The Rehabilitation team
includes a wide range of professionals specializing in
Each member of your team is
trained to work closely with you and your family to further your
recovery process at the Rehabilitation Hospital. Your care will
be coordinated by an attending physician and discussed
frequently by the team through team meetings. In addition,
family conferences will be scheduled as needed to maximize
family involvement and address care management issues once
discharged from The Rehabilitation Hospital.
The physician, who is either a physiatrist (rehabilitation
medicine) or a neurologist, will provide medical management
and coordinate your rehabilitation program provided by the
Your case manager will help you and your family cope with
the recovery process, as well as understand your
rehabilitation program. The case manager serves as your
liaison among your team of treatment professionals, your
family, your insurance carrier, and resources in the
The nurses and nursing assistants provide direct personal
care. Using the nursing process the nurse is responsible for
planning the nursing care necessary in your rehabilitation
program. Your nurse also shares a key role in patient and
The physical therapist will help you develop strength,
endurance and coordination to improve your function. You
will work with your therapist to become more independent
with bed mobility, wheelchair mobility and, if appropriate,
The occupational therapist works to coordinate your physical
and mental abilities with the activities of daily living.
Your therapist will teach you special skills and if needed,
provide adaptive equipment to allow you to be as independent
as possible in your self-care. The therapist will also work
with you if you have any problems with sensation,
coordination, balance, thinking, and visual perception.
Communication, swallowing, and thinking are skills our
speech/language pathologist address. Difficulties in these
areas may affect all other areas of your rehabilitation.
Through practice, teaching new techniques and strategies,
our speech/language pathologist can help you improve your
Your dietitian is responsible for evaluating, developing and
implementing a plan to meet your nutritional needs.
Nutrition is a very important part of your recovery process.
A neuropsychologist may be asked to see you by your
attending physician. By concentrating on your psychological
needs, the neuropsychologist may contribute to your
rehabilitation program. Through psychological testing and
counseling, you and your family will better understand the
type of injury that you have sustained. As you continue
through your recovery, this professional may be working with
you in the area of thinking and behavioral retraining.