Baptist Health Louisville: Inpatient Rehabilitation Service
Our inpatient rehabilitation services include physical and speech therapies. Learn more about Baptist Health Louisville’s inpatient rehabilitation facility.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Services in Louisville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
John Gormley, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:
Acute inpatient rehabilitation is an inpatient program that is designed for patients who have had a functional impairment related to either a medical issue or an injury. It may be where they have difficulty with their speech or their cognition, difficulty with their mobility or strength, or difficulty with their self-care/coordination. It’s a comprehensive, sustained program that involves a large team, including the patient, family members and friends. Components of the teams can be physicians, rehabilitation nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, as well as dietitians, neuropsychology, pharmacy and social work.
The goal of the program is to improve their function. It’s what we call patient-centered care, where everything is designed around the patient to improve their overall function.
Studies show that if you do intensive therapy three hours a day in a coordinated program, your functional outcome is higher than if you do therapy in a less intensive program, such as at a skilled-nursing facility level.
I think the most rewarding part of what we do here is when we get feedback from the patients on how we’ve impacted their lives and how they’ve gotten back to doing things that they wanted to do at home. It’s nice to see patients getting back out and doing things with their family and friends, and sometimes it’s not always perfect. Sometimes it is perfect, and it’s rewarding when we get to see them achieve those goals.