A Center for Excellence
St. Jude Medical Center's Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is widely regarded as one of the best in the country, and it is accredited by both the Joint Commission, the nation's predominant standards—setting organization in healthcare, and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Our program brings together experts from many areas to address the unique needs of the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. Individuals from across the nation have benefitted from our holistic and innovative approach, rebuilding their lives and reclaiming their independence.
By combining the talents of an elite team of specialists with today's most advanced therapies, we help students go on to graduate, moms return to their vital role, and individuals of all ages rediscover a full and rewarding life.
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Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
St. Jude offers comprehensive services to help adults, adolescents and children reduce physical and mental limitations caused by stroke, neurological disorders, spinal cord injury, head injury, amputation, certain orthopaedic conditions, neuromuscular disorders, multiple trauma or other disabling conditions. For admission to our program patients will be evaluated for rehabilitation potential.
Multidisciplinary Team Assessment and Planning
Our highly skilled rehabilitation team focuses on functional, practical outcomes to help you achieve the highest possible level of independence and productivity.
You will work in partnership with a team of rehabilitation experts, which include: physicians who specialize in physical medicine-as well as specialists ranging from cardiologists to surgeons; registered nurses; physical and occupational therapists; speech pathologists; care managers/social workers; therapeutic recreational specialists; neuropsychologists and dietitians. Additional team members are added as needed, such as specialists in audiology, learning disabilities, orthotics and prosthetics, vocational rehabilitation counseling and some alternative medicine disciplines including but not limited to Healing Touch, acupuncture and Tai Chi.
Initial Evaluation and Orientation
Within the first few days of admission, the rehabilitation team will conduct evaluations and discuss your functional goals and plan treatment. You and your family will be invited to attend an initial family conference. A second family conference is scheduled prior to discharge, or as needed.
During rehabilitation, it is critical that secondary conditions, such as diabetes, urological issues, or respiratory complications-be successfully managed. With nearly 700 of Southern California's finest physicians on staff, St. Jude Medical Center offers virtually every specialty, allowing us to offer patients the right expertise at just the right time.
Family Participation and Education
Family visits and support are essential during recovery and rehabilitation. Your family's input is vital to your treatment. We ask that one family member be chosen as your primary contact for your care and progress reports. The family is expected to participate in the patient's therapy program at the appropriate time to assist the patient and learn the proper methods of caring for the patient. Visiting hours are flexible and are planned around treatment times.
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Therapeutic Activity Classes
In addition to intensive one-on-one therapy sessions, we offer patients a wide array of opportunities to learn new skills in a social setting. These interactive groups cover the gamut of interests-from cooking and Tai Chi to spiritual support and gardening-and help to strengthen each patient's psychological well-being while building physical and cognitive skills.
Outings to local activities and events allow our patients to reconnect with their communities and practice skills such as shopping, social interaction, and riding public transportation.
Home visits offer patients the opportunity to test the skills they've acquired during therapy in a familiar environment. If needed, a home assessment by one of our therapists can help determine what modifications might be necessary to increase a patient's self-sufficiency.
At St. Jude, experienced therapists help patients re-learn the skills essential for day-to-day living, from dressing and loading a dishwasher to communication skills and time management.
Return to Work or School
Our staff works with employers and school officials to determine the skills and knowledge needed to successfully return to the classroom or workplace. In addition, our therapists individualize therapy to focus on the specific improvements necessary for successful re-entry.
Our innovative recreation therapy program uses hobbies and activities of interest to the patient-from video games and knitting to musical instruments and arts and crafts-to accomplish key rehabilitation goals. Therapeutic recreational activity not only helps patients-progress faster, but provides the tools to become more self-sufficient and self-confident in all aspects of life.
Patient and Family Support
Our peer support program matches new patients with successful, former patients who have had similar experiences and are willing to share what they have learned-a valuable perspective when you are newly injured. We also provide family members and significant others with intensive training and education to ensure they can successfully continue the techniques they learned in therapy.
Counseling, support and education for patients and families alike help ensure progress and healing that is not only physical, but emotional and spiritual as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does St. Jude compare to other inpatient programs?
We are one of Southern California's most respected inpatient rehabilitation programs and one of the few to meet the rigorous standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Innovation and excellence are also reflected in our outcomes. The majority of our patients' successfully return home.
What's the first step in beginning rehabilitation at St. Jude?
We will coordinate directly with the hospital you're currently in to ensure a safe and effective transfer of care as well as work with your insurance company to arrange approval for your treatment at St. Jude.
How do I pay for rehabilitation services?
Inpatient rehabilitation is typically covered by most health plans. For more information, you should check with your insurance company or contact us.
Will I see the same doctor every day?
Yes, one of our two medical directors will visit you 5-6 days a week to monitor your progress and make any needed adjustments to your treatment plan.
How long does rehabilitation take?
Treatment is designed to meet the specific needs of each patient and varies from a few days to weeks, according to the type of injury or condition.
Will I have a phone and TV? What about email access?
You will have your own TV and telephone, and wireless internet access is available.
Can I have a private room?
Most of our rooms are private and we are typically able to accommodate requests for private rooms.
Will I see my primary care physician?
The hospitalist is your physician's partner, who will manage your care during your hospital stay.
Hospitalists are available on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. The hospitalist will be in frequent contact with your rehabilitation physician, discussing the details of your care. After discharge, your care will continue with your personal physician.
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We also offer the state's most comprehensive and innovative list of outpatient services to help you continue to progress after your inpatient stay is over. Individualized to meet your specific needs and goals, our outpatient services cover the spectrum of care, from structured therapy programs to return-to-work services.
Programs and services include:
- Driver Assessment Program
- Cognitive Recovery Center
- Wheelchair Seating Clinic
- Adapted exercise classes, from aquatic therapy to Tai Chi
- Sports and recreation programs, including wheelchair sports
- Speech Therapy
- Communication Recovery Group
- Stroke Recovery Program
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Return-to-work services, including work site evaluations to determine skills needed for successful re-entry
- Spinal Cord Injury Program
- Recreation Therapy
- Support Groups
- Chronic Pain Center
In calendar year 2011, our rehabilitation team treated the following diagnostic categories:
||Number of Inpatients
Our patients receive three to five hours of treatment a day, which includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy and psychology.
Disposition: Greater than 80 percent of our patients are discharged to home after they complete their inpatient stay.
Satisfaction: More than 86 percent of our inpatients are very satisfied with our services and would recommend our facility to others.
Brain Injury Program
In calendar year 2011, the brain injury treatment tea treated the following diagnostic categories:
Brain Injury: 122 inpatients 69 outpatients
Inpatients receive three to five hours of therapy a day. After discharge, the patient attends outpatient therapy for approximately 20 visits over a two month period of time.
Disposition: More than 80 percent of our patients are discharged back to the community after their inpatient rehabilitation stay.
Outcomes: Eighty percent of our inpatients reach their predicted outcomes.
Satisfaction: More than 87 percent of our inpatients would recommend St. Jude Centers of Rehabilitation without hesitation to others. Ninety-six percent of our outpatients were satisfied with their therapies.
Spinal Cord Injury Program
For calendar year 2011, the Spinal Cord Injury Care team (the only CARF accredited program in Orange County) treated the following patients:
Spinal Cord Injury Program: 53 Inpatients 139 Outpatients
Our inpatients receive three to five hours of therapy a day, while our outpatients come for approximately 41 visits over a three month period of time.
Disposition: Seventy-five percent of our inpatients are discharged back to the community.
Satisfaction: More than 86 percent of our inpatients indicate that they would recommend our facility to others. Ninety-six percent of our outpatients were satisfied with their therapies.
Sample of a Daily Schedule
Although most patients have a set schedule, no two days in rehabilitation are exactly alike. As your abilities and needs change, your treatment and daily activities will change to ensure your continued progress.
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Personal care activities.
7:00 - 9 a.m.
7:30 a.m. - Noon
Individual and group therapies, with rest periods as needed.
A typical morning might include two individual therapies, such as physical and recreational therapy, and one group therapy (ranging from gardening to community outings).
Noon -1 p.m.
1 - 5 p.m.
Individual and group therapies, with rest periods as needed.
Afternoon therapies will typically be different than those in the morning. For instance, if you did physical therapy and recreation therapy along with a cooking group in the morning, in the afternoon you may have speech therapy, Tai Chi and occupational therapy.
5 - 6 p.m.
6 - 9 p.m.
Relaxation and personal care activities. An ideal time for family and friends to visit.