When choosing a rehabilitation provider, patients often look at the expertise of the staff and length of time they have provided physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy at the facility. Patients select Olde Knox Commons because of the staff and state of the art therapy equipment. Our facility is able to provide enhanced therapy services through a variety of modalities that reach deeper tissues to promote more effective healing. Diathermy is a heat modality that assists with decreasing pain. We provide neuromuscular re-education through electrical stimulation. And our speech therapists are able to provide electrical stimulation to the throat muscles to improve one’s ability to swallow. When a patient is engaged in these enhanced services, they have a more positive experience during their regular therapy sessions.
Within twenty-four hours following admission, patients are seen by a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist. Depending on the needs of the patient, Speech Therapy may also be part of the evaluation process. After the evaluation, the interdisciplinary team discusses a plan of care with the patient and their family and looks at a realistic time frame the patient will achieve their goals for a safe discharge back to their prior living setting. This projected time frame can change depending on the progress a patient makes.
Physical Therapy provides services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent disabilities that have resulted from injury or disease. They work to retrain the body’s muscles to maximize strength, balance, coordination, and joint movement. The ultimate goal of Physical Therapy is to maximize mobility and minimize pain by working on gait training, transfers, strengthening, balance and exercise. They also provide modalities such as electrical muscle stimulation and diathermy to expedite recovery. Other special areas of impairment that can be assisted with physical therapy intervention is wound-care, lower body contractures and bracing, and prosthetic training for amputees.
Occupational Therapy works with people who have experienced a loss of skills that make every day manageable. They enable people to do the day to day activities that are important to them by overcoming or compensating for physical impairments and limitations. The purpose of Occupational Therapy is to facilitate one’s independence in whatever must be accomplished throughout the day such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, toileting, and home management. This is also done through education on adaptive equipment such as shower benches and adaptive dressing and feeding aides and through energy conservation techniques. Other areas of focus for occupational therapists are wheelchair positioning, upper body contractures, and splinting.
Speech Language Pathologists treat people who have experienced a loss of communication skills, such as speaking and understanding speech, or a loss of cognitive function. They can identify language problems and help to improve a patient’s ability to express their wants, needs, and desires. They also provide very specialized services to people who have swallowing difficulties thus helping to restore their ability to safely eat foods and drink beverages that they enjoy.
Transitional Rehabilitation Services
Transitional Rehabilitation Services provide intensive 7 day a week therapy for patients following orthopedic surgical procedures, both planned and unplanned. Our Social Worker coordinates discharge planning needs from day of admission to aide in a smooth transition home and lower risk of hospital readmission. Social Work also attends surgical follow up appointments wit our orthopedic patients to ensure appropriate communications takes place between integral parts of our interdisciplinary Team. Typical length of stay for orthopedic surgical patient is 14 days or less, contingent on clinical stability.
Journey to Recovery
Journey to recovery is our initial meeting held between our interdisciplinary team, the patient, and the family. This meeting serves to provide information to both our staff and the family in regards to the specific needs of the patient, including evaluation results and review of the cumulative care plan. This meeting also assists our Discharge Planner with preparation for discharge and potential for additional services that may be needed at home.