Rehabilitation services are supported by a strong and diverse interdisciplinary team, focused on collaborative care delivery. Below is a brief description of the team:
Physiatrist: A doctor who is a rehabilitation specialist. It is likely you met this person before you were transferred to the unit. The Physiatrist is responsible for the medical part of your treatment and meets with the team frequently to discuss your progress to determine if the rehabilitation plan is on track or needs revision. Family meetings with the Physiatrist can be set up when updates are needed or requested.
Physician Assistant (PA): This individual works along with the team to provide day-to-day medical care in conjunction with the Physiatrist.
Unit Manager: This position is charged with running the daily operations of the unit, including staffing, patient relations and financial management.
Clinical Resource Nurse (CRN): This individual is a team leader who supports patients and the care team. This can include assisting with discharge planning, facilitating communication between team members, as well as providing professional support and clinical expertise.
Rehabilitation Nurse: This group provides patient care and support with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They also ensure that medical supplies are readily available at the patient’s bedside. They also teach new skills such as skin care, medication management, bowel / bladder care, and preventative healthcare strategies based on your injury or disability. As the only members of the team to care for you 24-hours a day, they help you practice the skills you have learned, and offer emotional support as appropriate.
Physiotherapist (PT): They provide education to helps patients improve their functional mobility by developing an exercise treatment plan which supports the recovery process.
Occupational Therapist (OT): They provide therapeutic activities to help patients develop and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.
Recreation Therapist (RT): This person will meet with you shortly after admission to assess your leisure interests, abilities and will work with you to integrate your involvement in leisure interests while in hospital, and into the community once discharged. The RT will show you how to remain active in your interests despite a new injury and help build your function-ability, alongside other therapeutic services. There are daily group programs as well as opportunities one-to-one therapy, leisure education and community awareness.
Rehab Assistants: These individuals work alongside PTs and OTs to assist you with your individualized care plan.
Unit Assistants: This group is available to help you practice the skills you have learned to be as independent as possible.
Social Worker: This team provides support to patients and families with issues that occur because of illness and hospitalization. They help patients and families access services, resources and programs related to their unique needs.
Dietitian: These professionals provide advice on the nutritional needs of rehab patients. They help patients understand their needs and challenges, and design meal plans accordingly.