Your interdisciplinary rehabilitation team may consist of the following specialists:
Dr. Flora Hammond
Physiatrist and Medical Director
Dr. Jessica Kluetz
will be seen regularly by a physiatrist, who is a doctor of physical
medicine and rehabilitation. Your physiatrist is responsible for
determining your individual treatment and discharge plan. The
physiatrist works in collaboration with your rehab team to design and
direct the best possible program for your needs.
Your rehabilitation nurses and therapists will be working closely
together to reinforce rehab techniques while you are on the nursing
unit. The nurses at RHI have a strong background in medical-surgical
nursing and many have had extensive experience in the critical care
setting. They will encourage you to do as much as you can for yourself
to practice what you learn in your therapies.
Occupational Therapist (OT)
Your occupational therapist will help you become more independent in
everyday living. He or she will work with you on dressing, bathing, and
grooming and other skills you will need to take care of yourself. The
occupational therapist will use specialized equipment and techniques to
help you if necessary.
Physical Therapist (PT)
Your physical therapist will develop a plan to help you learn how to
move again, as well as help you build strength and endurance. As you
progress, you will work on becoming more independent in a wheelchair,
walking alone or walking with devices such as canes or walkers.
Speech/Language Therapist (SLP)
When necessary, a speech therapist will evaluate and treat your
communication, swallowing, memory and thinking skills. If needed,
alternate ways of communicating can be explored and provided.
The discharge planner is here to support you and your caregivers
during your rehabilitation process. They will be a link between you and
the treatment team through regular conversation and updates regarding
your progress. He or she promotes the ongoing participation of both you
and your caregivers in discussions of your plans, goals, and status. In
addition, your discharge planner is responsible for assisting with your
discharge arrangements and helping you with follow-up and support
services needed after you leave. If you have questions of concerns about
your care, please talk with your discharge planner.
Respiratory Therapist (RT)
When indicated, the respiratory therapist will help you maintain
strong and healthy breathing. This therapy may include exercises and
testing as needed.
Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
When necessary, a rehabilitation psychologist or neuropsychologist
will help you and your caregivers cope with your illness and disability
through counseling and education. They may also evaluate you for
problems with attention, concentration, thinking and memory.
The dietitian can help you meet your nutritional needs by assessing
the adequacy of your diet, can work with the dietary staff to assure
that you receive proper nutrition, and is available to educate you and
your family on how to maintain a proper, and perhaps modified (i.e.
low-salt, low-cholesterol, etc.), diet at home.
Pastoral counseling service will be provided as desired to help meet your spiritual needs.
The Program Director applies the strategic plans of RHI to program
development and implementation. Using planning, leadership and fiscal
management strategies, the Program Director is responsible for program
development, outcomes and patient satisfaction associated with the
assigned program. As the program expert, the Program Director will
network to market the program, will develop relationships with providers
and will be the community resource contact person. The Program Director
provides oversight of clinical staff to provide care to the patient
population served from adolescent age and older based on age-specific
Patient Care Tech
To provide selected direct and indirect patient care activities for
those members of the rehabilitation population from adolescent age
upward. Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team under the
direct supervision of a licensed rehab team member, to provide patient
services. Observes and reports patient comfort and safety needs,
potential problems, and behaviors with an awareness of the needs of the
patient in order to provide input to the staff nurse in an organized
efficient manner for use in patient assessment and care planning.