Typical Day in Rehab
From your first therapy session to your last check-in, our goal is to
help you recover as fully as possible. When you fi rst arrive, you'll
be evaluated on activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, and walking
or wheelchair usage, as well as your personal goals. This information
will be used to develop your personalized treatment plan. You'll be
evaluated again when you leave to measure your progress and help your
team assess what help you will need when you go home.
Your team will help guide you throughout your stay, but if you've
never been in an inpatient rehabilitation program, you probably want to
know what your stay will be like.
Here's what you can expect during a typical day:
You may not have thought about your morning routine in the past, but as
you recover, day-to-day tasks such as taking a shower or getting dressed
may be challenging. Eachmorning, a nurse or occupational therapist will
help with these and other daily tasks, as well as provide training and
support so you can learn to do as much as possible by yourself. These
personal tasks are known as activities of daily living or "ADLs,"
and include bathing, dressing and self-feeding. Learning how to manage
ADLs is a critical step in regaining your independence. A nurse will also
assist you with your medications. Once you're ready for the day, you'll
have breakfast before your morning therapy sessions. This typically includes
two sessions, with a combination of physical, occupational and/or speech
therapies. Therapy can involve strength training, techniques for managing
ADLs and/or memory training. There are breaks between the sessions and
as needed during them.
The lunch break begins around noon. Relax and enjoy your meal to help
you recover from the morning session and fuel up for the afternoon. Therapists
will work with those who need help with swallowing or eating, or require
training for an adaptive device.
After your lunch break you will continue with your therapy sessions. As
with the morning sessions, you'll have a combination of therapies
and opportunities to take a break between or during sessions, as needed.
If you need to use a cane, walker, or wheelchair, your therapy sessions
would help you adjust to and use your assistive device.
Your day concludes with dinner and time to spend with your family or other
visitors. Therapy is over for the day, and it's time to relax and
spend time in quiet activities. Nursing staff will help you get ready
for the night and reinforce what was learned in therapy so that your journey
to greater independence continues after therapy has ended.
Sleep refreshes your mind and body and your only "task" is to
get the sleep you need to be ready for the next day. If you need assistance
during the night, use the call light in your room and a nurse will come
and help you.
For more information please call (213) 482-2716.
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