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A Typical day at The Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center

Each morning, a team member will assist you in getting up, getting dressed in your own clothes, and getting ready for the day. An occupational therapist may come to your room to work on Activities of Daily Living skills, or the nursing staff may assist you with the morning routine, encouraging independence and reinforcing techniques and skills learned in therapy.

You will participate in at least three hours of therapy each day, five days a week, with an abbreviated program on the sixth day. Each night, therapists write the next day’s therapy schedule on the communication board in your room so that you know what to expect.

Most therapy sessions are held in the rehabilitation gym, but some sessions will be held in your room or on the hospital grounds. Therapy generally ends for the day around 4pm. You are then free to rest, relax, spend time with visitors or participate in a leisure activity.

Breakfast arrives at 8am, lunch is at noon, and dinner arrives at 5pm. We have a spacious and bright dining room, and you are encouraged to have meals there and to use it as a day room for family visits or other leisure activities.

The criteria for admission and continued stay in an acute rehabilitation facility are that patients participate in at least three hours of therapy per day, five days per week. Most therapy will occur in individual sessions, but group sessions may occur when appropriate. Possible therapies include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology.

Physical Therapy
A physical therapist or physical therapist assistant may work with you to restore mobility and function and to achieve set rehabilitation goals. The therapist will discuss home safety and follow-up recommendations. These therapists may make recommendations for home modifications or durable medical equipment and will help you obtain suggested equipment as needed. 

Occupational therapy
An occupational therapist or certified occupational therapist assistant may work with you to achieve the greatest level of independence in self-care and daily activities. In addition to working on basic skills such as bathing and dressing, you will have an opportunity to practice cooking and home management skills as needed.

Speech-language pathology
If appropriate, a speech-language pathologist may work with you to address swallowing and communication needs that impact daily activities. Goals of therapy may be to determine the safest diet, address swallowing concerns, and/or focus on receptive and expressive language to improve speech clarity and intelligibility.