Baptist Health Louisville was recently named one of the top 20 “Best Places to Work” among large companies in Kentucky. For the Rehabilitation staff, that designation couldn’t be more true to life. The average length of employment on the unit is 12 years, and 71 percent of Rehab employees have worked for five or more years on the unit. While these statistics are certainly numbers Baptist Health Louisville is proud to claim, they translate to better care for patients.
This experienced group of employees knows the importance of consistent care for patients in helping to build their confidence and trust. In addition, their collective experience provides a depth of knowledge not often found in other facilities. To provide breadth, as well, Baptist Health Louisville takes a team approach to care that involves a variety of specialists in assisting patients with goal setting for treatment, and for their return home.
Our team of rehabilitation specialists work with patients and their families to plan treatment and set goals, including:
- increased movement;
- improved communication skills;
- addressing emotional concerns;
- increased independence in personal care and homemaking skills;
- developing new leisure time pursuits and participating in group activities;
- arranging for a return home; and
- continuing rehabilitation through outpatient or home health services
The following team assists patients with setting goals for treatment as well as individualized goals for returning home.
- A rehabilitation physician oversees and coordinates individual rehabilitation with input from the team.
- Rehabilitation nurses assist patients with practicing therapy, provide support to patients and their families, and coordinate treatment plans and nursing care.
- Physical therapists help patients improve their strength, coordination and balance to reach specific goals, such as independent movement, wheelchair mobility or walking.
- Occupational therapists help patients develop the strength and fine coordination needed to perform activities such as eating, dressing, grooming and homemaking.
- Speech-language pathologists evaluate and provide treatment for patients experiencing communication problems to regain listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Swallowing problems are also evaluated and treated.
- Therapeutic recreation specialists aid patients and families with developing leisure activities that enhance recovery and adjusting to the community.
- Social workers help patients and families understand and participate in rehabilitation through individual meetings and a family conference. In addition, social workers coordinate discharge plans.
- Psychologists (as needed) are involved in the diagnosis of specific difficulties patients may have with problem solving, memory or concentration. Psychological treatment may also help patients and families adjust to disabilities and lifestyle changes.
- Chaplains provide spiritual support for patients and families through their recovery.
- Dietitians assist patients in adjusting to changes in their diet and nutritional needs.
This specialized team of clinicians unites with one goal in mind: to see that patients are able to return home. Patients requiring further rehabilitation services after discharge can return to the same unit for their outpatient care (based on their physician’s recommendation), with the added comfort of familiar surroundings and friendly faces.