Getting well doesn’t just happen from a hospital bed or inside a gym. Sometimes, letting patients get back to nature is the key to physical and psychological recovery.
What is medical rehabilitation?
Combining medical practice with therapeutic rehabilitation, the inpatient medical rehab program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, supports patients with a wide range of acute or chronic conditions that cause temporary or permanent disability, which may include:
- Renal or metabolic disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Immune system disorders
Patients also come for inpatient medical rehab after:
- Multiple trauma
- Postoperative deconditioning
- Organ system failure and transplants
Some of our goals for patients with acute or chronic conditions might include:
- Minimizing deconditioning effects of prolonged bed rest or postoperative complications
- Minimizing secondary complications of cardiac disease and/or surgery
- Increasing independence with ambulation and self-care
- Improving endurance and efficiency of activities of daily living (ADL)
- Developing and implementing energy conservation techniques
Inpatient medical rehabilitation can help patients:
- Manage lifestyle changes including diet, exercise and sexuality
- Reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and enhance coping mechanisms
- Address the psychological effects of an illness and any resulting impairment
- Transition to outpatient rehabilitation services for continued progress
Ultimately, our aim is to help patients regain as much independence as possible. We take a creative approach to therapy and strive to have patients in therapy a minimum of three hours a day for five out of seven days a week.
Inpatient medical rehab team
The nature of the inpatient medical rehab program requires close collaboration between specialists to address the vocational, social and lifestyle needs of every individual. As an acute rehabilitation hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab is uniquely positioned for medical rehab with a full range of staffed clinicians, including:
- Rehabilitation physicians
- Rehabilitation nurses
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Care managers
- Recreational therapists
- Internal medicine physicians, including a cardiologist
Our therapists tailor exercises specific to your medical status, goals and interests. Programs within inpatient medical rehab might include:
- Oncology program – which improves strength and endurance, and reduces the debilitating effects of major surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy
- Cardiology program – which promotes an improved level of function and an earlier return to activity after a cardiac event or procedure
- Pulmonary program – which increases endurance, strength and mobility while patients learn to conserve energy and minimize respiratory distress
Family support of inpatient medical rehab
For the best results possible, we allow and encourage family members to actively participate in the rehabilitation process. This can be a great support for the patient, as well as an ideal chance for family to get the education and training they may need for life after Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.
A hand therapy specialist is well-versed in a variety of methods and works to develop a personalized regimen for the unique needs of every patient. Our patients come from all walks of life—from young athletes to long-term arthritis sufferers to accidental burn victims.
The frustrating effects of Parkinson Disease can take a toll on a patient’s abilities and self-image. However, a customized therapy plan can help Parkinson patients make significant gains.
Independence is a major goal of every rehabilitation program. For over 30 years, the driver rehabilitation program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has offered a unique way for patients to return to this crucial aspect of their lives.
As part of our specialized treatment for each athlete, sports injury rehab includes use of therapies and training exercises that not only mimic the demands of your sport but also address the unique conditions of the specific position you play within your sport.
Inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation treatment and complex stroke treatment. We develop a unique stroke rehab therapy plan that help patients immediately build on their strengths and learn to compensate for limitations.
Equine-assisted therapy provides physical as well as cognitive benefits for a person’s recovery. As the horse walks, the repetitive swinging motion helps to improve the person’s balance, coordination and strength and muscle tone through the trunk and legs. Cognitive skills improve because riding requires balance, stability, timing and planning.
As one of the most extensive programs at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, our primary focus is to help patients build strength, mobility and endurance for a variety of orthopaedic conditions.