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Your Rehabilitation Team

Rehabilitation Nurses

  • Rehabilitation nursing is a specialty practice area within the scope of professional nursing. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of individuals and groups who have experienced actual health problems resulting from altered functional ability and altered lifestyle as well as preventative care for potential health problems.
  • The goal of rehabilitation nursing is to assist individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal health. This includes prevention of common complications following chronic illness or disability.The rehabilitation nurse is skilled at treating alterations in functional ability and lifestyle resulting from injury, disability, and chronic illness.
  • Rehabilitation nurses provide comfort, therapy, and education; promote health-conducive adjustments; support adaptive capabilities; and promote achievable independence. Rehabilitation nurses provide holistic, comprehensive, and compassionate end-of-life care, including the promotion of comfort and relief of pain.
  • Many of the Rehab Nursing staff hold specialty certifications in Rehabilitation and Stroke.

Physical Therapists

  • Physical therapy is a profession that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.
  • Physical therapists promote mobility, ambulation, and provide patient and caregiver education.

Occupational Therapists

  • Occupational therapy is the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living skills of people with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder.
  • Occupational therapists also focus much of their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities.
  • Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating you & your family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities such as eating, grooming, bathing, dressing, and cooking.

Speech Therapists

  • Speech therapy focuses on treating those with cognitive, communicative, and swallowing disorders.
  • The speech therapist assists to provide cognitive strategies that allow the impaired individual to function as safely and independently as possible in their environment.
  • The speech therapist also works with those who have swallowing and speech difficulties and assists to formulate strategies for safe swallowing and effective communication.