You likely know which doctor to see for a specific condition or where to go in an emergency. But do you know where you’d go for help recovering from a life-changing event such as a stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury?
Christopher Lambert, manager of inpatient therapy at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, part of Main Line Health, shares the benefits of an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital for when you or your loved one needs rehabilitation services.
“Patients in specific diagnostic categories qualify for admission to an inpatient rehab hospital like Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. This may include patients who have sustained an amputation or those with other neurological disorders like a spinal cord injury, brain injury or stroke as well as patients with multiple sclerosis, complex orthopaedic injuries, trauma and cancer,” says Lambert. “However, some patients with less severe conditions may be able to choose between an inpatient rehab hospital and a skilled nursing facility, depending on their needs.”
What it's like to receive acute inpatient rehab care
At Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, patients receive intensive therapy for a minimum of three hours per day, five days a week. This may include physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. Our therapy team may incorporate nontraditional therapies, based on our patients’ clinical needs and personal interests, such as recreational therapy, art, music and horticultural therapy.
These different therapies help strengthen muscles and improve coordination, balance and endurance. They also are shown to improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills and socialization.
Other benefits of acute inpatient rehab include:
- A multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts creates your customized treatment plan and assesses your progress weekly.
- Physician care is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and a rehabilitation physician will see you at least three times weekly.
- Our specialized nursing team includes registered nurses and certified rehabilitation registered nurses who have earned Magnet® designation, nursing’s highest honor.
“We also provide psychological services, available on-site, to help patients heal inside and out, recognizing that psychological issues can sometimes impact recovery,” says Lambert.
Another advantage at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is that you can practice daily activities before going home.
“We take people out into the community to learn how to navigate physical and environmental barriers they might encounter in daily life, such as when shopping,” says Lambert. “Our patients benefit from training in our realistic mini-apartment called the Independent Living Unit. We bring family members in to work on training to assist their loved one in anticipation of their return home."
Acute inpatient rehab: How to make the right choice
Deciding where to go for acute rehabilitation can feel overwhelming. Where you choose to rehab will have an impact on how you or a loved one will move forward following an injury or illness. We encourage you to visit before deciding. Come meet our staff, tour our state-of-the-art facility and beautiful grounds, and learn about the exceptional programs and amenities.