This video has been developed to help you understand what to expect should you need inpatient rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is often needed following an accident, illness or surgery, and often takes place initially at a hospital. Rehabilitation is part of the journey back to independence, and your family and friends are encouraged to be part of the process.
Being independent as much as possible is important. We will work with you to set goals for your rehabilitation journey. Think about what you need to be able to do to leave hospital safely. Talk with your family about your goals. Your early goals may include getting back on your feet, showering, dressing, or making a cup of tea.
Many different people are involved in your rehab journey. Your doctors look after your medical needs while you’re on the program. Nurses support and assist you to care for yourself. Everyday tasks like showering and dressing, sitting out of bed and walking to the bathroom, are integral to your rehabilitation. Physiotherapists help you improve your strength, balance and fitness to get you moving again. Occupational therapists work with you to improve your independence, with activities such as personal care and home tasks. We will teach you how to use equipment to be as independent as possible. We will review your home set-up if needed. Allied health assistants and nursing assistants help you to do your exercises and everyday activities. Other support staff include ward clerks, food services, and patient support assistants. You may see a social worker, speech pathologist, dietician, pharmacist, and a phlebotomist, who will take blood for testing.
Each member of the team is there to guide you towards your goals, but the real work comes from you. Some of the things you can do while you’re in the hospital to help your progress include participate in all tasks which you would normally do for yourself, be out of bed during the day as much as you are able, get dressed in your day clothes, practice the exercises and technique you have learnt, move out of your bedroom during the day, have lunch in the patient lounge, join the group in the gym or courtyard, and go outside with your family on the weekend.
We want you to reach your goals and will help you to solve challenges on the way that may hold you back. It is important that you let us know if you are having any difficulties. Remember, you can continue to work on your goals once you leave the hospital.
So, in summary, here are some important things to remember. Generate goals and begin an action plan. Participate in all tasks that you would normally do yourself such as showering, bathing and getting dressed. Practice the exercises and techniques you have learned. Be out of bed as much as you are able and be as active as possible. Move out of your room during the day and go outside when you can. Continuing support is always available to help in your recovery, remember to talk to your keyworker and other staff.