St. Rita’s health focus: Benefits of rehab at hospital


ST. RITA’SHEALTH FOCUS

By Amber Ball - Guest Column



An acute inpatient rehabilitation and therapy unit provides 24-hour individualized service to you and your family members after an extended hospital stay. The rehab unit’s purpose is to help the individual become as independent as possible and to achieve the best possible quality of life after an illness.

Many are unaware that their local hospitals have inpatient rehabilitation units within them. What this means for the patient and their family is that they can stay within the hospital walls and continue to receive the excellent care from their comprehensive treatment team that have been taking care of them during their extended hospital illness. There are many local nursing homes in the community that have a skilled therapy wing. What makes an acute inpatient rehabilitation experience different is the comprehensive approach of care.

For example, patients who have suffered a stroke need an individualized intense comprehensive treatment team and plan. This will allow them to regain as much independence as possible prior to returning home with their loved ones. On an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit, a patient’s comprehensive treatment team consists of physicians, rehabilitation nurses, dieticians, case managers, physical, occupational, speech, recreational and respiratory therapists.

Acute inpatient rehabilitation units are often located within the medical center. This allows providers to easily see the patients seven days a week. Patients stay in the rehabilitation facility usually for two to three weeks and engage in a coordinated, intensive program. The patient receives three hours of therapy six days per week. The therapy team has special training in specific techniques to assist patients in a faster recovery time.

Studies including those from the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, show that rehabilitation hospitals deliver higher quality care and better results. Similar patients that were treated in an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit return home 14 days sooner than those in skilled nursing facilities. Acute rehabilitation patients are able to be at home 51 days longer and had fewer hospital readmissions. Patients who received early, intense, coordinated treatment in a hospital cased rehabilitation unit live 52 days longer. Patients who experience a brain injury or stroke live more than three months longer. This suggests that care delivered in an inpatient rehabilitation unit is not the same as care delivered in a skilled nursing facility.

The American Stroke Association’s first choice for rehab in stroke patients is inpatient rehabilitation. If you or your loved one ever have an extended illness or suffer from a stroke remember to ask your medical provider to be considered for acute inpatient rehabilitation for your therapy needs prior to returning home with your loved ones.

Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Health Partners has been providing a comprehensive approach to the community’s rehabilitation and therapy needs since 1997. We offer an environment that encourages independence. This unique and therapeutic facility promotes your wellness and confidence. The acute inpatient rehabilitation unit has 18 private rooms. Our highly trained and experienced medical staff are here seven days per week to provide the care that your loved one deserves. We are also proud to be a part of the Mercy Health - St. Rita’s Neuroscience Institute that provides world-class comprehensive care right here at home.

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ST. RITA’SHEALTH FOCUS

By Amber Ball

Guest Column

Amber Ball is the clinical nurse liaison of rehabilitation at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Health Partners, located at 730 W. Market St., 7th floor, Lima, Ohio 45887. To inquire about admission or a tour please call 419-226-9772, or fax a referral to 419-226-9377.

Amber Ball is the clinical nurse liaison of rehabilitation at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Health Partners, located at 730 W. Market St., 7th floor, Lima, Ohio 45887. To inquire about admission or a tour please call 419-226-9772, or fax a referral to 419-226-9377.

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