Mercy Rehab Services provides a team approach to care for patients of all ages and all phases of recovery. Utilizing advanced training and state-of-the-art equipment to accommodate unique rehab needs, Mercy’s speech, occupational and physical therapists are devoted to each patient and their individual treatment needs. They are skilled in identifying the treatment techniques best suited to help patients regain independent function. Additionally, at discharge, therapists make recommendations for patients that require further therapy services—including skilled, home care and outpatient services.
Occupational therapy promotes independent functioning and helps restore independence to those who have temporarily lost these abilities due to surgery or illness. In the inpatient setting, occupational therapists help patients regain these essential skills, as well as their overall happiness. Treatments focus on developing the strategies and skills needed to perform activities of daily living—such as bathing, dressing, grooming and homemaking activities. Treatments may also address cognitive issues such as problem solving, money management and safety in the home.
In today’s health care system, physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect an individual’s ability to function as well as they would like in their daily lives. For hospitalized patients, physical therapists provide assistance with walking, range of motion/flexibility, balance and strengthening exercises after surgery or a neurologic event such as a stroke or head injury. Physical therapists also serve those who have sustained traumatic injuries or require burn or wound treatment. Physical therapists can often be found in the critical care units early in the recovery process, helping patients learn how to move around in bed, sit up and progress to standing and walking again. They may also make recommendations for assistive devices—such as walkers, canes and crutches—when needed.
Language is our most human characteristic. Speaking, using sign language, writing and using computerized communication devices are some of the most common ways to express language. Speech therapists assess and treat language and communication, assisting in the development or recovery of communication. Swallowing disorders (dysphagia), particularly after surgery or stroke, can lead to life-threatening infections in the lungs or an inability to ingest the nutrients we need to live. Speech therapists collaborate with radiologists to use video fluoroscopy to observe the swallowing process, make feeding recommendations and provide treatment to improve swallowing function. Cognitive retraining is another area speech therapists provide assistance, focusing on the patient’s ability to communicate and function in social environments.