After you arrive in your room, many different staff members will be doing their evaluations. This means they will ask you questions and try to establish your current physical and cognitive abilities and limitations. Also, a business office representative will be coming to your room to get insurance information and consents for treatment.
You will be assigned to a Case Manager. The Case Manager serves as a liaison between the rehabilitation center and your family or caregiver. Your Case Manager will also be responsible for providing updates on the status of your therapies, coordinating the discharge process and arranging for any follow-up services that you may need.
The most important person on the team is you, our patient. You and your family know what you need to be able to do at home. You can help us by sharing the details of your discharge destination. We need you to help us in meeting your goals. Your injury affects what you do every day — from eating and dressing to meal preparation, homemaking skills and recreational activities. That is why we have an interdisciplinary team of professionals to help you. We provide care using the team approach.
We try to place patients with similar medical problems together on the same team. Professionals from rehabilitation nursing and a physiatrist (who is a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation) will be on your treatment team. Your treatment team will also include professionals from any or all of the following departments: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Recreation, Psychology, Neuro-Psychology, Respiratory Therapy and Audiology.
As our patient, you have the right to privacy to the extent we are able to provide it while giving you treatment and care. Please be aware that your name may be posted in several locations throughout the center to help your family and treatment team keep track of your therapy schedule. When you arrive, we will discuss the PIN number. This will allow you to determine who has access to information regarding your rehab stay.
As your first full day of therapy begins, you will have a card placed on the back of your wheelchair with your schedule, and our transporter staff will take you to each place throughout the day. You need to be able to participate in at least three hours of intensive rehabilitation therapy a day. You may receive as much as five to six hours a day. Typically, most patients receive therapy between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., with rest breaks in between. Some days your therapy might start as early as 6:30 a.m. or go until 6 p.m. in an effort to help you re-learn your dressing and hygiene routine. You may also receive therapy on the weekends and holidays. Once you are able to move better, as part of your therapy you may be expected to bring yourself to your therapies.
The facility that you are currently in is responsible for arranging your transportation to Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center. Upon discharge from the rehabilitation center, your family member or caregiver will be responsible for providing your transportation home.
You may be wondering if there is a difference between the rehabilitation and acute-care setting. Rehabilitation professionals are educated to teach you and your family to do as much for yourselves as possible. We want to increase your independence; so, instead of doing things for you, we will teach you and your family how to do activities safely and efficiently. Of course, we will help with things that you cannot do at first. Our rehabilitation nurses work with such areas as medication, toileting, bowel and bladder, and safety (activities of daily living) — and reinforce with you and your family or caregiver those things that are taught in other therapies