A 24/7 Rehabilitation Environment Focused on Optimal Recovery
Summit Rehabilitation is a 15-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit located at Tift Regional Medical Center. While the rehabilitation unit is a separate and distinct unit of the hospital, patients have immediate access to the latest technologies and healthcare expertise available at Tift Regional. Under the direction of a medical director with rehabilitation expertise, patients receive treatment from a highly-qualified therapy and rehabilitation nursing staff 24-hours-a day, seven-days-a-week.
Medicare has specific guidelines for those who can be admitted to the rehabilitation unit. A very high percentage of patients admitted have one of the following diagnoses:
- Stroke - Major Multiple Trauma
- Neurological conditions - Congenital Deformity
- Brain Injury - Amputation
- Spinal Cord Injury - Burns
- Fracture of the femur head - Systemic arthritis effecting multiple joints
- Some joint replacements (e.g., bilateral)
In addition, Medicare requires that all patients must need to receive care in an intense, inpatient program in a hospital. In other words, the patients must have both a medical and a rehabilitation need to be in the hospital. In this type of program, the patient will receive a minimum of three hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy for a minimum of five days per week.
In order to make sure that patients meet the admission criteria for Summit Rehabilitation, the medical director reviews all referrals for admission and makes the final decision concerning admission.
The Interdisciplinary Team Approach
All of the patients admitted to Summit Rehabilitation receive treatment from a team of rehabilitation professionals, which may include the following: the physician, rehabilitation nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, social worker, dietician and others.
All team members are focused on having the patient accomplish goals that will allow them to return to everyday living, as independently as possible. These goals are “functional” goals, such as eating, bathing, dressing, walking, going up-and-down stairs, bowel/bladder management and memory and problem solving. Families are also involved in the ongoing treatment, to make sure that discharge from Summit Rehabilitation will be as easy as possible.
The length of time that a patient stays in rehabilitation is usually well over a week, and sometimes over two weeks in length. Every week, the team has a conference to discuss the patient’s progress, discharge plan, estimated length of stay and goals that need to be accomplished before discharge is possible. The patient and the family may participate in this conference as recommended by the rehabilitation physician.
Unlike the rest of the hospital, patients wear street clothes, eat meals in the dining room and are out of bed and involved in therapy for a great part of the day. The days spent in Summit Rehabilitation are full of activity, and a patient’s desire and ability to participate is critical for success.
The ultimate goal of the team is to make sure that the patient has achieved their highest functional status possible prior to discharge from the hospital. Because of the family involvement in the patient’s rehabilitation program, the visiting hours are different than for the rest of the hospital. For Summit Rehabilitation, the visiting hours are 4:00 - 9:00 PM (Monday through Friday) and – (Saturday and Sunday). At these times, the patients most likely will have completed their therapy for the day which is one of the main reasons they have been admitted to Summit Rehabilitation.
Quite often, patients will need to continue to receive therapy, nursing or other specialized services after being discharged from Summit Rehabilitation. These services may be provided through outpatient or home health services. In addition, the patient may need assistive equipment to be able to function in the community, such as a cane, bench for the shower, etc. This equipment will be ordered for the patient, as well as all services and appointments will be made before the patient leaves the hospital.
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