A central tenet of rehabilitation medicine is teamwork, and the patient and family make up the most important part of that team. Our goal is to return our patients to home as quickly as possible, and this requires communication among all staff involved in patient care. We accomplish this through daily “team huddles” to ensure patients remain on track and allow the rehab team to assess daily progress. Family involvement in therapy sessions is also important whenever possible. This helps ensure that those assisting in the transition to home have the necessary skills and education to make that transition successful.
In our inpatient programs, patients are re-learning skills that were lost through illness and injury. That may include learning how to walk, how to button a shirt or how to get in and out of bed. To encourage independence, patients wear their own clothes and we encourage social interaction, group activities and dining in a common area. Other features you will discover at San Joaquin include:
Patient rooms are double occupancy to encourage social interaction. Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs roll directly into the showers so patients can start learning to take care of themselves and begin their transition to home. Each patient has a telephone and an easily adjustable TV. Patients who require respiratory and speech therapy receive it in their rooms or special areas.
Our spacious gym is the setting for many of the activities of therapy. Adjacent to the gym is our ADL (activities of daily living) training area, which includes a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom designed to simulate a home environment. Our therapists use the ADL training area to replicate real-life situations and teach patients the skills necessary to return home.
Our outdoor ambulatory course includes a variety of slopes and textures – wood, aggregate, cobblestones – to help patients prepare for the everyday challenges outside the hospital setting.
The Transitional Living Apartment is furnished with a regular bed, sofa, bathroom and kitchen. Patients using the apartment develop the skills they need to live independently at home. In addition, they enjoy the security of knowing they can receive assistance quickly by using the nurse call system.
Featuring a panoramic view of the surrounding area, our Day Room is used by our therapeutic recreation specialists for leisure activities that enhance our patients’ psychosocial well-being. Individual and group treatments provide learning of new skills that promote a successful return to home and family.