When choosing a rehabilitation provider, patients often look at the expertise of the staff and length of time they have provided physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy at the facility. Patients select Brightmoor Nursing Center because of the staff and state of the art therapy equipment. Our facility is able to provide enhanced therapy services through a variety of modalities that reach deeper tissues to promote more effective healing. Diathermy is a heat modality that assists with decreasing pain. We provide neuromuscular re-education through electrical stimulation. And our speech therapists are able to provide electrical stimulation to the throat muscles to improve one’s ability to swallow. When a patient is engaged in these enhanced services, they have a more positive experience during their regular therapy sessions.
Consider these key factors when evaluating options for an in-patient rehabilitation provider:
• Do patients have access to therapy 6-7 days a week?
• How is therapy handled for patients in the facility during a holiday?
• Are the therapists employees of the facility or contract therapists?
• Do patients have access to a occupational therapy kitchen to test the skills they are regaining?
• How do the therapists motivate a patient to participate in their therapy sessions?
• What is the length of stay for a short term patient?
• Does the facility offer out-patient therapy so patients may continue to work with a consistent therapist?
Within twenty-four hours following admission, patients are seen by a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist. Depending on the needs of the patient, Speech Therapy may also be part of the evaluation process. After the evaluation, the interdisciplinary team discusses a plan of care with the patient and their family and looks at a realistic time frame the patient will achieve their goals for a safe discharge back to their prior living setting. This projected time frame can change depending on the progress a patient makes.
Physical Therapy provides services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent disabilities that have resulted from injury or disease. They work to retrain the body’s muscles to maximize strength, balance, coordination, and joint movement. The ultimate goal of Physical Therapy is to maximize mobility and minimize pain by working on gait training, transfers, strengthening, balance and exercise. They also provide modalities such as electrical muscle stimulation and diathermy to expedite recovery. Other special areas of impairment that can be assisted with physical therapy intervention is wound-care, lower body contractures and bracing, and prosthetic training for amputees.
Occupational Therapy works with people who have experienced a loss of skills that make every day manageable. They enable people to do the day to day activities that are important to them by overcoming or compensating for physical impairments and limitations. The purpose of Occupational Therapy is to facilitate one’s independence in whatever must be accomplished throughout the day such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, toileting, and home management. This is also done through education on adaptive equipment such as shower benches and adaptive dressing and feeding aides and through energy conservation techniques. Other areas of focus for occupational therapists are wheelchair positioning, upper body contractures, and splinting.
Speech Language Pathologists treat people who have experienced a loss of communication skills, such as speaking and understanding speech, or a loss of cognitive function. They can identify language problems and help to improve a patient’s ability to express their wants, needs, and desires. They also provide very specialized services to people who have swallowing difficulties thus helping to restore their ability to safely eat foods and drink beverages that they enjoy.