The team approach is essential to a successful rehabilitation
program. Our interdisciplinary team approach helps to coordinate every aspect
of a patient's return to function. Team members include:
A physiatrist is a licensed physician, residency trained and
board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. A physiatrist is the
Medical Director of Capital Region's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. One of our
physiatrists will be responsible for your medical needs during your stay and
for directing your rehabilitation program.
Personal or Attending Physician
Your personal physician may be involved with your care, pending
staff privileges at Capital Region and his/her desire to be an active participant.
Usually, your physician transfers your care to the physiatrist during the rehabilitation
A specialist (orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, urologist, internist,
etc.,) may be consulted by the physiatrist depending on your needs.
Capital Region relies on the expertise of Certified Rehabilitation
Registered Nurses who possess special knowledge, philosophy and skills of the
rehabilitation program. Nursing provides education about disease process, medication
and facilitates communication of needs to the physician and support staff. Your
nurses will assist with the rehabilitation process utilizing techniques, exercises,
self-care and adaptive equipment in preparation for your discharge.
This is a licensed professional who evaluates your strength
and mobility needs. He/she develops an exercise program that will address balance,
safety, strength and coordination so that you can learn to walk or use a wheelchair.
The physical therapist will also help you learn to use adaptive equipment so
that you can return to independence with daily activities.
Physical Therapist Assistant
The Physical Therapist Assistant carries out the treatment
program developed by the Physical Therapist to help you meet your mobility goals.
This is a licensed, registered professional who emphasizes
activities of daily living, upper extremity function, memory and thought processes
through the use of goal-directed activities and training in the use of adaptive
equipment and environmental modifications.
Speech and Language Pathologist
This is a certified, licensed professional who is trained in
prevention, identification, evaluation and rehabilitation of disorders of communication,
cognition, memory and swallowing.
This is a licensed professional who assists you and your family
with social, emotional and economic matters related to your rehabilitation program.
The case manager helps guide you through the rehabilitation program from admission
through discharge and is also known as the "social worker".
This professional will assess, monitor and counsel you regarding
your nutritional needs throughout your stay.
The Chaplain is available for consults upon request. Clergy
of various natures and faiths are available, upon request, to meet your special
Licensed psychologists, professional counselors and psychological
residents help you and your family in dealing with emotions relating to feelings
of grief and loss and in adjusting to a new life style. Therapists are skilled
in pain management techniques and relaxation therapy. Family counseling is available
to help your family deal with this current crisis by providing solution-oriented
therapy to adjust to the future.