Inpatient Rehabilitation

older woman in physical therapy with pt therapist

The inpatient rehabilitation program at Newton Medical Center is specially designed to rehabilitate patients to their highest functional level and return them to the community. We are dedicated to providing excellent care centered on the individual needs of each patient and their families.

NMC’s program is designated as an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF). IRFs are uniquely designed rehabilitation programs that allow patients maximum therapy time. This type of inpatient rehabilitation care is also known as hospital-level, or acute, rehabilitation care. This specialized level of care is not available in other settings, such as nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers or extended care centers. In addition, NMC’s program is under the direct supervision of a physician specializing in rehabilitation.

Conditions Commonly Treated

  • Stroke
  • Hip fracture
  • Joint replacements
  • Arthritis
  • Amputation
  • Neurological disorders (i.e., M.S., Parkinson’s disease, ALS)
  • Brain injury
  • Congenital deformities
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Other disabling conditions (i.e., cancer, congestive heart failure, infection)

Common Impairments Addressed in Therapy

  • Loss of mobility
  • Loss of balance/coordination
  • Loss of bowel/bladder control
  • Difficulty in everyday activities (i.e., eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, homemaking)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty with speech and language/voice disorders
  • Memory deficits and judgment difficulties
  • Safety awareness

Occupational & Physical Therapy

NMC’s occupational & physical therapy department provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment sessions in both acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings.

Our occupational therapists train patients and families on use of adaptive equipment, modify activities and environments, address cognitive retraining and simplify work. They work with patients and families to assist patients back to a level of independence with activities of daily living and physical function.

NMC’s physical therapists assess joint range of motion, strength, balance and endurance as a result of many types of injuries, conditions and disorders. They work with patients and families to facilitate recovery to the highest level of function.

Respiratory Therapy

Our respiratory therapy department provides diagnosis and treatment for conditions affecting the cardiopulmonary system. NMC’s respiratory therapists provide ventilation support, assistance in labor and delivery, medications to the cardiopulmonary system, assistance with CPR and the maintenance of artificial airways. They facilitate diagnostic testing such as pulmonary function testing and sleep testing, as well as support transitions from the hospital to home care with the use of pulmonary aids, such as CPAPs.

Speech Therapy

The Newton Medical Center’s fully credentialed speech language pathologists (speech therapists) evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. Patients range from infants with feeding and swallowing disorders to adults who have had strokes.

Program Admissions

For consideration for admission, patients should:

  • Require rehabilitation nursing care 24 hours a day and close supervision by a physician
  • Have the potential to improve functional skills

Pre-admission screenings are provided at no charge to determine eligibility for admission. To request a pre-admission screening or a tour of the unit, call (316) 804-6202.

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