Inpatient rehabilitation helps patients regain strength, mobility and function to achieve their highest level of independence. The 56-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit at the Valley Health Specialty Hospital offers specialized rehabilitation care programs for those recovering from debilitating injuries or illnesses including:
- Parkinson’s and other brain and neurological disorders
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Orthopedic surgeries
The team also works with amputees, burn victims, and those suffering major trauma and other disabling conditions.
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy
The inpatient rehabilitation team at the Valley Health Specialty Hospital offers an extensive rehabilitation program. This includes physical, occupational and speech therapy programs based on the individual needs of the patient. Specialized rehabilitation services in neurological, spinal and orthopedic therapy are available.
An in-hospital rehabilitation center offers patients several advantages over skilled nursing facilities or other post-acute rehabilitation settings. There is a seamless transition from the acute care to the therapy setting at the hospital.
For more information about inpatient rehabilitation, call us at 702-777-7100.
Successful Rehab Requires Active Participation
Inpatient rehabilitation is a transition from hospital to home. At the Valley Health Specialty Hospital patients receive intensive therapy each day, so active participation in the program is critical to their recovery. To encourage success, the rehabilitation team asks patients to:
- Participate fully in therapy. Be ready for each activity based on a daily schedule.
- Get active by getting out of bed, getting dressed and sitting in a chair for meals. The more active you are, the stronger you will become.
- Communicate with the team, especially about your recovery goals and a discharge plan.
- Be proactive about pain, which can hinder progress. Talk to the staff so they can assist.
- Stay active on weekends to continue to build strength, endurance and stamina.
Family members and caregivers are also critical to the recovery process. The rehab team will provide training in many areas and caregivers are asked to participate in rehabilitation activities. This will help them know how to provide the best assistance and care at home.
Therapists at the Valley Health Specialty Hospital have expertise in spinal, neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation.
Neurological rehabilitation treatments help patients with central nervous system disorders improve function in their sensory, motor and cognitive skills. Family members are encouraged to be involved in the rehabilitation process. This will help them learn how to care for the patient until their independence is restored. Neurological rehabilitation can benefit those with the following neurological conditions:
- Brain or spinal cord tumors or trauma
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Vascular disorders such as stroke, blood clots, and impaired blood flow affecting the nervous system
- Bell’s palsy — a weakness or paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face
- Cervical spondylosis — neck pain due to a wearing of the disks and vertebrae
- Muscular dystrophy — a progressive weakness of muscle and loss of muscle mass, making it difficult to perform everyday activities such as walking or swallowing
- Myasthenia gravis — a fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups, which can cause drooping eyelid, blurred vision, chronic muscle fatigue and difficulty swallowing
- Parkinson’s disease — affects movement and gradually takes away motor abilities
- Multiple sclerosis — involves damage to the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, which may lead to impairment of speech, blurred vision and severe fatigue
- Alzheimer’s disease — the most common form of dementia among the older generation
Spinal rehabilitation is used to correct injuries to the spine and other areas that may be affected by spinal injuries. This includes the vertebrae, spinal disks and muscle tissue surrounding the spine. Spinal rehab can benefit patients recovering from orthopedic surgery and those suffering from spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, disc degeneration, paralysis and paraplegia.
Therapies used in spinal rehabilitation include:
- Gait, stair and transfer training
- Relaxation techniques
- Postural education
- Post-surgical spinal precaution training
- Back injury prevention
- Adaptive equipment training
- Activities of daily living (ADL) training
- Muscle strengthening and stimulation including Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) technology. FES uses low-level electrical current to stimulate muscle movement and restore movements such as standing or stepping.
Inpatient orthopedic rehabilitation treats patients who are recovering from injuries that affect the skeletal and muscular systems. The goal is to help patients recover lost skills, improve range of motion and create strategies that will help them live independently. Orthopedic rehab can benefit patients affected by:
- Back and neck injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Foot and ankle pain
- Hip, wrist, elbow and other fractures
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Knee sprains
- Muscle strains
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Sports injuries
- Traumatic injuries
- Work-related injuries
Inpatient Rehabilitation at the Valley Health Specialty Hospital is open to patients of any physician who has privileges at a Valley Health System hospital. To be eligible for inpatient rehabilitation, patients should:
- Be medically stable
- Require regular, supervised care by a rehabilitation physician
- Require 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care
- Need at least two types of therapy
- Be able to participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy, five days a week
- Have the potential to improve their functional skill, including the ability to return or move to a supportive living environment
- Be motivated to participate in the program
When you choose the Valley Health Specialty Hospital for inpatient rehabilitation, you will receive the full continuum of services and care. Our multi-disciplinary team includes:
- Rehabilitation Nurses — Provide 24-hour medical care and support. They help manage medications and reinforce therapy goals, and are resources to patients and their families.
- Physical Therapists — Your physical therapists will focus on coordination, balance and gait training. They will help design a program to help you improve your mobility and strength.
- Occupational Therapists — When you improve function, you can return to your highest level of independence. Occupational therapists focus on ADLs, including bathing, dressing and self-care activities. They also identify specialty equipment you may need following discharge.
- Speech Therapists — Our speech and language pathologists treat speech and swallowing disorders. They can help you enhance your cognition and comprehension, verbal expression, listening, reading and writing. They can also help improve your attention, memory and problem-solving skills.
- Case Managers — Your case manager acts as your liaison and works closely with you and your family. Your case manager helps establish your discharge plan and sets up home care and outpatient services needed following your discharge.
Inpatient Rehabilitation General Information
Patients will need a week’s supply of clothing. This should include loose fitting shirts and pants or shorts; sturdy, non-skid, low-heeled shoes or sneakers; undergarments and nightgown/pajamas and robe. Be sure to remember personal items such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, cosmetics and toiletries. Leave valuables such as cash and jewelry at home.
Your safety and well-being is our top priority. Please follow these guidelines while in our facility:
- Do not get out of bed or out of your chair until you check with your nurse or until your therapists tell you it is safe
- To ensure your safety, always make sure the brakes on your wheelchair are locked when you are not moving
- Make sure there are no obstacles around you before you get out of your wheelchair
When you begin your rehabilitation, you will receive a walker and wheelchair (if needed) for use while you are here. Your therapists will recommend equipment you may need following discharge. Your case manager will work with your family to secure any needed equipment. If you or your family purchases durable medical equipment, please let your therapists and case manager know.