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Inpatient Rehabilitation at Sharon Regional

By Joanne Markovich, MSN, RN, C
     Director of Skilled Care Center & Rehabilitation

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Sharon Regional is a 19-bed unit accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities that opened July 1, 1990. Admissions are accepted from other facilities.

Inpatient Rehab specializes in assisting people whose lives were affected by a traumatic injury or potentially disabling disease to improved health and functional, productive lives. Individuals who benefit from the specialized services include those who have experienced joint replacement, amputation, stroke, motor vehicle accidents, and other neurological and orthopedic diseases. The health care team includes rehabilitation nurses, physiatrists (physicians specializing in rehabilitation), physical, occupational, respiratory and recreational therapists, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, and other allied health professionals who work together using an interdisciplinary approach.

The goal is to assist each patient in the restoration of health and a return to their highest achievable level of function and independence. The interdisciplinary team, along with the patient and their family, establish goals to overcome obstacles and accomplish normal task of everyday living.

Rehabilitation nurses focus on possibilities and achievements, not on limitations and inabilities. Rehab nurses also concentrate on retraining, education, and teaching of skills that are lost from an injury or illness.

The rehab nurses begin to work with individuals and their families soon after an injury or illness strikes, and continue to provide support and education after the person returns home. The nurse acts not only as a caregiver but also as coordinator, collaborator, and counselor in carrying out goals set by the team.

It is estimated that most Americans will require at least one rehabilitation service at some point in their lives. Disability does not discriminate-every person is at risk of disability, therefore everyone is a potential candidate for rehabilitation. Sharon Regional’s Inpatient Rehabilitation team provides outstanding, professional care to our community.