Comprehensive Rehab Care Dedicated to Your Recovery
Neuropsychologists are clinicians with doctoral training in the science of brain function and behavior. These professionals treat individuals who have suffered brain trauma and test and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of intellectual and behavioral function. The neuropsychologist then tries to improve that function through cognitive rehabilitation.
Unlike nursing care in the acute setting, the primary focus of rehabilitation nursing is to help participants do for themselves within the limitations imposed by their disability or illness rather than actually performing tasks for them. Rehabilitation nurses assist in preparing for discharge, including diabetic education, medication education, wound care and dressings and other home-going needs.
Occupational therapy (OT) assists the participant in becoming as independent as possible in all areas of daily living, including such necessary tasks as feeding, bathing, dressing, homemaking, working and leisure time activities. OT may also focus on regaining movement and coordination of the arms and hands, improving balance and teaching new ways to accomplish familiar activities.
Physical therapists (PT) are the movement specialists of the center. They are specially educated to restore the participant’s ability to move and function and to relieve pain. Physical therapists accomplish this through the use of exercise, assistive devices and various modalities that may include electrical stimulation for muscle strengthening, health and cold applications and biofeedback for neuromuscular re-education.
Speech & Language Pathology
The speech and language pathologist assesses and treats the participant with an impairment in the ability to speak, understand, read, write or swallow. Numerous methods, depending on the participant’s current abilities, are used to improve communication skills. Speech therapy also works with the evaluation and treatment of swallowing problems, utilizing state-of-the-art techniques.
The primary responsibility of the licensed rehabilitation social worker is to recognize any unmet needs a participant may have and respond appropriately. These needs may be social, emotional, vocational, financial or environmental in nature. The social worker will assist with discharge plans as well as equipment and referrals.
Our clinical dietitian assists in making food selections for participants within the limits prescribed by the physician. They evaluate individual nutritional status and may provide instructions regarding specific diets.
At Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center, each participant is considered a whole person physically, emotionally and spiritually. Each participant is visited by a member of the pastoral care staff, and a minister or priest is available for any special needs.
Pets On Call
Some participants at Mercy may have a visit from a rather unusual but effective healthcare specialist: a dog or cat from Mercy Pet Patrol. Consisting of specially trained teams, Pet Patrol’s main goal is to help people heal through the comfort of loving animals. All the pet team handlers are volunteers, and the animals are their own loving pets. The teams are registered with Delta Society Pet Partners Program, and pets are behaviorally and medically tested by their evaluators.