most important team members. Your involvement is essential to setting and meeting your goals. You also will discuss concerns, desires, and needs with other team members.
- Case Managers act as a resource for you and your family members. Case managers coordinate many aspects of care, including; education, team conferences, communication with insurance companies and discharge planning. Case managers also function as the Patient Representative and are available to address any other questions that arise during your rehabilitation stay.
- The Physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in rehabilitative medicine. The physiatrist manages medical care, directs the rehabilitation team and consults with other physicians regarding patient care.
- Physician Assistant: The physician assistant works directly with the physician to coordinate and manage treatment and care. This includes medication management, communication with patients and families, implementation of team directives, and discharge planning and follow-up.
- Rehabilitation Psychologist: A psychologist who applies psychological knowledge and understanding on behalf of individuals with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Psychologist provides services with the goal of increasing function and reducing disability, activity limitations, and societal participation restrictions. The rehabilitation psychologist also provides supportive psychotherapy.
- Consulting Physician: Depending on other injuries or circumstances unique to each patient, a variety of other physician specialists may be asked to consult, recommend, or treat. These may be specialists in pulmonary disease, orthopedics, cardiovascular problems, Gastroenterology, or other areas.
- Neuropsychologist supports and educates you and your family members so you are better able to deal with life changes. A neuropsychologist specializes in brain-behavior relationships. The neuropsychologist administers a series of tests to evaluate a person's cognitive, emotional, intellectual, and academic/vocational skills. The role on the rehabilitation team is to assist in the identification of intact and problematic cognitive, social, and emotional skills. The neuropsychologist also provides supportive psychotherapy.
- Occupational Therapists assist you in improving strength and coordination, regaining independence in normal activities of daily living and achieving skills so you can return home and to work.
- Physical Therapists help you regain strength, balance, coordination and endurance so you can walk, climb stairs, use a wheelchair and manage other physical activities that enhance your mobility.
- Rehabilitation Nurses work closely with physicians and the rehabilitation team to respond to your medical nursing and therapy needs. Rehabilitation nurses assist with skin management, bowel and bladder training, and other self-care skills as needed.
- Rehabilitation Technicians assist nurses in caring for your medical, nursing and therapy needs.
- Speech-Language Pathologists help you with memory, thinking, swallowing, communication and language skills.
- Dietitians review your nutritional needs and provide nutritional education and counseling.
- Pastoral Care is provided by the Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital chaplain as well as local clergy. They offer spiritual and emotional support as you and your family cope with life changes. Your own chaplain is always welcome.
- Respiratory Therapists help individuals with breathing problems. Programs are individualized to deal with various pulmonary problems including: tracheostomies and weaning patients from dependence on ventilators.