"Real World" Physical Therapy
By Harold Fisk, Manager, Physical Therapy
The onset and aftermath of an acute neurologically impairing disease or event can be equally frightening and frustrating for victims and those who care for them. The sudden loss of mobility, speech, or orientation may leave a victim unable to communicate or walk, leaving those around them feeling equally helpless. Access to an interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation professionals who can provide a continuum of care is critical, not only for the physical recovery of the patient but also in the education and support of their family.
Day Treatment Program
The physical rehabilitation of neurologically impaired individuals can be a long and arduous process and doesn’t always end once patients leave an acute care setting. To continue rehabilitation after discharge, patients have access to our Day Treatment Program. The program provides four to six hours of daily intensive therapy for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury patients.
Distinctive Physical Rehabilitation
The Archibald/Ehrenberg Rehabilitation Terrain Park, one of the first in the nation, opened in 2005. The park covers approximately 3,000 square feet of temperature-controlled, tented outdoor space. Patients have the opportunity to work on community mobility skills in a controlled setting with a therapist present. Patients practice navigating a wide variety of environmental surfaces and graded inclines. Features provide a "real world" environment for patients to learn functioning skills (Partners in Health, 2004.)
Outpatient Rehabilitation Extensive Services
In addition to offering traditional occupational, physical, and speech/language pathology therapies, services include wheelchair fitting/prescription, orthotic and prosthetic services, hand therapy provided by certified clinicians, swallow studies, and functional capacity evaluations. Specialized programs include classes for lower-extremity strengthening and control, balance improvement/restoration, fall prevention, and therapeutic pool therapy.
All patients and their families receive patient-centered and quality care that is an individualized and coordinated transdisciplinary rehabilitation treatment plan. A diagnosis-specific peer visitor program ensures each patient receives excellent care.
Partners in Health, 2004. California Pacific Medical Center.