We’re here to help
An illness or injury, flare-up of a chronic condition or the aging process may leave you weak and lacking the strength, skills and energy to perform everyday tasks. You may have problems with balance, walking or speaking, as well as cognition and memory issues.
Our medical rehabilitation specialists understand how difficult and frustrating this may be for you and your family. That’s why we offer advanced treatment, strategies and support to help restore your strength, endurance and abilities.
Conditions we treat
Our rehabilitation teams are experienced in treating a wide range of neurologic and orthopedic issues, and weakness that may arise from cardiac conditions or cancer and cancer treatments. Specifically, issues we treat include:
- Post-surgical care for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, left ventricular assistive device (LVAD) implantation and other cardiovascular procedures
- Fatigue from cardiac conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and myocardial infarction (MI)
- Frailty from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and asthma
- Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
A team approach to treatment
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital draws on the expertise of medical rehabilitation specialists to address the range of physical and functional issues that occur following injury, joint replacement or other bone-related conditions.
This inter-professional team is led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists; dietitians; pharmacists; case managers and other clinical and support staff, as needed.
In addition, your family members are an important part of the care team. They may be asked to participate in therapy sessions to understand your condition and how to help support you.
An individualized rehabilitation program
Because every patient is different and has varied challenges, goals and expectations, treatment will be tailored to your individual needs to help:
- Restore physical abilities
- Build strength and endurance
- Minimize pain
- Improve balance and mobility
- Enhance skills to perform daily activities
- Avoid complications
- Optimize independence
Your progress. Our program.
Your therapy sessions will include hands-on activities with some aided by high-tech therapy equipment. Sessions will be provided three hours per day, five days a week or 15 hours over a seven-day period, depending on your tolerance and ability to actively participate.
Your care plan may focus on:
- Mobility skills training such as transfers, standing and/or walking
- Strengthening, coordination and endurance exercises
- Tactics to improve communication, swallowing and/or vision
- Daily living activities such as dressing, eating and bathing
- Strategies to improve memory, concentration, judgment and problem solving
- Medication management
- Community reintegration strategies
- Caregiver education and training
It’s important to remember that recovery takes time. Each patient is different and your stay with us will depend on your diagnosis, rehabilitation needs and goals and daily progress.
A unique continuum of care
To help you return home and resume work, school, community and/or social activities, Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital provides an unparalleled continuity of care. We help manage your health from inpatient to outpatient care.