Physician: While you are a patient at PARC, your attending physician will be a "physiatrist", that means a physician who specializes in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Your physiatrist will help lead your interdisciplinary team to help you restore maximum function. Physiatrists serve all age groups and treat problems that affect all of the major systems in the body.
Nursing: When you are referred to PARC, the nursing process will begin with our admission coordinator. This person will work with your physician to determine if you meet our admission requirements. The admission coordinator will also work with your insurance company to ensure a smooth transition of care.
Almost 40 percent of the registered nurses working on our unit are certified as rehab or geriatric specialits. Certification is important: Research tells us that having certified specialty nurses on the unit improves patient outcomes. PARC has a higher ratio of RNs on staff than the other facilities we measure ourselves against. PARC nurses have each been practicing, on average, for 15 years within the rehab setting. They focus on teaching the skills needed for medication management, bowel and bladder care, and proper skin care. In addition, because our nurses are part of the rehabilitation team, they have the skill and knowledge to reinforce what you learn during your therapy sessions. This level of involvement with your care is proven to help improve your function faster.
Physical therapy: Your stay at PARC will include daily physical therapy. After a comprehensive evaluation, you will work with your therapist to develop a treatment plan based on your condition. This plan will be designed to improve the quality of your muscle tone, coordination, range of motion, balance, strength, endurance and joint flexibility. You'll get help with functional activities, such as bed mobility, transfers, wheelchair mobility, walking and using mobility equipment. Your therapy may also involve pre-prosthetic and orthotic evaluations, as well as equipment recommendations and fittings. Physical therapy will help you return to functioning as independently as possible.
Occupational therapy: An occupational therapist focuses on assessing and teaching the skills you will need to adapt your physical ability to your activities of daily living. You will learn to manage your personal needs, such as dressing, bathing and using adaptive equipment. Your occupational therapist will help you improve the use of your fingers and hands, your perceptual skills, your eye-hand coordination and your performance on cognitive testing. In some cases, your occupational therapist may create and fit splints for you.
Speech-language pathology: A speech-language pathologist evaluates and treats disorders involving speech, language, reading, writing, cognition, swallowing and voice. This expert may evaluate your need for an alternative communication system or hearing evaluation. Your speech-language pathologist will help you improve your cognitive abilities and social skills, including your use of language in social situations. He or she will help you problem-solve and recall important information. Your speech-language pathologist will evaluate your ability to swallow and, if necessary, will create a treatment plan to help you learn safe swallowing precautions and improve your swallowing ability. Your diet may also be modified.
Recreational therapy: This specialist may evaluate your leisure interests and skills, help you interact in group activities on the unit and participate in off-campus community outings. Activities that may be offered to you during your time at PARC include gardening, exercising, shopping, playing games and music, attending concerts and other community events and making crafts. You will also be put in touch with community resources that can help you plan leisure activities after you leave PARC.
Family: Families play an important part of the recovery team. We understand that families and patients are often concerned about changes in lifestyle, roles and responsibilities that can result from major medical events. We will help your family prepare for your homecoming. We will also teach your family how to care for you while respecting your independence and dignity.
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