Hospitals and medical facilities play an important role in protecting the population against disease and treating those that have fallen ill. Various types of medical facilities are available to the patient today, with some offering more intensive care procedures. Acute treatment is not the only type of care service that is required by patients, as some require longer-term care for chronic ailments.
Following a period of illness or a serious injury, there are times where a period of rehabilitation needs to be introduced to the patient as well. Rehabilitation is required in different scenarios, ranging from weaning off a ventilator after being placed on the device for a long period of time, to recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
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Importance of In-Patient Rehabilitation Services
When a patient needs to undergo rehabilitation, there are various options available to them. The patient may be advised to obtain rehabilitation from an acute setup, where they report at scheduled times for these services. In other cases, rehabilitation may be provided as an in-patient service. It is important for patients to understand the differences between these services. There are several cases where an acute rehabilitation setting would not suffice for the needs of the patient – in these scenarios, seeking assistance from an in-patient setting would provide more effective care.
With an in-patient rehabilitation service, the patient is provided with a bed inside of the facility. The patient remains at the rehabilitation facility for the duration of the services provided. Qualified, highly skilled staff, including nurses and doctors, will provide continuous surveillance to all patients admitted to the in-patient ward. There is staff on duty 24/7 – which means patients can gain access to medical assistance at any time – day or night.
One research paper explains that during a patient’s time at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, they are offered at least three hours of therapy per day – for a period of seven days. Qualified nurses are required to be staffed inside the facility. A physician is also scheduled to see the patient a minimum of three times per week.
Another research paper explains the efficacy of in-patient rehabilitation services. During the study, patients admitted to these facilities were analyzed. Over 80% of the patients who previously experienced trauma had improvements in their symptoms and function. A total of 56% were discharged during the initial period, whereas additional rehabilitation was still needed by the remaining patients.
With an acute rehabilitation setting, patients are generally only provided treatment during scheduled times. The patient will often remain at home while they are not receiving rehabilitation services. There are cases where the patient is admitted, but only for a very short period of time – often not long enough to help the patient through their recovery.
Types of In-Patient Rehabilitation Services
There are different types of rehabilitation services that can be used to assist patients with recovery. The primary types include physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation therapies. These rehabilitation services are often combined to provide a more effective approach to the recovery of the patient. Various scenarios call for rehabilitation services. We look at a few cases where rehabilitation services in an in-patient setting may be helpful for a patient.
Weaning From Ventilator
Mechanical ventilators may be used when a patient falls ill. While some patients only require temporary ventilation, others are hooked up to these machines for an extended period of time. Long-term ventilation can make it hard for the patient to breathe on their own when they have recovered from an illness. With in-patient rehabilitation services, patients are supervised while they are weaned from the ventilator. Trained staff with the skills to understand how the weaning process works will be tasked at overlooking the patient. The staff will know when the patient will be able to breathe on their own for a short period of time, and when the machine needs to be put back on.
Several neurological issues and events require rehabilitation. Patients who had suffered a stroke, for example, may require physical rehabilitation services to help them regain function in affected body parts.
Other cases where neurological problems may require rehabilitation include:
Speech rehabilitation services may also be provided to patients with a stroke. Physical and occupational therapies are commonly provided following an injury to the brain or spinal cord.
Hip and Knee Replacement
Following a hip or knee replacement surgery, movement may be restricted for some time. Still, the patient is advised to get back on their feet as soon as possible. This essentially helps with the recovery process – but many people require assistance in doing so.
Hip replacement rehabilitation services help to care for the patient while they are recovering from the surgery. Physical and occupational therapies are introduced to help them regain motion in their lower limbs and to assist in making walking easier.
Individuals who experience large wounds, which can be caused by falling, accidents, or even as a result of diabetes, often need constant supervision during the healing process of the wound. Taking care of serious wounds at home can be tough and insufficient.
Rehabilitation services provided as an in-patient setting ensures nursing staff can clean the wound more frequently. A clean dressing is also added to the wound. Physicians are also able to check up on the patient multiple times each week – this ensures the patient can get the care they need to reduce complications. Any appropriate actions are also taken immediately if complications are noted.
Several conditions affecting small children require rehabilitation too. Specialized care can be provided at an in-patient setting for rehabilitation related to chromosomal abnormalities, injuries to the head, as well as a delayed development. Infants with Cerebral Palsy can also obtain adequate care and rehabilitation services through these long-term programs.
Cambridge Medical & Rehabilitation Center is the specialized provider for Long-term Care and rehabilitation services in the United Arab Emirates. With 2 main facilities in Abu Dhabi & Al Ain, which are designed in a rehabilitation and long-term care hospital with a capacity of 90 beds each.
Cambridge provides an interdisciplinary clinical approach for inpatients’ services which is customized for adults, adolescents, and children. The best rehabilitation services are not only our goal but our ultimate objective is to customize the care plan for each patient and make sure that the patient’s family and their members are integrated into the treatment plan.
Either you joined Abu Dhabi hospital or Al Ain hospital for any kind of our rehabilitation services or even for long-term care you will feel as if you are at #Your Second Home.