Rehabilitation Team

On the rehabilitation unit, an interdisciplinary team model is utilized. The process is naturally a collaborative effort, which places you and your family in the center of the healthcare team.

This type of team includes individuals from various disciplines who practice the skills of their discipline to reach a common patient goal together. Team members work collectively and are engaged in problem solving beyond the boundaries of their own discipline. They meet regularly to discuss your progress and adjust the plan of care to meet the needs of you and your family.

This provides a comprehensive, consistent, non-fragmented treatment approach and promotes effective outcomes for you.

Your rehabilitation team includes the following:


Specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists must successfully complete four years of graduate medical education and four additional years of postdoctoral residency training.

  • Your Physiatrist is the leader of the team. They are the admitting and discharging physicians.
  • Your Physiatrist prescribes a plan of care based on medical problems and physical limitations.



Specializes in the field of Rehabilitation Nursing. The primary role of the Rehabilitation Nurse is that of a teacher.

  • Your nurse coordinates your plan of care.
  • Your nurse encourages the use of techniques learned in therapy.
  • Your nurse assists you, the patient, in learning about:
    • Medications
    • Bladder/bowel needs
    • Skin care needs
    • Safety precautions
    • Mobility
    • Medical diagnosis
    • Discharge needs


Rehabilitation psychologists support individuals as they cope with the mental and physical challenges their conditions present and will often teach them how to adapt and make lifestyle choices that promote good health.

  • After assessing and diagnosing a patient, a rehabilitation psychologist is usually responsible for:
    • determining a proper treatment plan, which may include various forms of therapy.
    • rehabilitation psychologists will often help an individual establish a support network, including family, friends and paraprofessionals to further assist with his or her treatment.
    • help those who have substance use or chronic pain issues.


Physical Therapist

  • A specialist that works to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent further disabilities or loss of body function.
    • Your Physical Therapist:
      • Assesses joint range of motion, posture, gait, orthotics, and brace/prosthetic (artificial limb) fittings.
      • Provides health, hydrotherapy, and electrical stimulation.
      • Teaches you ambulation skills – use of braces, crutches, canes, wheelchair, etc.
      • Teaches transfers to and from your tub bench, bedside commode, or toilet.

Occupational Therapist

A specialist that works to maintain and restore function to an optimal level physically and psychologically for your return to work, school, family, or community.

  • Your Occupational Therapist
    • Assess work related activities.
    • Will treat you by improving joint function and strengthening weak muscle groups.
    • Evaluates your perceptual-motor difficulties.
    • Assists in developing skills in self-care. (dressing, shoe tying, putting on socks, etc.)
    • Provides orthotic/assistive equipment.
    • Modifies behavior patterns.
    • Manages activities of daily living

Speech/Language Pathologist

A specialist that evaluates and treats communication and swallowing disorders secondary to a disability or developmental disorders secondary to procedures.

    • Your Speech Therapist assesses:
      • Fluency
      • Swallowing
      • Respiration
      • Phonation
      • Receptive/expressive abilities, including comprehension and verbalization
      • Need for non-verbal communication devices

Case Manager

A specialist that assists in dealing with issues that arise when faced with a disability (i.e. work, finances, living arrangements, transportation, and reintegration into the community).

  • Your Case Manager:
    • Acts as a liaison between you and community resources
    • Facilitates communication between your family and the Rehabilitation Team
    • Provides weekly updates regarding progress or changes in the treatment plan


A specialist that assesses and provides for your nutritional needs.

  • Your Dietitian will:
    • Assess ideal body weight and nutritional habits
    • Evaluate the proper foods to facilitate the swallowing program
    • Plan therapeutic diets and provides instructions
    • Manage tube feeding regimen

You are Your Family

The most important members of the team.

  • Your and your family:
    • Are actives participants in the program
    • Learn aspects of the illness or disability
    • Have a commitment to the program
    • Are involved in the learning skills needed for home environment


Provides spiritual counsel and support.

  • Your Chaplain:
    • Assesses spiritual needs
    • Counsels regarding spiritual concerns
    • Supports you and your family


Assesses education needs of the team and intervenes appropriately.

  • The Educator:
    • FIM Training
    • Provides staff with patient education material and resources
    • Provides staff education

Admission Liaison

Assesses you prior to admission to the rehabilitation unit to ensure admission criteria are met.

  • Liaison between the rehabilitation hospital and the community
  • Evaluates the medical necessity and rehabilitation needs of potential patients