Rehabilitation services provide care to clients in the sub-region following a catastrophic event or identified rehabilitation need that is accessible, time limited, flexible, goal orientated and multidisciplinary. Patients may be admitted in either a rehabilitation, or Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) bed. Both are managed by the same team with a greater emphasis on assessment and needs of the older person for those in a GEM bed.
The WDHS rehabilitation program is committed to providing the best possible outcomes for all patients admitted to the program. The program aims to achieve the maximum level of re-integration into the community by admitting patients at the right time; effectively assessing needs, implementing a structured care plan and discharge from the program being a smooth, seamless transition with an appropriate service plan in place.
The Program aims to:
- increase participation in your own care
- give you a greater understanding of the physical and emotional changes associated with your health problems
- assist you to further develop your skills in managing these changes
- provide support for you and your family in managing your condition
Clients in the program will get dressed (comfortable, loose fitting day clothes and safe footwear) and spend most of the time during the day out of bed. They will be looked after by a team of health professionals including doctors, nurses and therapists and participate in a daily therapy program. The team hold regular meetings to discuss the progress of each client.
In-patients are subject to a full assessment period, to identify the most effective service to clients. This may be a brief period of time or extending up to two weeks, dependent on patients’ needs. We conduct standard assessments which provide information on general health, to allow us to see how we can assist you to maintain and regain your daily living skills. Following this assessment, we will be able to determine if the program is the best option for you. If for any reason it is not your best choice, we will discuss alternatives for you.
Outpatient rehab programs operate in conjunction with the Allied Health Service at WDHS. Referrals may result from an inpatient stay or from a community intake worker, whom assesses individuals for their suitability and need for rehabilitation.
Facilities in the Unit
The rehabilitation unit comprises five beds which are funded for either rehabilitation or Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) beds. The area has been designed within the current ward to maximise opportunities to enhance patient independence. A dayroom has been set up with TV and audio visual equipment, along with a dining table and chairs. A purpose designed bathroom is co-located within the unit, as well as two other smaller bathrooms for patients to access. Trained rehabilitation nurses are employed within the unit, allied health personnel actively assist with patient care in this area as part of the team. Patients are admitted under the care of a fully trained physician, who is assisted by a small team of medical professionals.
The Rehabilitation Team Leader coordinates the day to day running of this service. Our multi-disciplinary team brings their broad range of skills to the program, enabling all areas of your rehabilitation to be effectively addressed. Members may include:
- Consultant Physician
- Occupational Therapist
- Nursing Staff
- Social Worker
- Speech Pathologist
- Continence Service
- Diabetes Educator
- Discharge Planner
- Allied Health Assistant
- Aged Care Placement Coordinator
We encourage family members and those who care for the person to be involved in the rehabilitation process. To aid progress the rehabilitation team conducts family meetings to discuss team goals and future planning. Education is provided if required to assist in ongoing care and safety of the client and their carer’s. Close links have been established with inpatient rehabilitation teams and local and sub-regional services. This ensures a smooth and continuous service.
Patients have a daily rest period between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. During this time we encourage visitors not to attend. This allows for the patient to rest, enabling them to fully participate in their individual rehabilitation program.
The current rehabilitation unit is undergoing a major redevelopment which is expected to be completed in early 2013. The new unit will comprise of new bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a fully functional ADL kitchen, gymnasium and areas for relaxation and activities.
Referrals are accepted from any healthcare professionals including GP’s, nursing and allied health personnel. Referrals can be submitted by email, direct phone call or via TRAK Care to the Sub-Acute Care Coordinator. We accept referrals from all other healthcare networks including interstate.