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.
(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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
Chaplains are available to provide spiritual support to you and your caregivers according to your spiritual needs.
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.
Discharge Planner (DCP)
Your discharge planner is an integral part of your interdisciplinary team. Your discharge planner will help you and your caregivers by answering your questions and coordinating needed resources to help prepare for your discharge from RHI.
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 317-329-2000.