A Personal Approach to Short-Term Rehab
The Subacute Rehabilitation program at Helen Hayes Hospital offers an expanded level of service to patients in need of rehabilitation care and/or skilled nursing services before returning home. The flexibility of the program in caring for patients at different stages of the rehabilitation process makes it an ideal option for individuals either beginning or continuing their rehabilitation treatment.
Subacute rehabilitation is well suited for individuals who may not be medically able to participate in full-day, intensive therapy, such as those with orthopedic injuries who are not yet weight-bearing. These individuals may be functioning at a relatively high level, but require training to master certain tasks, such as stair climbing, before returning home.
Subacute rehabilitation is also appropriate for those recovering from hip or knee surgery, fractures, other orthopedic conditions, exacerbation of chronic illness and/or medically deconditioned due to surgery, injury, or other complications. Generally, individuals in need of short-term rehabilitation, who are medically stable, motivated to participate and who show reasonable potential to achieve their rehabilitation goals within a relatively short time are candidates for the subacute program. Patients typically are admitted directly from an acute care hospital once their condition has stabilized.
Customized Treatment Plan
Following a thorough evaluation by a team of physicians, nurses, and therapists, a treatment plan will be customized in conjunction with the patient to meet their needs and goals. Most individuals require a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/swallowing therapy, and skilled nursing care.
The treatment team is committed to restoring maximum functioning in the shortest period of time. Treatment goals may include:
- Climbing stairs independently
- Managing daily routines, such as bathing and dressing
- Transfer techniques, such as getting in and out of bed
- Regaining strength and endurance