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3 MEDICAL CARE Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation The Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation Center is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary inpatient unit. Medical care is directed by a physician specially trained in rehabilitation medicine. Daily medical physician visits ensure medical stability and optimal functional recovery. Patient goals of the Center s medical physician and nursing team include: Medical stability Pain control Wound monitoring and prevention of skin breakdown Recovery of normal bladder and bowel function Education of the patient and caregivers to promote functional independence Reintegration of the patient back to the community Center Upon completion of the program our team of rehabilitation professionals will provide a comprehensive discharge plan for continued rehabilitation at the level most appropriate for the patient, including any specialized equipment needs. Continuing appointments with primary care physicians and specialists will be made to assist patients and families at discharge. 2

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5 Physical Therapy PHYSICAL THERAPY Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation Physical Therapists (PTs) enable patients to achieve the highest possible return of function. The physical therapists work with patients to help decrease pain while improving strength, endurance, balance and range of motion. The techniques they teach can be incorporated at home for continued improvement. The goals of physical therapy may include: Restoring function Improving mobility and independence Improving endurance Teaching lifestyle changes to prevent re-injury Types of diagnoses treated include: Orthopedic Back and neck surgeries Joint replacements Fractures Multiple trauma Amputations Neurology Spinal dysfunction/cord injury Brain injury Stroke Geriatrics Pain Management 4

6 Speech Therapy Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work with adults who demonstrate deficits in the area of communication, speech, cognition and feeding/swallowing. The SLP also works closely with the patients caregivers and/or family members to provide education and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is specific to the needs of the individual. We work with adults with a wide range of diagnoses, including but not limited to the following: Adults: Aphasia Cognitive deficits Multiple Sclerosis Dysphagia (Swallowing disorders) Stuttering disorders Tracheotomy Traumatic brain injury Stroke Dysarthria (difficulty pronouncing words) Parkinson s Disease Voice disorders The SLP is a critical member of the patient s team, and works closely with other professionals to deliver services which consider the whole person, not just one aspect of care. SLPs may work closely with audiologists, nurses, doctors, case managers, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, teachers and other professionals, as well as parents, family members, and caregivers, in order to best serve the needs of the patient. The SLP is also knowledgeable of community resources, and can assist in making appropriate referrals for services after discharge. 5

7 Occupational Therapy Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation occupational therapists work with patients to maximize their independence and safety with everyday life activities such as dressing, bathing, toileting and cooking. This prepares patients to return to independent living and/ or maximize functional ability. Occupational therapy provides treatment programs based on purposeful activity and can benefit adults who are recovering from illness, injuries and disabilities. The goals of treatment include: Attaining improved mobility, joint flexibility, muscle strength, gross and fine motor skills Adjusting socially and emotionally Learning to use prosthetic devices Learning self-care skills, job skills, and leisure and group activities Preparing for independent living In some cases occupational therapists design and make splints and other equipment to help people adapt to injury or illness. Each person s treatment is based on his or her abilities, interests, education, and occupational background. Many kinds of treatment may be used to help the patient. Types of diagnosis treated include: Orthopedic Spine Surgeries Joint replacements Fractures Multiple trauma Amputations Neurology Brain injury Stroke Spinal dysfunction/cord injury Geriatrics Pain Management SPEECH AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 6

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