The following tests and treatments are some of the most common offered by specialists at the Skilled Care Unit. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (708) 660-INFO (4636) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here. During their stay in the Skilled Care Unit, patients may receive:
- Physical therapy: Helps patients achieve improved mobility and regain function, independence and quality of life after a stroke, injury or surgical procedure or as a result of chronic pain or disability.
- Occupational therapy: Helps patients regain function and independence in performing activities of daily living and promote quality of life after a stroke, injury or surgical procedure or as a result of chronic pain or disability.
- Speech therapy: Treatment for people who have trouble speaking or swallowing or have cognitive issues as a result of stroke, neurological deficits, or disease.
- Skilled nursing care: Care given or supervised by registered nurses, including direct care; managing, observing and evaluating a patient’s care; and teaching self-care to the patient and his or her family caregiver.
- Recreation/activities therapy: Provides activities to patients to improve or maintain physical, mental and emotional well-being, including arts and crafts, pet therapy, sports, games, music, and community outings based on patient interests.
- Social work/case management services: Assess patients’ social and emotional status, financial and benefit resources, and other factors that impact overall well-being and discharge disposition; identify discharge needs; connect patients and families to appropriate services to address identified needs; and educate on navigating post discharge community and health services.
Discharge planning: Planning for transition to the next phase of recovery or care– whether to home or elsewhere – involves the patient, family/care givers and the skilled nursing team. Discharge planning includes:
- Evaluation of the patient by the interdisciplinary team.
- Discussion with the patient and family members or caregivers.
- Planning for homecoming or transfer to another care facility.
- Determining if caregiver training or other support is needed.
- Referrals to home care agency and/or appropriate support organizations in the community.