A Community Collaboration Between IU Health and St. Vincent

Comprehensive Medical Rehabilitation

We’re Here for You

You and your caregivers are not alone. You have an entire team of people here to help you and your caregivers. Our team is here not only to provide patients with physical care, but also with the emotional, spiritual, and educational support you need.
  • Physiatrist
    Physiatrist
    (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician)
    You will be seen regularly by a physiatrist, who is a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Your physiatrist will determine your individual treatment and ongoing care needs and collaborate with your rehabilitation team.
  • Rehabilitation Nurse
    Rehabilitation Nurse
    Your rehabilitation nurse will work closely with you and your therapists, will reinforce your rehabilitation techniques when you aren’t in therapy, will encourage you to do as much as you can for yourself, and will help you practice what you learn in your therapies.
  • Occupational Therapist
    Occupational Therapist
    Your occupational therapist will help you become more independent in everyday living. Your OT will work with you on dressing, bathing, grooming, and other skills to help you become independent. Your OT will also help you use specialized equipment as needed.
  • Physical Therapist
    Physical Therapist
    Your physical therapist will help you with physical movement. Based on your needs, your PT will work with you on building your strength, increasing your endurance, increasing your range of motion, and enhancing your mobility (either by walking alone or with devices such as canes or walkers, or by becoming more independent in a wheelchair).
  • Speech/Language Therapist
    Speech/Language Therapist
    Your speech and language therapist will help you regain your ability to communicate. Based on your needs, your SLP will work with you on swallowing, memory and thinking skills, and finding alternative ways to communicate.
  • Rehabilitation Psychologist
    Rehabilitation Psychologist
    Your rehabilitation psychologist will help you and your caregivers cope with your individual illness or disability. Your rehabilitation psychologist will help you and your caregivers by providing counseling and education about your illness or disability.
  • Therapeutic Recreational Specialist
    Therapeutic Recreational Specialist
    Your therapeutic recreation specialist will incorporate your leisure activities into your therapy program. Your CTRS will work with you on building confidence and social interaction skills, learning to plan and do activities independently or with minimal assistance, and using community outings to practice your skills.
  • Neuropsychologist
    Neuropsychologist
    Your neuropsychologist will evaluate you for problems with attention, concentration, thinking, and memory and work with your therapists to develop a therapy plan to address your needs.
  • Chaplain
    Chaplain
    Chaplains are available to provide spiritual support to you and your caregivers according to your spiritual needs.
  • Registered Dietician
    Registered Dietician
    Your dietician will help you meet your nutritional needs. Your dietician will assess your diet, work with the dietary staff to ensure you receive proper nutrition, and educate you and your caregivers on how to maintain a proper or modified diet (i.e. low-salt, low-cholesterol, etc.) at home.
  • Case Manager
    Case Manager
    Your case manager is the liaison between you, your caregivers, your insurance or other funding source, and your interdisciplinary therapy team. Your case manager will help you and your caregivers answer your questions and find needed resources.
Education & Support
RHI recognizes the importance of support and education for patients and their loved ones to cope with the life changes that accompany a spinal cord injury. For more information about the education and support opportunities available at RHI, please contact the Reception Desk.
  • Brain Injury Coping Skills Group

    Brain Injury Coping Skills Group is a 16-session group treatment that meets for two hours each week. The treatment is provided to the survivor of brain injury AND his or her caregiver / family. Participants in this group will learn about the effects of brain injury, what to expect in terms of recovery, the important role that family plays in rehabilitation, signs and symptoms of depression, and ways of managing challenging behavioral and emotional situations after brain injury. Participants will also learn to develop good stress management and problem-solving skills and will how to better cope with the effects of the injury on a long-term basis. Finally, goal-management training is provided and survivors are guided on how to accomplish certain rehabilitation goals that are deemed meaningful to them. The group allows both survivors and caregivers to be involved in the rehabilitation process by learning pertinent skills needed to improve overall recovery, and it provides a supportive environment for individuals going through rehabilitation to meet others and share similar concerns.

  • Peer Mentoring Brain Injury Service

    The peer mentoring service pairs patients who have experienced brain injuries (or a caregiver), with someone who has experienced something similar. Whether you have experienced a brain injury, or someone who has taken care of a loved one with a brain injury, you may be looking for support. Individuals going through these challenges often experience feelings of loneliness, loss of friends and support, loss of things that they can do, loss of identity, or are just looking to connect with someone who really understands what it is like to go through something similar. This program pairs trained volunteers up with individuals who would like additional support along the way and helps those individuals better deal with the effects of the challenges from the brain injury.

  • Bridging the Gap Support Group

    Is done in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of Indiana. In 2007, this group won the Brain Injury Association of Indiana Support Group of the Year award. The Bridging the Gapsupport group is for survivors of brain injury and their family and caregivers. It is intended to meet the needs of individuals not only going through the process of outpatient therapies, but also for those who have either been discharged from treatments or have never received treatments.

    Bridging the Gap meets the fourth Monday of every month at the Neuro Rehab Center from 7-9pm. Typical group sessions varies from splitting out caregivers and survivors into different sessions and providing support, problem-solving through pertinent situations, goal-setting, and providing information about return-to-work, increasing social interactions, return to driving, dealing with medication issues, Medicaid, disability, or any other issue that is deemed important. Apart from the monthly meetings, social gatherings are also held to decrease social loneliness and increase support in the community.

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Questions You May Have...
  • What will I be doing when I am not in therapy?

    When not in therapy, patients typically rest, visit with friends and family, or find some form of recreation.

  • Can my family join me in therapy sessions?

    Yes! Families are strongly encouraged to attend therapy sessions to observe and ask questions, especially those who will be the primary caregiver after discharge.

  • How many hours of therapy will I have each day?

    Patients have 3-5 hours of therapy a day during the week. Weekend therapy is reduced to allow you to rest and visit with family and friends.

  • What time does my therapy start?

    Inpatient therapy begins at 8:30a.m.

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