St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute’s interdisciplinary teams of specially-trained rehabilitation professionals offer expertise in a variety of conditions. Our rehabilitation professionals maximize this knowledge and experience by working together to treat the whole person. Your team may include a:
A physiatrist is a physician who specializes in medical rehabilitation.
Case Managers coordinate all activities that involve your care. Your case manager will assist you with discharge planning and financial arrangements and provide regular updates on your condition to your insurer and family physician.
Your rehabilitation nurse will help you and your family prepare for the changes you will experience and will work with you to reinforce the skills learned in your daily therapy sessions.
Therapists work with you on practical, lifestyle, physical and communication skills and functionality.
- The occupational therapist (OT) works with you on practical skills such as dressing, cooking and grooming for daily living. Occupational therapists teach individuals how to adapt their home, school or work environment to accomplish daily tasks.
- Physical therapists (PT) evaluate your muscles and how well you bend and move; test your balance and work on your strength, walking, endurance and flexibility.
- A speech therapist is concerned about anything that makes it difficult for you to communicate. Your speech therapist will evaluate and work with you on your speech and swallowing, as well as your memory and other thinking skills including judgment, problem solving, reasoning and attention span.
- The recreational therapist (RT) works with you on skills you need to reintegrate back into the community. Your RT will also work with you on practical skills to return to the recreation and leisure pursuits that are important to you.
When you come to St. Luke's, your doctor will prescribe a diet for you. The nutrition staff will then explain the diet to you and discuss your likes and dislikes in order to make your meals as appetizing as possible. However, your menu may be limited by your ability to chew and swallow. The nutrition staff and nursing staff will monitor your food intake and status during your stay.
The psychology staff will help you and your family deal with the emotional and interpersonal adjustments to your medical condition.
A respiratory therapist may be required to work with you on issues related to breathing. The therapist will help you to improve the status of your lungs, preserve the current function related to breathing and teach you skills to conserve energy while exercising, if your breathing is a problem.
A vocational counselor may work with you, your family, schools and/or employer throughout your rehabilitation program to help you return to work or school.