At the IVCH Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics, a collaborative approach is used by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists to help patients reclaim independence and to return to normal routines. Whether their goal is to maximize functional mobility, to become more independent with daily routines, or to regain ability to communicate, the therapists at IVCH CPRA are committed to integrating patients back into the community through this multi-disciplinary approach. In order to make the most of each patient’s experience during the rehabilitation process, the therapists work as a team to meet both the patient’s and the family’s goals.

Each discipline will start with an initial evaluation assessing the patient’s functional limitations and impairments. The family, along with the therapist, will develop an individualized plan of care to address the deficits. The main focus of physical therapy in the adult population is ambulation, balance, strength, movement patterns, assessment of tone, and overall independence with functional mobility. Occupational Therapy is primarily focused on independence with activities of daily living and restoring upper extremity function. Both physical and occupational therapists can help patients achieve this independence through specific training with the use of adaptive equipment or modification to their environment.

Speech Therapy focuses on several areas including articulating sounds, expressing language, understanding language, social language aspects, cognition, and swallowing. Speech language pathologists can provide interventions to help individuals regain independence with functional needs through activities that involve using their voice or a communication device as well as establishing an oral diet to allow them to eat safely.

With a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation, patients that have been diagnosed with a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or other neurological diagnoses can have an improved success rate. The ultimate goal with an integrated approach to rehabilitation is to provide the patient with the best opportunity to achieve functional independence with everyday tasks.