New Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
at Community Memorial Hospital
Sixteen private patient rooms with a home-like ambience, an enlarged therapy gymnasium, an expanded dining and recreational area with a residential kitchen and a family gathering area are the main features of Community Memorial Hospital’s newly renovated, state-of-the-art Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.
Community Memorial first opened its Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit in 1986 in a location previously used for pediatrics. The unit was renovated in the early 1990s. “Most of the rooms had two or three beds,” said Pamela Parker, the hospital’s facility consultant. “Because patients in Inpatient Rehabilitation are transitioning from the acute care setting to function more independently at home, and may be in the hospital for a longer period of time than other patients, we wanted to create color-enhanced, home-like private rooms with accessible bathrooms in the new space. Helping patients regain their health and independence is our top priority.”
The new unit includes a separate room for therapy activities and a functional training kitchen where therapists teach patients how to maneuver around their own kitchens. Therapists also teach patients how to function safely when they arrive home. There is also an area where families can gather for conferences or private time.
Most Inpatient Rehabilitation patients are transferred from other areas of the hospital. They may have suffered a stroke or head injury, undergone orthopaedic surgery or had a limb amputated. Patient stays vary from a few days to several weeks or months. The primary goal is to prepare patients for the next step – going home.
Source: Froedtert Today
Date: March 2007