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Published on November 20, 2018

New Inpatient Rehab space helps patients regain independence

As a healthcare provider, you know that few things are as frustrating, challenging and, at times, rewarding as watching patients regain abilities lost due to disease or injury. That's what drives Gundersen Health System's Inpatient Rehabilitation—and why we are pleased to announce the opening of our new Inpatient Rehabilitation unit.

The 20-bed facility is designed with accessibility in mind to help your patients maximize their functional independence. The space features a Liko lift system in all patient rooms, including every room's private, attached bathroom, and in hallways to help prioritize safe and independent movement. Four rooms include increased comforts for bariatric patients.

The unit is home to a variety of specialty rooms, too, with features that may be incorporated into your patient's therapy or treatment to decrease barriers to accessibility in the home, such as:

  • A dining/activity room for socialization and therapy
  • An independent living space where patients can test skills like bed transfers, cooking and other tasks
  • A laundry room
  • And a tub room, which allows patients to simulate getting in and out of a tub.

In addition to the improved space, Inpatient Rehabilitation at Gundersen also has added the role of admission liaison to its comprehensive team. In the new role, Angela Brown, RN, UDSMR® certified admission liaison, helps streamline the admissions process and make sure patients are matched with the most fitting rehabilitation setting for them, whether it is a nursing home, Inpatient Rehabilitation or another option.

Angela uses comprehensive screening to review a patient's medical history and learn details about their home and support system. Combined, these elements help Angela understand every patient's unique situation—and recommend the best path for recovery so they are prepared to safely navigate life after rehabilitation. The process also includes patient education on the differences between rehabilitation options, such as physical demands, insurance coverage and other program requirements.

If you have a patient who may benefit from Inpatient Rehabilitation, contact Angela via MedLink at (800) 336-5465 or 775-5465 in La Crosse.

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