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Medical Rehabilitation Program

Do you or a loved one suffer from a stroke? . . . Listen to radio interview from Daniel Johnson, PT, Director of Rehabilitations Services, who discusses the signs, symptoms, and treatment for those affected by stroke

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Health, Happiness, Independence. At UPMC Chautauqua, our medical rehabilitation team provides a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that includes daily therapies, led by Dr. Brooke Kelly, D.O., Physiatrist and Medical Director of UPMC Chautauqua’s medical rehabilitation program. Whether you are recovering from a disabling illness such as a stroke, or surgery from a hip fracture, UPMC Chautauqua can help you overcome your limitations and help you return back to your home, your community, and your loved ones.

Once a patient is discharged from the inpatient rehabilitation program, patients may continue therapy through UPMC Chautauqua Center For Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation.

UPMC Chautauqua Medical Rehabilitation team includes:

The Patient And The Family
The Patient and Family - are the most important members of the team and are involved in all aspects of rehabilitation in order to achieve their goals.

Individualized Treatment Plan
Once a patient is medically stable, the medical rehabilitation team provides a comprehensive individualized treatment plan, tailored to each patient’s recovery needs. The program assesses each person's abilities using best practice protocols and guidelines to maximize the functional recovery of the patient.

Experienced, highly-skilled nursing care
UPMC Chautauqua's specially trained rehabilitation professionals provide quality nursing care with an emphasis on improving the patient’s ability to care for themselves.

Physical therapyPhysical therapy
The physical therapist helps thepatient gain strength, balance, coordination, andendurance.  The therapist also works to improve bed movement, transfers, and walking or wheelchair skills.

Occupational therapyOccupational therapy
The occupational therapist helps the patient gain independence in activities of daily living such as dressing, personal hygiene, and feeding.  The therapist also focuses on improving strength, coordination, and problem solving skills needed for returning to household and/or community jobs.

Speech-language therapySpeech-language therapy
Speech and Language and Hearing therapists provide a comprehensive, quality service in the diagnosis and treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders. The dedicated team of professionals is patient-centered and family-focused to maximize the patient’s ability to communicate.

Pet therapy
Pet therapy can enhance the patient’s functional outcome.  For many patients, pet therapy is a real plus and a natural anti-depressant.

Horticulture therapy
Horticultural therapy is the purposeful use of plants and gardens to promote individual mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.  The experience takes place in a dedicated garden at the Jones Memorial Health Center campus.

Case Management
The case manager brings together many parts of the patient's care, including:  education, team conferences, communication with insurance companies, and discharge planning.  Case managers are resource people for the patient and family during the rehabilitation stay.

Psychology services
The psychology team provides services on a case-by-case basis.  The psychologist offers support and education to help the patient and family deal with life changes.

Outpatient therapy
UPMC Chautauqua provides outpatient therapy programs at UPMC Chautauqua Center For Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation that includes physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy, tailored to each patient’s therapy needs.

Family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend therapy sessions to learn how to help the patient with such activities as transfers, exercises, and activities of daily living so they understand what to expect when loved ones transition to the home environment.

To refer a patient to the Medical Rehabilitation Program, call 716-664-8650.