Celebrate National Rehab Week

Celebrate National Rehab Week

Join us in celebrating Rehab Week, September 15 – 21 at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare!

Rehabilitation at Tallahassee Memorial is provided throughout the Big Bend region, including Acute Care at the Tallahassee Memorial Main Hospital, Tallahassee Memorial Rehabilitation Center (TMRC), Neuro Rehab (outpatient), Ortho Rehab (outpatient), Home Health Care and satellite clinics at Tallahassee Memorial Quincy Rehab, Tallahassee Memorial Wakulla Rehab, Tallahassee Memorial Gerry Center (Monticello), and Tallahassee Memorial Blountstown Rehab.

Across the continuum of care, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and nursing staff work with our patients and their families to determine goals, initiate treatment, and recommend further care for optimal functional improvements. At TMH, our team of rehabilitation professionals devote themselves to improving quality of life for patients.

Tallahassee Memorial Rehabilitation Center

At the 51-bed inpatient rehab center (TMRC), patients are cared for by a comprehensive interdisciplinary team of physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, rehab specialized nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists, wound care nurses, and registered dietitians. Nursing works with our medical staff to provide around-the-clock care for our two inpatient rehab floors. Many other specialty therapies, such as animal therapy, music therapy and recreational therapy are available to complement our core team. Patients benefitting from physical, occupational and speech therapy span the lifespan from pediatric patients to the geriatric population. Rehab staff are trained to treat many varying diagnoses including stroke, cardiac disease, cancer, trauma, lymphedema, visual dysfunction, vestibular disorders, spinal cord injury, head and neck cancer, swallowing disorders, neck and back disorders, pelvic floor dysfunction, traumatic brain injury and other traumas, complex and non-healing wounds, orthopedic disease, and hand disorders. TMRC houses an array of state-of-the-art technology designed to promote improved neuromuscular function and functional mobility after injury or diagnosis.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function at the level they want in their daily lives.

When do you need physical therapy?

  • Rehabilitation after a serious injury.
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema (Swelling of lymphatic system, especially after surgery)
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Knee, ankle or foot problems
  • Sprains and muscle strains
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Chronic respiratory problems
  • Shoulder problems
  • Problems with balance
  • Hip fractures
  • Incontinence

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy uses goal-directed activity in the evaluation and treatment of persons whose ability to function is impaired by normal aging, illness, injury or developmental disability. Treatment goals in occupational therapy include the promotion of functional independence and prevention of disability. Occupational therapists focus on helping patients adapt to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

When do you need occupational therapy?

  • Limitations in abilities to carry out self-care activities (ADLs)
  • Lymphedema (swelling of lymphatic system, especially after surgery)
  • Vision disorders
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • When strength and endurance are at risk
  • When your ability to function in the community has been impaired
  • When physical, cognitive or psychological problems prevent someone from achieving tasks that are currently meaningful and important to them
  • Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic conditions, and mental health problems including Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress

Speech Therapy

Speech language pathology, also known as speech therapy, is the study, diagnosis and treatment of defects and disorders of the voice and of spoken and written communication. Speech therapy also evaluates and treats swallowing disorders (dysphagia), neurological and physical disorders and conditions caused by an injury or illness.

When do you need speech therapy?

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Concussion
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Developmental disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Trouble with memory or have increased confusion
  • Difficulty in following simple commands or have trouble understanding
  • Trouble formulating words and sentences correctly
  • Experiencing slurred speech, are very hoarse or strain to talk
  • Difficulty in reading and writing
  • Experiencing lip, mouth or tongue weakness, lack of coordination or decreased range of motion
  • To establish an alternative mode of communication if speech is impaired

Rehab Nursing

TMRC features a complement of more than 90 nursing colleagues, many with advanced or specialized certifications, such as rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN). Our nurses work with our provider team and therapists to provide around-the-clock care for our patients.

Their responsibilities often include:

  • Assistance with mobility, bathing, feeding and other activities of daily living
  • Medication management
  • Ongoing assessment and development of individualized nursing care plans
  • Providing certified wound care therapy for complex wounds
  • Intravenous regimens, including parental nutrition, blood transfusions, antibiotics and more
  • Pre-and post-surgical care
  • Bowel and bladder training
  • Discharge planning
  • Facilitating telehealth appointments with specialists such as orthopedics, neuro, etc.

To learn more about rehabilitation at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, visit our website.

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