unit that combines a home-like atmosphere with state-of-the art rehabilitation services to help patients recover as fast as possible. The unit on the hospital’s seventh floor serves patients who are recovering from neurological and cardiac disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, amputation and orthopedic treatments, among other conditions that might require inpatient occupational, physical or speech therapy. “The new rehabilitation unit provides more seamless care for NCH patients who will have access to rehabilitation specialists and services without leaving the hospital campus,” Scogna said. “Our staff is helping people overcome physical limitations and become more independent again.” The rehabilitation unit features a gym for physical and occupational therapy and an activity room and dining area for patients. Patients stay in private rooms and receive around-the-clock care from NCH physiatrists, rehabilitation doctors, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers and nutritionists. Patients will stay, on average, between 10 and 14 days at the Rehabilitation Care Unit where they receive intensive therapy sessions to improve strength, endurance, motor control and stability for three hours each day. Physical therapists work with patients to improve their ability to stand, walk, climb steps or push themselves in a wheelchair. “Patients receive specialized attention from doctors, nurses and
therapists to ensure that they are making good progress,” said Dr. Vijay Rajaram, medical director of the inpatient rehabilitation unit. “Studies show that patients’ chances of being admitted, or readmitted, to the hospital due to complications are lower after receiving such attentive care.” Occupational therapists work with patients on daily activities, such as dressing, bathing, eating and tasks involving household chores. Patients also work on strengthening weak muscles, how to conserve energy and accomplishing daily activities using special equipment. Patients also can participate in animal-assisted therapy sessions, which have been proven to help patients recover quicker. NCH’s animalassisted therapy program has more than 70 dog and handler teams who make hospital-wide visits 365 days each year.
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