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Acutely ill persons may experience many complications related to their medical complications/surgeries. Acute care physical therapy can help reduce, or even eliminate, some of these complications. Patients may benefit from physical therapy to regain their ability to walk, balance themselves, and move safely in their home environment. Acute care physical therapy may include:
- Activities of daily living, such as moving in bed, sitting up, getting out of bed, and getting to a chair or wheelchair.
- Exercise prescription, specific to the medical condition or surgical procedure
- Recommendations for home modifications or medical equipment that will allow a safe and successful discharge
- Ambulation and gait training, including proper prescription, fitting, and instructions in safe use of equipment such as canes, walkers, crutches, etc.
- Training for family and caregivers on how to safely mobilize/assist patients on discharge
- Assist in making discharge recommendations, including the need for further therapy services
Physical therapists have extensive education in recognizing and treating movement dysfunction. Let an acute care physical therapist help you or your family member regain or maintain movement and health!
For more information, please call: (304) 367-7412.
Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. Occupational therapy plays an important role in acute care by facilitating early mobilization, restoring function, preventing further decline, and coordinating care, including transition and discharge planning.
- Train families and caregivers to assist with range-of-motion exercises, safe transfers and mobility, and skin checks
- Develop home programs and instruct patients, family members, and caregivers in how to use the programs to continue rehabilitation after discharge.
- Fabricate or provide assistive devices and protective orthoses and splints, and train patients in their use, to promote healing and maximize independence.
- Contribute to safe discharge planning, including recommendations for transitioning to the next level of care.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a good understanding of the match between the patient’s needs, abilities, and environment, which assists the patient’s successful transition to the home, community, or next level of care. An acute care occupational therapist can you help you and/or your loved one regain the skills to live life to the fullest!
For more information, please call: (304) 367-7560.
Speech –language Pathologist offer treatment for communication for both expressive and receptive language, cognition, and swallowing disorders. Speech therapy provides patient specific treatment for the patient to return to their best quality of life. Speech therapists in the acute care setting have extensive knowledge regarding swallow disorders, treatment, and determining a patient’s safest diet to consume. Speech therapy in the acute care setting offers:
- Evaluates and treatment of swallowing difficulties in patient populations of aspiration pneumonia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, complaints of food sticking, difficulty swallowing, extreme weight loss with in geriatrics, head and neck cancer patients with affected swallow.
- Completion of modified barium swallow studies carried out in radiology with radiology technician and radiologist provided information regarding swallow ability, anatomy, ruling out aspiration, and further directing treatment.
- Evaluation and treatment of speech and language deficits with in patient population such as: stroke, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s.
- Evaluation and treatment of cognitive deficits with in dementia, stroke, and TBI.
- Modalities provided are neuromuscular electrical stimulation of swallow muscles, deep pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation (DPNS) for treatment of swallow disorders, electrical stimulation of facial muscle after stroke for facial droop.
- Speech therapists participate in discharge planning to provide patient with the next step of rehabilitation and healing after his/her hospital stay.
Please allow speech therapist to treat you /or your loved one’s needs while in the acute care setting.