Successful rehabilitation is a team effort. It comes from the collaboration of determined patients, supportive families, and experienced, compassionate healthcare workers. We are exceptionally proud of the world-class rehabilitation team at The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center.
A physiatrist is a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Each patient's rehabilitation program is led by a physiatrist. The physiatrist works with other rehabilitation professionals to restore or maximize each patient’s functional skills, self-sufficiency, and mobility. Our physiatrists focus on returning patients to home, family, work, and all aspects of community life. Because of this, physical medicine and rehabilitation is often thought of as the "quality-of-life" specialty, adding both life to years and years to life.
The physiatrist leads a multidisciplinary team that may include rehabilitation nurses, therapists, case managers, and others. The team develops individual treatment plans to address each patient’s needs.
Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center offers case management services to all patients. Case managers work with the patients, their families, and insurance providers. They monitor the patient to see that staff recommendations are being followed. They also help file paperwork, arrange future services, and ensure that treatment plans are helping patients reach specific goals in a cost-efficient manner.
Occupational therapists help patients develop their physical resources to improve or maintain their daily living skills. These therapists help people with self-care training such as basic feeding, hygiene, dressing, safety awareness, mobility, memory, visual-spatial awareness, balance, driving, and the use of orthotic equipment.
Our physical therapists thoroughly assess every patient to determine his or her current level of function and potential for improvement. Once the patient’s needs are identified, physical therapists create treatment plans with well-defined goals to help the patient maximize his or her abilities. Physical therapists help with neuromuscular re-education, spinal cord rehabilitation, balance and vestibular issues, gait training, wound care, pain control, prosthetic training, joint mobilization, patient and family education, and much more.
Rehabilitation nursing is a specialized practice within the scope of professional nursing. The goal of rehabilitation nursing is to help people restore and maintain the best health possible.
Rehabilitation nurses are skilled in treating changes in functional ability and lifestyle that may result from physical disability or chronic illness. They provide comfort, promote health, support adaptive capabilities, and promote achievable independence. Rehabilitation nurses also educate patients about medications, diagnoses, disease processes, and recovery. And, they reinforce the teaching and training initiated by other treatment professionals.
The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center has a team of certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRNs). These nurses have obtained their certification by taking a national exam. Our nursing team also consists of registered nurses (R.N.s), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), advanced patient care technicians (APCTs), patient care technicians (PCTs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and unit secretaries.
Rehabilitation includes two specific types of psychological assistance. Neuropsychology assists in the evaluation and treatment of behavioral issues and cognitive abilities such as thinking, problem solving, and memory. Clinical psychology is available to help with emotional adjustments and support after an illness or injury.
Speech language pathologists help people who have disorders that affect their speech, language, voice, swallowing, and more. They may work with people who have experienced a stroke, swallowing disorders, chronic hoarseness, vocal nodules or polyps, dysphonia, or laryngectomy.