A Team of Specialists Working Together For You
The Rehabilitation Center of Des Moines has brought together a dynamic group of professionals who may all play a role in your recovery. Our goal will be to focus on your achieving the greatest functional outcome so that you can return home as quickly as possible.
Your personal physician may choose to provide medical direction during your stay with us. If your physician is not available to actively participate during your stay, with your permission we can update him/her of your progress and plans for discharge.
Family members and friends are important participants in your recovery. They have a role in goal setting and providing the motivation and cooperation necessary for successful therapy. We encourage your family members and friends to actively participate in your therapy program and be mindful of the center’s visiting hours to allow you sufficient time for adequate rest.
All nursing care during your stay will be guided 24 hours a day by nurses who are experienced in rehabilitation and/or long-term care. The nursing unit you are assigned to will have a charge nurse who will oversee nursing aspects of your care. Supporting him/her will be nursing aides who are primarily responsible for assisting you in personal hygiene, dressing, and eating.
The Social Worker (or his/her designee) will meet with you and your family soon after admission to collect a detailed history of your past living situation. The social worker becomes your main contact. He/she will also work with you in planning for discharge back to your home or to a level of care that meets your needs.
The Dietitian is specially trained to assure that you receive adequate nutrition. On admission, a diet history is taken to include your eating habits, previous special diets, and any nutrition related problems. Food preferences are also noted. Coordinating with your physician, nutritional needs are then followed throughout your stay. Nutrition education may be provided with guidelines given for care at home.
Physical therapy is frequently ordered by the physician to evaluate your physical capabilities and design a treatment plan to improve the quality of your muscle tone, coordination, balance, strength, endurance, and joint fl exibility. Some of the techniques employed at our facility include gait and posture evaluation and training, therapeutic exercise, and wheelchair and pre-prosthetic management. Our staff will provide you with extensive education and training which will enable you to be as active and independent as possible.
Your physician may order occupational therapy during your stay to evaluate and provide treatment for the skills needed for independent living. These areas include: grooming and hygiene, eating skills, homemaking, money management, upper body strengthening, fine motor coordination, thinking skills, visual perceptual abilities, and community reintegration. If needed, you will learn how to use prosthetic and/or adaptive equipment to assist you in work and leisure activities. Carefully prescribed and supervised activities will facilitate your return to your highest functional level.
A Speech/Language Pathologist may work with you if you have any type of communication problem as a result of your illness or accident. These may include problems with speaking, listening, thinking, reading, writing, problem solving, sequencing, and organizing your thoughts.
The Speech/Language Pathologist is also trained to evaluate and develop treatment plans in the area of cognitive retraining for persons having difficulty with attention, orientation, memory, problem solving, sequencing, time and money management, and other cognitive problems. If you are having difficulty chewing or swallowing foods and liquids, the Speech/Language Pathologist will evaluate and develop a dysphagia (swallowing) management program to improve or manage your swallowing skills.