Acute Care

Acute Care Rehabilitation provides diagnostic and restorative treatment to patients who have been admitted to the medical units of Sinai Hospital. Many illnesses, traumas, and conditions that require hospitalization also create functional decline for the patients affected by them. Rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology, provide immediate help to such patients in their recovery and ability to return home. Their expertise is critical to making decisions about discharge location and appropriate level of care needed by patients.

Physical Therapy (PT): provides assessment of a patient’s functional mobility (I.e., walking, transfers), strength, balance, endurance, and sensation. Following assessment, an individualized treatment plan is created that instructs the patient and family about safety precautions, weight-bearing status, and possible training on adaptive equipment. Additional therapy sessions may be provided to promote recovery and inform decisions about discharge.

Occupational Therapy (OT): provides a patient-centered evaluation that reflects the goals of the patient and assesses activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating and toileting. Close attention is paid to the patient’s thinking and problem-solving abilities to help therapists determine current safety needs and the appropriate level of care required at discharge.

Speech Language Pathology (SLP): assesses and treats disorders of speech, communication, cognition, language, and swallowing for patients in their care. SLPs evaluate a patient’s speech quality and voice, understanding and expression of language, and thinking/memory skills. A significant part of the SLPs work in the impatient setting is assessing a patient’s ability to safely swallow and recommending the safest diet at discharge.

It’s important to note that a physician must order rehabilitation services before a therapist can see a patient. Acute rehabilitation therapists work in many areas of the hospital, although most of their time is spent in the centers listed below.

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