Rebuilding With Rehabilitation

When recovering from illness or injury, it’s critically important to find a comprehensive program to get patients back to normal activities, says Erasmus Morfe, DO, medical director.

“When somebody has a brain injury, for example, it can be difficult to do things we take for granted.” Generally speaking, rehab focuses on three areas:
Physical: walking safely and maintaining balance
Speech: improving cognition and making sure patients are swallowing properly
Occupational: performing daily activities, such as dressing and grooming, and then progressing to more complex tasks

Housing a rehabilitation center in a hospital setting allows physicians to stay involved and apprised of progress, Morfe says. It’s always preferable for family members to stay involved, he says, so they know what to expect when the patient goes home. “Sometimes, recovery is a marathon.”

Rehabilitation experts specialize in the treatment and care of patients recovering from: stroke, orthopedic conditions, spinal cord and brain injuries, trauma, amputations, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other movement disorders, and other disorders and illnesses that decrease function.

A quality rehabilitation hospital provides a safe environment with onsite access to a dedicated interdisciplinary team of specialists who assist each patient in reaching their goals for function and returning to their highest level of independence. Our interdisciplinary teams include:
Expert Physiatrist– physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Full-time Rehabilitation Nurse Practitioner
Specially-trained Rehabilitation Registered Nurses and Certified Nurse Aides
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
Social Work and RN Case Managers
Spiritual care professionals
Respiratory Therapists
Certified Wound Care Registered Nurses
Dietician
Consulting Specialist Physicians
Pet therapy
Full complement of hospital support services and other healthcare professionals to meet the patient’s individualized needs

On the journey to well-being, a patient-focused program involves them in every step of recovery. By focusing on a patients’ abilities, the right dedicated team creates an individualized care plan that encompasses the whole person – mind, body, and soul.

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Alyssa Parker, Marketing Manager with Centura Health (Centers for Rehabilitation at Littleton Adventist Hospital and Porter Adventist Hospital) and may be reached at alyssaparker@centura.org.