6 Reasons to See a Physical Therapist
Introduction – 6 Reasons to See a Physical Therapist
IRFs are rehabilitation units in free care hospitals and acute care hospitals. Admitted patients should be able to endure three hours of intensive rehabilitation services per day. General diagnosis is required for patients who require intensive inhalable rehabilitation therapy: stroke, brain injury, spinal cord malfunction, heart surgery, amputation, neuromuscular condition, arthritis condition, joint replacement and other conditions. Their primary focus is to provide rehabilitation services to patients to become as independent as possible in their activities of daily living so that they can return home and re-enter the community. Consider the twenty tips below when your parents / loved ones are sent for physical rehabilitation.
1. Provide a list of all current medications at the rehabilitation center so that no omissions occur.
2. Do not bring or give any unauthorized medicines/supplements to the patient without the knowledge of the treatment team.
3. Inform the patient’s primary care physician (PCP) that the person has been admitted to the rehab center for care coordination.
4. Provide contact information including name and phone number of current providers including PCP, cardiologist, podiatrist etc.
5. Be sure to designate a person as a point of contact for coordination of care and treatment planning.
6. Emergency contact list of at least two additional persons with both home / work and mobile telephone numbers.
7. Visit regularly and consider family members to prevent potential caregiver burnout.
8. Talk to the attending physician about the announced plan of care and do not hesitate to ask questions about the course of care.
9. Bring a copy of any prepared advanced instructions for appointment to the patient’s medical chart. If the advance directive was not completed, consider completing one at the rehab center.
10. Discuss any physical, mental or emotional changes that you immediately notice with the medical staff.
11. Meet with a dietitian to discuss and review any dietary restrictions or preferences.
12. Leave valuables at home. Only consider wearing a wedding band and patient an inexpensive watch.
13. Be sure to list dentures and hearing aids. Keep a copy of the requested and completed and signed inventory sheet.
14. Label all personal clothes and blankets with a label or permanent marker.
15. Decide whether clothes will be washed at home or at any facility. If clothes will be washed at home, bring a barrier bag for storage.
16. Purchase bright plastic holders/containers for dentures, eyeglasses, hearing aids etc.
17. To reduce the risks of possible deterioration for patients with physical mobility limitations, consider a long-lasting gown.
18. Avoid flip flops or slippers as they may increase the risk of falls due to an unstable gait or muscle weakness.
19. Provide the patient with Velcro straps with sneakers that allow for an adjustable fit while reducing the risks of tripping due to insulated shoals.
20. Bring the patient’s clothes to the button without zipping. This will help reduce frustrations arising due to mobility/dexterity limitations.