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Join us in celebrating Rehab Week, September 13 – 19at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH)! The goal of Rehab Week is to educate our community about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation at Tallahassee Memorial is provided throughout the Big Bend region, including Acute Care at the Tallahassee Memorial Main Hospital, Tallahassee Memorial Rehabilitation Center (TMRC), Neuro Rehab (outpatient), Ortho Rehab (outpatient), Home Health Care and satellite clinics at Tallahassee Memorial Quincy Rehab, Tallahassee Memorial Wakulla Rehab, Tallahassee Memorial Gerry Center (Monticello), and Tallahassee Memorial Blountstown Rehab. Across the continuum of care, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and nursing staff work with our patients and their families to determine goals, initiate treatment, and recommend further care for optimal functional improvements. At TMH, our team of rehabilitation professionals devote themselves to improving quality of life for patients.

Tallahassee Memorial Rehabilitation Center

At the 51-bed inpatient rehab center (TMRC), patients are cared for by a comprehensive interdisciplinary team of physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists, wound care nurses, and registered dietitians. Nursing works with our medical staff to provide around-the-clock care for our two inpatient rehab floors. Many other specialty therapies, such as animal therapy, music therapy, and recreational therapy are available to complement our core team. Patients benefitting from physical, occupational and speech therapy span the continuum of care from pediatric patients to the geriatric population. Rehab staff are trained to treat many varying diagnoses including stroke, cardiac disease, cancer, trauma, lymphedema, visual dysfunction, vestibular disorders, spinal cord injury, head and neck cancer, swallowing disorders, neck and back disorders, pelvic floor dysfunction, traumatic brain injury and other traumas, complex and non-healing wounds, orthopedic disease, and hand disorders. TMRC houses an array of state-of-the-art technology designed to promote improved neuromuscular function and functional mobility after injury or diagnosis.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function at the level they want in their daily lives. When do you need physical therapy?

  • Rehabilitation after a serious injury.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Stroke rehabilitation.
  • Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Lymphedema (Swelling of lymphatic system, especially after surgery).
  • Pelvic floor.
  • Vertigo or dizziness.
  • Low back pain.
  • Neck pain.
  • Concussion.
  • Traumatic brain injury.
  • Knee, ankle or foot problems.
  • Sprains and muscle strains.
  • Arthritis.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Chronic respiratory problems.
  • Shoulder problems.
  • Problems with balance.
  • Hip fractures.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy uses goal-directed activity in the evaluation and treatment of persons whose ability to function is impaired by normal aging, illness, injury or developmental disability. Treatment goals in occupational therapy include the promotion of functional independence and prevention of disability. Occupational therapists focus on helping patients adapt to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).When do you need occupational therapy?

  • Limitations in ability to carry out self-care activities (ADLs).
  • Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Lymphedema (swelling of lymphatic system, especially after surgery).
  • Upper extremity and hands post-surgery.
  • Vision disorders.
  • Concussion.
  • Traumatic brain injury.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • When strength and endurance are at risk.
  • When your ability to function in the community has been impaired.
  • When physical, cognitive or psychological problems prevent someone from achieving tasks that are currently meaningful and important to them.
  • Limitations following a stroke or heart attack.
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic conditions, and mental health problems including Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress.

Speech Therapy

Speech language pathology, also known as speech therapy, is the study, diagnosis and treatment of defects and disorders of the voice and of spoken and written communication. Speech therapy also evaluates and treats swallowing disorders (dysphagia), neurological and physical disorders and conditions caused by an injury or illness. When do you need speech therapy?

  • Stroke.
  • Traumatic brain injury.
  • Concussion.
  • Head and neck cancer.
  • Swallowing difficulties.
  • Developmental disorders.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Trouble with memory or have increased confusion.
  • Difficulty in following simple commands or have trouble understanding.
  • Trouble formulating words and sentences correctly.
  • Experiencing slurred speech or strain to talk.
  • Difficulty in reading and writing.
  • Experiencing lip, mouth or tongue weakness.
  • To establish an alternative mode of communication if speech is impaired.

Rehab Nursing

The Tallahassee Memorial Rehabilitation Center’s nursing department includes more than 100 colleagues, including RNs, LPNs, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), social workers, discharge planners, unit secretaries and more. The nursing staff provides around-the-clock care for two inpatient floors and their roles include:

  • Comprehensive physical and emotional support.
  • Assessment and care planning.
  • Assistance with mobility, bathing, feeding and other activities of daily living.
  • Medication education and management.
  • Advanced wound care for complex wound and surgical cases.
  • Intravenous therapies including parental nutrition, blood transfusions and antibiotics.
  • Bowel and bladder training.
  • Care coordination and discharge planning.

Pediatric Rehab

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare provides comprehensive, family-centered services to children from infancy through adolescence. Through a multidisciplinary approach, which may include physical, occupational and speech therapy, we strive to help children achieve their full potential in everyday life activities. Our highly qualified pediatric therapists provide assessments and therapy programs which include consultation/collaboration with family, school and medical professionals as necessary. Common conditions among our patients include:

  • Developmental delay.
  • Premature birth.
  • Traumatic brain injury.
  • Autism spectrum disorders.
  • Torticollis.
  • Tourette’s.
  • Sensory motor skills.
  • Wheelchair evaluations.
  • Serial casting for diagnoses like Cerebral Pasley.

To learn more about rehabilitation at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, visit TMH.ORG/Rehab.

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