Whether the effect of an illness or injury is mild or severe, a well-coordinated rehabilitation program offers the best chance for recovery. Mercy Rehabilitation customizes programs and services to meet the unique needs of the patient who has suffered a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or other impairments.
Our rehabilitation experts carefully plan each step of the patient's recovery, from evaluation and therapy to home care and community support services. Members of the rehabilitation team work closely with the patient and his or her family to achieve the patient's goal. The team is led by the rehabilitation physician and includes the patient, the family, nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, the case manager/social worker, dietician, support counselor and pastoral care support person.
All programs offer:
- A comprehensive treatment approach that puts the patient at the center of a team of rehabilitation professionals
- An intensive therapy program of at least two therapies, five days a week, 3 hours per day.
- 24-hour rehabilitation nursing
- 24-hour physician supervision
- A continuum of inpatient and outpatient services
Our experts include:
- Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapy addresses self-care, homemaking, strengthening and range of motion, cognitive functioning, and perceptual motor skills.
- Speech Pathologists
Speech pathologists evaluate the patient's communication, thinking and swallowing skills and outline a treatment program to establish treatment goals.
- Physical Therapists
- Case Manager/Social Worker
The social worker/case manager meets with patients and family members shortly after admission and as needed throughout the patient's rehabilitation stay. The social worker/case manager is an advocate for the patient and family and helps with questions or concerns the patient and family may have. The social worker/case manager facilitates discharge plans by linking the patient with the appropriate community service agencies and addressing home care and equipment needs.
Registered nurses formulate an individualized plan of care for each patient. This plan is evaluated and revised throughout the rehabilitation stay. The goal of rehabilitation nursing is to provide a supportive environment that encourages independence and wellness. The focus is on teaching "how to" and "why" rather than "doing for."
Mercy Rehabilitative services:
- Sub-acute rehabilitation
- Assistive technology
- Outpatient/specialized outpatient services
- Physician services
- Educational services for patients and families
Additional services include:
- Physical therapy gym
Patients work every day in Mercy's gym to regain strength and independence. The gym features facilities for building strength, and improving coordination and mobility.
- Independent living unit
The Independent Living Unit is an apartment on the rehabilitation floor. It's used to simulate a home environment. Patients may stay in the ILU prior to discharge.
- Patient rooms
Each patient's room is equipped with a roll-in shower, and accessible toilet, sink and counter.