*What Your Stay Will Be Like*
ACUTE REHABILITATION UNIT PROGRAM INFORMATION
Welcome to the Queen of the Valley Acute Rehabilitation Unit!
Acute Rehabilitation Unit Scope and Philosophy
- The Services on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit are designed to provide intensive
rehabilitation therapy in an inpatient hospital environment for patients
who have suffered a severe physical impairment.
- Rehabilitation is provided through a collaborative and coordinated interdisciplinary
- The focus of care while on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit is restoring maximal
function and independence. This involves not only “hands-on”
therapy but active participation from the patient, the family, and caregivers.
All patients are encouraged to be out of bed, feed themselves, wear regular
clothing, and participate in the Unit activities.
- During the first few days on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, the patient
will receive an evaluation by the Acute Rehabilitation Unit Team to set
up an individualized therapy plan to meet the needs and goals of the patient.
- In order to facilitate a smooth transition from the Acute Rehabilitation
Unit to the patient’s discharge destination, the Team collaborates
with Home Health Agencies to ensure that the patient will receive continued
Therapy and Nursing Care following the patient’s discharge.
- The Acute Rehabilitation Unit Team will also assist in making formal arrangements
for services such as: Outpatient Therapy, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic/Orthotics
needs, Environmental and Home Modifications, as needed.
- A Resource Center is on the Unit that has information regarding Community
Resources such as Support Groups, Driver Rehabilitation, and Vocational
- Due to certain situations, progress may be slow or not advance. The patient
may require a higher level of care and may need to be discharged from
the Unit. If this were to occur, the patient and/or caregivers will be
notified of the discharge plan and the patient would be evaluated for
readmission when appropriate.
The Acute Rehabilitation Unit Routines
The patient will receive a
Written Disclosure Statement regarding the services that the patient will be receiving while on the
Unit. The information provided will be based on the results of the Rehabilitation
Consult and the evaluations that the patient received after admission.
The treatment Team may modify the service the patient received based on
the individual needs and progress.
Patient evaluations are completed every day of the week, as ordered. In order to meet Inpatient
Rehabilitation Facility provisions, patients are scheduled to receive
3 hours of one on one Therapy 5 out of 7 days per week.
Therapy days are Monday through Saturday. A patient’s treatment schedule is subject
to change, so please check with the Acute Rehabilitation Unit Team regarding
the patient’s daily activities.
The Acute Rehabilitation Unit recognizes
patient confidentiality and privacy. Every effort will be made to provide privacy. The Rehabilitation program
incorporates therapy and family training in functional locations to meet
the therapy needs of the patients. These functional locations include
the activity room and the hallways. If there is an objection to receiving
therapy in these locations, we will provide treatment in the patient’s room.
4. A weekly
Team Conference is held on a designated day of the week. The Acute
Rehabilitation Unit Team, including the Acute Rehabilitation Unit Physician, Nurses,
Therapists, the Case Manager, and/or Social Worker discusses each patient’s services,
goals, progress, and estimated length of stay.
Family Conference will be scheduled with family members soon after admission to the Unit.
Families will be contacted by the Social Worker to arrange a time for
the meeting. The meeting is held in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit Conference
Room. At this time, family members will meet with the Acute Rehabilitation
Team members and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive information.
At the time of the family conference, the Occupational Therapist may schedule
a home evaluation, as appropriate.
Family Training and education sessions will be arranged so that family members are comfortable
with therapeutic techniques for mobility, activities of daily living,
swallow function, and medication administration. During this training
time, Therapists and Nurses may provide recommendations for Durable Medical
Equipment. The Unit Team encourages a hands-on learning experience for
family and caregivers during the entire stay; however, these arranged
sessions will provide additional specific information to the patient and
family to ensure a smooth transition from the hospital to the patient’s
We ask that families bring in
comfortable clothes (3-5 days worth) and shoes that allow for participation in therapy. Clothes should fit comfortably
and fasten easily. It is recommended that clothes be labeled. Families
are responsible to launder clothes brought from home. Plastic bags are
provided for soiled clothing. Gym or Tennis shoes are recommended. The
therapists can provide information about the type of shoe needed. Families
should bring in eyeglasses, hearing aides, and dentures for patient use.
Notify the Nurse when items are brought in from home so they can be listed
in the patient’s medical record.
We encourage families to
bring in toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, and lotions that the patient
prefers to use.
Families and caregivers may visit during the day. Please check with Nursing regarding questions about visiting hours and
specific restrictions. If visitation of a patient in “Isolation”
is permitted, the visitors will be informed and must comply with isolation
procedures in order to protect themselves and others on the Unit. Families
are permitted to stay with patients in certain circumstances for the purpose
of decreasing patient and/or family anxiety, patient agitation, or confusion.
Please make this request to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit Management or
Patients are encouraged to increase their strength by being out of bed and sitting in the wheelchair/chair as much as possible.
Rest periods are scheduled by the Therapy Team to prevent fatigue.
Unit Therapeutic activities and meal times are an important part of the Acute Rehabilitation Program. Patients are
encouraged to socialize and engage in activities such as movie viewing
and games. Families are also encouraged to join patients at mealtimes
to help provide the patient with a more normal routine. Breakfast is served
at approximately 8:00 am; lunch is served at approximately 12:00 pm; and
dinner is served at approximately 5:00 pm. Food from home may be brought
in by family after checking with Nursing, Speech Pathology, or Dietary
staff regarding special dietary needs or restrictions.
Spiritual support is available to all patients and families as requested.
Services on-site that allow for timely testing, communication of results, and decision
making regarding the patient’s treatment plan include: Medical consults
such as Neurology, Oncology, Orthopedic; Medical Services such as Dialysis,
Wound Care, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Nutrition; Radiology/Diagnostic
Imaging; Laboratory Services; Pharmacy Services; Prosthetics/Orthotics;
We are pleased you have chosen our Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
program for your Acute Rehabilitation needs. We look forward to assisting
you in any way we can. Should you have any questions or concerns you may
speak to any Team member or contact: 626-814-2457.
Gilda Dominguez, M.S., CCC-SLP – Corporate Director - Ext: 24037
John Lindberg, MD – Medical Director - Ext: 22457
Marianna Ward, RN-BC, CRRN – Assistant Director - Ext: 22819
Mary Zimmer, M.A. – Chief Clinical Services Officer - Ext: 12978