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Rehabiltation Care Team

The Patient - The patient is the most important person on the care team.  It is only with the patient's motivation and determination that any level of restoration or rehabilitation can be achieved.

Physiatrist - A Physiatrist is a physician that specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  This doctor will manage and oversee your care while you are on the Rehab Unit.  The Physiatrist will regularly meet with the treating team and might also communicate with other physicians you may have.  The Physiatrist will continue to follow your care after discharge from our unit.

Dennis Keane, M.D., Medical Director, is board certified with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has many years experience in rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation Nurse - The nursing staff is comprised of specialty registered nurses. They work with other team members to monitor patient's medical status, assess function, establish appropriate treatments and assist patients and family members with care. 

Physical Therapist (PT) - The physical therapists are skilled and licensed professionals who evaluate and provide treatments to help patients achieve maximal physical functioning and independence.  Utilizing a variety of treatment methods, the PTs are able to treat a full spectrum of orthopedic and neurological disorders.  Goals for physical therapy focus on improving a patient's physical mobility such as gait, transfers, environmental barriers, balance, strength and endurance as well as community mobility.

Occupational Therapist (OT) - An occupational therapist evaluates and treats everyday living skills such as bathing, dressing, cooking and household management in addition to community reintegration.  An OT will also assess your living environment to recommend the necessary equipment to ensure safety while increasing your independence.  Goals for occupational therapy focus on maximizing upper extremity strength, coordination, visual perception, balance, cognition and the endurance skills necessary to complete activities of daily living (ADLs).

Speech Therapist/Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) - A speech therapist is available for patients having difficulties speaking, swallowing, thinking, reasoning, recalling or writing. An SLP can help patients improve their communication skills in order to regain full control of their lives.

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TR) - A therapeutic recreation specialist utilizes a patient's leisure interests as a tool to maximize functional kills such as cognition, mobility, upper extremity use, perception and social interaction.  The specialist also educates a patient on adaptations and resources available to facilitate the return to community activities.

Dietitian - A registered dietitian will ensure that the meals you are served meet your medical needs. If you have special dietary requirements for pre-existing medical conditions or religious reasons, it is important that your healthcare team be aware so they can tailor your meals to fit your needs.

Admission Coordinator - The admission coordinator initiates contact with you and your family and works with the physiatrist to determine your needs.  The admission coordinator will communicate these needs to your care team and insurance companies and will monitor your progress from admission to discharge.

Psychologist - A psychologist is available, as needed, to provide services to patients and their families.  Medical conditions such as strokes and other neurological impairments may result in subtle changes in one's memory and overall cognition. The information obtained from this evaluation can be useful in developing a rehabilitation program specifically designed to suit the individual needs of each patient, and help them prepare for their discharge home.  Additionally, many patients and their families have emotional adjustment issues related to the illness or injury.  The psychologist can provide support and guidance for these issues.  The psychologist also assists in the design and implementation of educational programs that provide patients and their families with an opportunity to learn more about their injury or illness. 

Social Worker - Rush-Copley's rehabilitation social worker is experienced in helping patients and families cope with the physical, social, and emotional aspects of illnesses and injuries.  Upon admission, patients and families are interviewed and evaluated in order to identify potential discharge needs.  The social worker will follow the patient throughout their stay, and help link patients to community resources so that they can safely and effectively integrate back into the community, or to a lower level of care. The social worker is very knowledgeable about resources in the Fox Valley and far west suburban communities and serves as a patient advocate.