Day in the Life of a patient at Orange Park Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Center

(upbeat music) – Orange Park has opened a brand new inpatient rehab facility, where we are able to take patients who have had injuries or illnesses such as femur fractures or hip fractures, traumatic car accidents,
and ab related injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, and able to rehabilitate them so that they’re able to go back to as close to as possible their prior level of function. Trying to get them as
independent as we can so that they can go back to living their lives on their own instead of requiring a lot of
assistance from others. – We offer the traditional
major three therapies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, as well as speech therapy. We also have respiratory therapists that come along as well. A physical therapist is gonna work on getting in and out of bed, and walking, and transferring. So getting from the bed to a wheel chair or on to toilet. But we also overlap with
occupational therapists as well. Occupational therapists are going to spend time getting
on and off the toilet as well as taking a shower. In all of that we all work on strength and balance and endurance. Then we pull in the speech therapists who are working on not only speaking, memory, problem solving, during all the activities we’re
doing, but also cognition, swallowing, it’s all a team approach. We may have our specialties, but we all work a little bit on everything for the whole body. – We can bring over a
respiratory therapist and specialist for
physicians and everything, but we always have PM & R physician. We have case management on staff. Registered nurses are with each patient. So it’s the same hospital ratio in the regular hospital as
in our facility as well. They get a lot of care from nursing and from therapy. – [Laura] Our patients have three hours of therapy a day at least. We try to give a little extra if we can based on their need. – It depends on the patient as to how the three hours is broken up per day. The patients always comment on the fact that we get to do buffet
style for breakfast and lunch so they’re able to kind of pick what they want and have a little independence in that. Then we also are able
to do a little therapy during that time too. For that they get to sit down with other patients and
interact and relate. – [Laura] They may have a speech therapist sitting with them. – We have an ADL suite where they’re able to practice getting in
and out of a regular bed that they would have at home without the head of that elevated,
without the side rails. They practice making the bed. They practice cooking and cleaning and doing their laundry in there. – We have cookies being
baked pretty frequently over there as part of therapy. They’re also able to have family come and visit at that point. – The goal for our patients would be to get them as safe and
independent as possible at discharge. – For inpatient rehab patients big goals are usually to walk and to get home. We make that a focus. I always tell my patients
if there’s something that we haven’t done that you want to try, let me know. If there’s a challenge that you think you’re gonna face, let me know. I’ll be more than happy to troubleshoot. The advantage to our facility is that we have one on one therapy
for the majority of time. I’m able to dedicate my time to them and if their family needs to bring in the SUV because that’s the only car that they have, we can practice. We can go out front and literally practice three, four times if they need to so that everybody feels comfortable. – Every little victory
that a patient makes we all are so excited. – It’s a family there. We know and work together so well, if somebody needs help two or three people are there to help them. I think that makes a difference in the quality of care that we give because we all truly care and are there as your family to cheer you on and help each other. I think it shows how
much we like what we do. – As a nurse myself I feel like this is the most positive nursing role I’ve ever been in. We get to see patients when they’re at their lowest of low and then we get to watch them go through the whole process. Some of them even dance their way out of the facility, which is so amazing. (upbeat music)

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