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Rehabilitation - Inpatient Services

Our 21-bed acute rehabilitation unit is located on the second floor of Berkshire Medical Center , where we provide an intensive rehabilitation program customized to meet each patient’s individual needs and expectations. Through a comprehensive team approach involving patients, families and staff, we work together to reach each patient’s goals and achieve maximum independence in all areas.

To be admitted to the rehabilitation unit, a patient must:

  • Be medically stable
  • Have difficulty with mobility (either walking, or in a wheelchair), self-care activities (such as toileting, dressing, or feeding), or communication skills (i.e. speech or language problems)
  • Need 24-hour care by rehabilitation physicians and nurses
  • Have a reasonable expectation for improvement

Four components of the inpatient program are:

Assessment
Patients are assessed by members of the rehab team to determine their current level of functioning, as well as their strengths and limitations. Together with the patient and family, goals are identified and a treatment plan to accomplish them is established. This process is repeated on a regular basis throughout the patient’s stay.

Treatment
Therapy is scheduled for approximately 3 hours each weekday. This consists of physical and occupational therapy, as well as speech therapy and recreation therapy when appropriate. Social Work is also available to provide supportive counseling to patients and families as needed. Some patients are scheduled for therapy on Saturdays.

Family Training and Education
Families are strongly encouraged to participate in the rehabilitation program. Therapists and nursing staff provide education and training as needed to teach family members how to properly assist patients.

Discharge Planning
Preparation for discharge occurs throughout the program. The rehab team recommends any medical equipment or assistive devices needed for discharge, provides home exercise programs and instructions, and coordinates appropriate follow-up services.



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