Neurological Rehabilitation Program
Mt Wilga's neurological rehabilitation program is designed to meet your needs if you experience disabilities resulting from a neurological illness or injury. These may include stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions.
As a day patient your rehabilitation team will formulate a treatment plan for you based on your individual needs and from an assessment by a Rehabilitation Physician.
Day patients attend 1 – 5 times per week as deemed appropriate. Your program will be scheduled by the Day Rehabilitation Coordinator.
Your rehabilitation program may include the following services:
- Exercise Physiology
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Neuro Psychology
Your physiotherapy program will be coordinated by a physiotherapist with training and interest in neurological conditions. Your program seeks to facilitate your recovery to the optimal level of independence and includes assessing and treating the following areas:
- Bed mobility
- Moving form lying, sitting and standing
- Walking and using stairs
- Reaching, grasping and manipulating every day objects
- Flexibility and fitness.
- Prescription of mobility aids
- Home exercise program
Your occupational therapist plays a vital role in helping you maximise your functional independence in all aspects of your daily life. Your occupational therapist will assess your ability to perform your daily activities and design a program that will help you return to your previous lifestyle. The following areas will be addressed by your occupational therapist:
- Personal care activities
- Functional movement
- Cognitive retraining
- Home safety assessment
- Prescription of aids to help you maintain your independence
- Driver education
- Home management skills
- Work related skills
- Leisure skills
Your occupational therapist will also assist you with the prescription of equipment to help you maintain your independence and may visit your home prior to discharge to ensure a safe environment for you.
If your neurological condition has resulted in communication or swallowing difficulties, a Speech Pathologist will see you. A specialised treatment program will focus on:
- Establishing a reliable means of communication
- Using the telephone, reading and writing
- Speech clarity
- Cognitive (thinking) and memory retraining
- Safe swallowing techniques and food modification if required
If you are experiencing swallowing difficulties, you will be seen by the dietician to ensure your nutritional needs are met.
For patients with a spinal cord injury, diet modification may be required to control weight and optimise functional activity.