New Inpatient Rehabilitation Center in Orange Park

(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 brain 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 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 going to work on getting in and out of bed,
and walking and transferring. So getting from the bed to a
wheelchair, or onto a 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. And in all of that, we all work on strength and balance and endurance. And then we pull in the speech
therapists who are working on not only on 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. – [Lauren] We can bring
over a respiratory therapist and specialists for
physicians and everything, but we always have UMR 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. So 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. – [Lauren] It depends
on the patient as to how the three hours is broken up per day. If the patient is requiring
speech as well as the other two then they would have an
hour of each and otherwise they’ll get an hour and
a half of the PT and OT. – So a patient will get
up, get transferred into their wheelchair, go into the
bathroom, wash their face, brush their teeth, comb their hair. Then they’ll go to our
buffet style breakfast. – [Lauren] 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. Have a little independence in that. And then we also are able to do a little therapy during that time too. And for that they get to sit down with other patients and interact and relate. – They may have a speech
therapist sitting with them and giving them strategies to
help them with their dining. Maybe bringing to the
fork to their mouth if they’re having trouble eating,
maybe swallowing strategies. Once they finish breakfast they will probably start a
traditional physical therapy session which is usually an hour. Ranges from strengthening,
so exercises with their legs, practicing walking, practicing the stairs. We have a core balance
machine which helps us work on higher level balance functions. They may get on the mat
table and practice turning in bed and going from
laying down to sitting up. Then they will probably have a rest break. Depends on the patient,
how many hours they need. Where they’re able to go relax in their room, take a nap if they need to. – We’re 20 beds and they’re all
private rooms and bathrooms. Everything is brand new in our facility. – [Laura] And then they’ll
be back for more therapy. Probably with occupational therapy. Where they’ll work on
fine motor coordination. They may do arts and crafts,
they may do dexterity, they may do laundry or a cooking group. – [Lauren] 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 elevated, without the side rails. They practice making the
bed, they practice cooking and cleaning and doing
their laundry in there. – And then it’s time for lunch
so then they’re back in the lunch room for buffet style
lunch where they’re visiting with other patients and just, in general, enjoying some down time
and some comradery. And then in the afternoon they’ll probably have one more hour of therapy. And this may be a combination
of physical therapy and occupational therapy or
it may be speech therapy. And during speech they may be working on problem solving strategies or they may be doing a group exercise,
playing scrabble. They may be doing another cooking group. 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. And then dinner is served in their room. – The goal for our patients
would be to get them as safe and independent as possible at discharge. – [Laura] For inpatient
rehab, patients big goals are usually to walk, and to get home. So we make that a focus. But 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 you think you’re going to face, let me know. I’ll be more than happy to trouble shoot. The advantage to our
facility is that we have one on one therapy for
the majority of time. So 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 our front and
literally practice three to four times if they need to so that
everybody feels comfortable. – Every little victory that a patient makes, we all are so excited. – [Laura] 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 And 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. You get to see patients when
they’re at their lowest of low and then you get to watch them
go through the whole process. And some of them even dance their way out of the facility which is so amazing.

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