During Your ARU Stay
Your rehabilitation team strives to communicate effectively with you, the patient, your family or caregivers and each other on a daily basis through a number of channels:
Prior to discharge the social worker may schedule a family conference if needed. This conference involves the entire treatment team, family, and the patient The purpose of this meeting is to review the patient's progress, to make recommendations for continued treatment, and to develop an appropriate aftercare plan.
Prior to a patient's discharge, it is recommended that a family participate in at least one training day. This provides the chance for family members or caregivers to have hands-on instruction by the treatment team in order to facilitate improved function, independence and safety in the discharge environment. Each therapist will schedule a specific time within the training day and will demonstrate specific techniques and strategies that family members will be expected to exhibit upon discharge. The therapists also provide instruction so that family members can effectively determine their ability to provide the specified level of care. Staff is always available for guidance and questions; however, this scheduled training day is an excellent time for one-to-one interaction.
In preparation for discharge, occasionally, a home evaluation may be indicated. The patient is taken to their home accompanied by a family member and therapist. The patient is then asked to demonstrate their ability to function in their own environment. Patient's family/caregivers are responsible for making recommended changes prior to patient's discharge. Recommendations can include adding grab bars in the bathroom, installing tub bench or commode, rearranging furniture, removing throw rugs or raising height of the patient's favorite chair.
The patient's treatment is tailored on an hour by hour basis due to the constant communication among the team members, including the patients. This facilitates optimum progress for the patient toward meeting the functional goals in the shortest period of time.
Activities addressed during a typical patient's stay include:
• Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, toileting, handwriting, cooking, and basic housekeeping
• Speech therapy to help patients with speaking, reading, writing or swallowing.
• Bladder and bowel retraining
• Activities to improve mobility, muscle control, gait (walking), and balance
• Exercise programs to improve movement, prevent or decrease weakness by lack of use, manage spasticity and pain, and maintain range of motion
• Social and behavioral skills retraining
• Awareness of community support groups
• Activities to improve cognitive impairments, such as problems with attention, memory, and poor judgment
• Help with obtaining assistive devices that promote independence
• Patient and family education and training
• Safety and independence measures and home care needs
• Nutritional counseling
We also host monthly free blood pressure screenings and stroke support groups.