Our Specialized Team
This is the doctor who admits the patient and will oversee the patient’s care. The Attending Physician on the rehabilitation unit specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
The role of the Primary Nurse in the Unity Acute Rehabilitation and Brain Injury Program is to coordinate all the paitents’ medical and therapy needs on the nursing unit. The primary Nurse will be assigned to the same patients whenever he/she is working,. The role of the Primary Nurse is to make sure that needs such as medicines, dressing changes, diets and tube feedings, IVs skin care, etc. are satisfied. The nurse will receive individualized instructions from the patient’s therapists and incorporate them into the plan of care.
The Food and Nutrition Department is represented by a Dietician and Diet Technician. The Dietician works with the rehabilitation team to ensure that the patient’s nutritional needs are being met. The Dietician and Diet Technician work with the patients and their families to assist with menu planning as well as to answer any nutrition related questions.
Helps to facilitate recovery using art, music, crafts, and games—depending on the patient’s interests. As basic skills improve, our interdisciplinary team of therapists helps individuals with tasks such as budgeting, meal planning, and accessing transportation, to prepare them to successfully re-enter community life.
Spirituality is an integral part of each of us. No matter what your religion, culture, or faith, we will nurture and respect your spirit. Our Chaplain is available to meet with you to provide support and comfort through visits and prayer. A non-denominational prayer service as well as blessings through delivery of sacraments is also available.
The following specialists are available at both the Acute Rehabilitation and Brain Injury Program and our outpatient program, Ridgeway Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.
A Neuropsychologist is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of people who have suffered some form of injury to the brain. A Neuropsychological evaluation is typically administered in order to determine what the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional consequences of an injury might be. The Neuropsychologist will assist the patient and family/representative in addressing psychological and social coping and adaptation skills.
Work one-to-one with individuals who are unable to epress thoughts or understand language. Treatment may include teaching the use of pictures, gestures and electronic devices (e.g. dynavox, ipad) to express themselves. Redevelopment of cognitive skills - such as attending, retaining information, organizing thoughts and solving problems - is also an area of focus.
Speech language pathologists with expertise in swallowing disorders provide specialized evaluation and treatment. Objective studies such as fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation, modified barium swallow are available to help the team to develop the most effective treatment protocols. Therapists are also trained in treatment tools such as S.E.M.G. and VitalStim.
Help patients regain their strength, balance, coordination, mobility (getting in and out of bed, standing, walking, climbing stairs, etc.) and endurance using advanced and emerging treatment techniques that have evidence-based results. Physical therapists use tests and measures of body functions and structures to guide treatment. Often, physical therapists will prescribe and supervise a series of exercises and range-of-motion techniques to build or maintain muscle strength. Devices for body weight support such as the LiteGait® and the Up n’ Go ® are available for use when relearning to walk. Other treatments such as heat, cold, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation are used as needed to reduce pain and improve physical function.
Help patients re-learn daily living skills such as eating, bathing, dressing, grooming and transferring to the shower and toilet. Often these skills require learning a new technique or using adaptive equipment to achieve greater independence. Occupational therapists also help patients regain strength, coordination, range of motion, and function in their upper body. Proven treatment techniques, such as casting and splinting, electrical stimulation, heat and cold use, kinesiotaping and other evidence-based techniques and tools are used to improve function.
The Case Manager is the family’s link to the interdisciplinary team. Case Managers communicate changes in patient status, coordinate collaborative care, and respond to the needs of the family. Our Case Managers are familiar with community agencies and services and will help you obtain appropriate resources for going home including, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services, home health care, equipment and transportation needs, vocational training, and assistance with re-entry into the school setting. They and all the other members of the interdisciplinary team strive to help each patient achieve a smooth transition back into the community.
Educational tutors, counselors and pastors are available on an as-needed basis.