Recovery from a head injury, stroke, spinal cord injury or similar injury or illness takes time, dedication and hard work. At CoxHealth, our goal is simple: to work with our patients and help them get back to the life they love.
Each treatment team develops an individualized plan of care, harnessing the resources that will best meet each patient’s needs. By working with our patients and their families, we use individual and group therapy to set goals and help them regain the skills of daily living.
Our treatment team includes a physician, rehabilitation nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, respiratory therapist, psychologist, social worker, case manager, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist and therapeutic recreation specialist – the specific combination of professionals assigned to each patient’s care will vary depending on their specific needs.
Patients are screened before they are admitted to a rehabilitation unit. Screening includes an assessment of each patient’s potential to benefit from rehabilitation.
A disabling illness or injury can dramatically alter a life. It’s common for patients to feel overwhelmed by the challenges they face as they work to recover. In this situation, family members become an important source of support and comfort to our patients, and a resource to our treatment team. We encourage family members, caregivers and significant others to participate in planning, goal-setting and other phases of the rehabilitation process.
At CoxHealth, we unite advanced medical care and specialized nursing care with personalized rehabilitation, all under the supervision of a board-certified physiatrist – a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
By combining advanced diagnostic techniques and new treatment options, we’re able to respond to our patients’ diverse needs – and working closely with each patient and their family allows us to re-shape lost abilities, teach new skills and help our patients adjust.
Return to the Community
We know our patients want to return to home, school or work as quickly as possible. Tentative discharge dates are set at admission and we immediately begin planning a rehabilitation path with this goal in mind. To help our patients transfer the skills they learn in rehabilitation to these less structured surroundings, we create actual and simulated situations so they can apply the problem-solving skills and functional skills required for daily living.
We identify any problem areas or skills that require additional development to ease the transition from rehab to the patient's home, and we suggest safety tips, modifications and specialized equipment that may be required.
Once inpatient rehabilitation is complete, we evaluate each patient and create a coordinated plan of care for life after discharge. Continuing rehabilitation as an outpatient may be recommended, home health care can be arranged and referral to other community resources can be provided – all with the goal of helping our patients maintain and improve their health.
Stroke and brain injury patients who need further intensive outpatient rehabilitation may be referred to Ozark Neuro Rehabilitation Center.