The most important member of your team is you.
Many others, however, will be instrumental in your care.
All employees of the IRU are committed to providing high-quality healthcare services to adult and geriatric patients.
Depending on patient needs, IRU staff may include physical and occupational therapy assistants, nursing assistants, and additional rehabilitation physicians. Services provided may include nutrition services, neuropsychology, orthotics/prosthetics, respiratory therapy, diabetic care, wound care, diabetes care, and palliative medicine.
Orthotics/prosthetics, vocational rehabilitation counseling, audiology, and driver’s education are provided through independent practitioners, as needed, through referrals.
Staffing is based on number of patients in the unit, diagnosis, severity of injury or issue, patient needs, and intensity of services required by each patient, as well as state practice guidelines following Title 22.
Staff competencies include functional independence measure scoring (FIM), basic life support (BLS), and discipline-specific core and rehabilitation competencies.
The IRU rehab team consists of the following roles:
- Physiatrist — a board-certified doctor in physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation nurse — assists in managing complex medical and rehabilitation care, while focusing on teaching self-care follow-through and guiding you and your family through your recovery process
- Physical therapist — helps you regain strength, balance, and coordination to restore mobility
- Occupational therapist — teaches you new ways to perform daily activities such as grooming, bathing, and dressing
- Speech language therapist — helps you regain speaking and swallowing functions and cognitive abilities
- Social worker — helps patients and families adjust and cope with new disabilities, and assists in coordinating your discharge process
- Clinical dietitian — oversees your nutritional needs, working with other team members to ensure your diet is appropriate for your rehabilitation and medical needs
Your other team — your family
Your family is your major support system. We include them in treatment, education, and planning throughout your stay.
Payer sources include Medicare, Medi-Cal (Alliance), commercial insurance plans, Worker’s Compensation, CHAMPUS/TriCare, and self-pay. Those without insurance are referred to Community Hospital’s financial assistance program and may qualify for free or discounted services. The IRU clinical liaison obtains pre-authorization as required by the insurer for admission to the IRU and discloses the financial impact to the patient and family prior to admission.