Helping people help themselves
The Baptist Health Rehabilitation Program helps patients with orthopedic, neurologic and/or neuromuscular diseases and injuries regain skills and independence. Our team of rehabilitation specialists works with patients and their families to:
- plan treatment,
- set goals,
- increase movement,
- improve communication skills,
- resolve emotional concerns,
- increase independence in personal care and homemaking skills,
- develop new leisure time pursuits and participate in group activities,
- arrange for the return home, and
- continue rehabilitation through outpatient or home health services.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (C.A.R.F.) and is listed as a Qualified Rehabilitation Facility by the Kentucky Workers Compensation Program.
The Rehabilitation Program is designed to help those with stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, hip fractures and replacements, arthritis and other neuromuscular and orthopedic problems. If you are in the local area, our admission nurse will be happy to meet with you and your family and tell you more about our program. Call (502) 896-7467 to request an evaluation. After you are accepted into the program, the admission nurse will arrange a time for your admission.
After you are admitted to the Rehabilitation Program, you will be evaluated by our team of rehabilitation specialists. This team includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, therapeutic recreation specialists, family specialists and psychologists. These specialists will assist you with setting goals for your treatment.
- Your rehabilitation physician oversees and coordinates your rehabilitation program with input from the other disciplines on the rehabilitation team.
- Your rehabilitation nurse assists you with practicing what you learn in therapy, provides support to you and your family and coordinates your treatment plan.
- Your physical therapist helps you improve your strength, coordination and balance and reach specific goals, such as independent movement, wheelchair mobility or walking.
- Your occupational therapist develops the strength and fine coordination you need to perform activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, grooming and homemaking. You may need special equipment to carry out these activities. You may also work on a computer to improve your visual awareness, short-term memory and reaction time.
- Your speech-language pathologist evaluates and provides treatment for communication problems to help you regain listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. If needed, computers and special communication equipment are used in your therapy. Swallowing problems are also evaluated and treated.
- Your therapeutic recreation specialist aids you and your family with developing new leisure activities and adjusting to the community.
- Your family specialist helps you and your family learn about and participate in the rehabilitation program through individual meetings and a family conference. In addition, your family specialist coordinates your discharge plan.
- Your psychologist is involved in the diagnosis of specific difficulties you may have in problem-solving skills, memory or concentration. Psychological treatment may also help you and your family deal with adjustments to your disability.
- Your admission nurse not only coordinates your evaluation and admission, but will also call you after discharge to check on how you are doing.
Family support is very important to the success of your treatment. You and your family will work together during your inpatient stay to help achieve your treatment goals. Family members will be asked to participate in and practice your therapy with you. They will also help you. In addition, they will attend a special family conference where you and your rehabilitation team will discuss your progress and plans for going home.
Just as you are adjusting to changes in your life as a result of your illness or accident, so is your family. The Rehabilitation Program offers the special support necessary to give family members a chance to talk about their feelings of loss and any troubles they are experiencing with adapting to your disability.
Throughout your inpatient stay, you will prepare for your return home. Better than eight out of 10 patients in the Rehabilitation Program do go home to stay. Some of the types of activities used to smooth your transition from hospital to home include an Independent Living Apartment which allows you to practice your skills in a home-like environment; community outings in a wheelchair-accessible bus which allow you to practice your skills in the community; and home passes which allow you to spend time at home and readjust to the home environment before you are discharged from the hospital.
Family involvement and support is especially important in easing the shift from the hospital to the home. Your spouse or care giver may be asked to stay with you in the Independent Living Apartment for this reason.
For more information
For more information about how Baptist Health's Rehabilitation Program can help you help yourself, call (502) 896-7467.
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