Rehab Patient and Family Support

While transitioning from one's current level of care to an inpatient rehabilitation program, primary concerns may include returning home, regaining mobility, or simply re-mastering life's everyday movements. At Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, we individualize the rehabilitation treatment program to meet our patients' physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs. For us, the whole person is very important. In addition to working with patients, the rehab program also focuses on family and caregiver activities.

The patient and the family are actually the most important members of the care team. Our job here is not only to think about what happens during the short time a patient is in our care, but also to establish the specific skills and knowledge that the family or caregiver may need during the weeks and months ahead. Everyone here is focused on improving our patients’ functional independence and returning them to a high quality of life.

In addition to the individualized daily therapy schedule, our patients enjoy a variety of group activities guided by a recreation therapist. There are countless opportunities to learn new skills or adapt favorite activities that will allow patients to have an active, healthy lifestyle in the future.

Other activities include the pet therapy program, community outings, and a multitude of support groups for patients, family members, and other caregivers.

A case manager coordinates each patient's rehabilitation program as well as their discharge plans, insurance concerns, and initial follow-up appointments. This coordination involves regular meetings of each patient’s therapeutic team, which also includes a dietitian and a clinical social worker. Family meetings with the care team, as well as psychological and spiritual support services are always available when needed.

In preparation for the transition after in-patient care, a member of the rehabilitation team visits the home environment and makes recommendations on equipment purchases, furniture layout, and accessibility issues.

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