Center for Advanced Rehabiliation at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
Our team of rehabilitation specialists is committed to returning those individuals impaired by accident or disease to their highest level of independence by optimizing skills and activities used in everyday life.
It is our goal to assist you in achieving your highest level of function through a collaborative rehabilitation program that is individualized for each patient.
Excellenece and leadership...
Improving the health of our community.
Our core values - integrity accountability, teamwork, compassion and courtesy - are the foundation upon which all our interactions take place.
Code of Ethics
The Center for Advanced Rehabilitation at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is commited to the highest ethical standards in health care for our patients. Therefore:
- We will be truthful at all times, building relationships of trust and a reputation for integrity.
- We will fairly, honestly and accurately represent our capabilities and ourselves.
- We will treat all patients equally -- with dignity, courtesy and respect for their rights.
- We will seek to offer services that will provide the greatest benefit for our customers.
Our areas of expertise are:
- Complicated Orthopedic Conditions
- Spinal Cord Dysfunction
- Brain Injury
- Congenital Deformities
- As well as other disability conditions
- Fracture of Femur/Hip
- Neurological Disorders
- Multiple Trauma
Helping patients and their families to overcome disabling injuries and diseases is the challenge we face every day. You, too, will face many challenges during your stay with us. We are here to help you return to a more independent way of life and to reach your highest potential. We understand your challenges are unique and your needs are personal. Therefore, your rehabilitation program will be tailored to your individual needs.
Our team of skilled medical and rehabilitation specialists will be by your side every step of the way to help you reach your goals.
At the Center for Advanced Rehabilitation, we believe that family involvment is critical to the successful outcome of your rehabilitation program. We offer the opportunity for family participation in program education and training.
Your Plan for Rehabilitation
You, your family members/caregivers and the Advanced Rehabilitation Team of specialists will establish your plan for rehabilitation as well as your individual schedule.
This plan will be re-evaluated at least weekly.
You and your family members/caregivers will have an opportunity to discuss your rehabilitation program and plan for potential discharge needs with members of your care team. We will work with you to address your questions and concerns.
The Rehabilitation Team
- You and you family are the key components or the center of the team.
Other members include:
- The physiatrist, a physician specially trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation nurses, available 24-hours-a-day and specially trained to provide rehabilitative care and coordinate routine daily activities.
- Occupational therapists, who work with you on your ability to perform tasks of everyday living; improve strength, coordination and balance; and perform other functions needed to return to the community.
- Physical therapists, who work with you to improve your ability to perform activities such as standing, walking, use of mobility devices and to improve your strength, endurance and balance.
- Speech-language pathologists, who work with you in areas of communication including speech, language, voice, cognitive and swallowing disorders.
- Social worker/discharge planner, who assists you and your family with the emotional adjustments to lifestyle changes while providing education and information about community resources and services available at discharge.
- A clinical psychologist and a dietician are also available to address your needs.
- Other consulting physicians
- Support staff
What to Bring
In order to make your stay comfortable, the following items are appropriate to be brought from home:
- Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing in which you can exercise (Don't forget to include a sweater or light jacket)
- Walking shoes with non-slip soles and backs (example: tennis shoes)
- Pajamas and nightgowns
- Routine toiletry items such as deodorant, makeup, mouth care products, hairbrush and a comb
- If you use dentures, glasses, or hearing aids, please bring them with you
- Electrical appliances, such as a razor or hairdryer, are permitted but must be checked by the unit staff prior to use
Please leave money and valuables at home.
Beautician/barber services will be available for a fee.
Patients should expect therapy every day of the week. Weekdays are structured to provide intensive services at least three hours a day (Monday – Friday). Your schedule will be provided to you once the evaluation process is complete.
Your treatment at the Center for Advanced Rehabilitation can be focused on any combination of the following:
- Activities of daily living (feeding, dressing, bathing)
- Mobility (walking, wheelchair mobility, stair climbing)
- Language skills (ability to speak and understand language)
- Thinking skills (attention, memory, problem solving)
- Visual skills (perception, hand eye coordination, visual attention)
- Continence (control of bowel and/or bladder)
- Pain management (control pain to enable optimal function)
- Home modification recommendations for safe discharge
- Community reintegration skills
Let your visitors know that you are usually in therapy between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM.
Young children, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to visit.
Clergy may make routine visits.
Individual pet visits may be permitted in special circumstances. See your Social Worker for details.
The Center for Advanced Rehabilitation at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital recognizes the importance of pastoral support during a patient’s hospitalization. In fulfillment of our mission, a chaplain is available to provide for spiritual needs.
Patient Questions, Problems or Complaints
If you have a question, problem or complaint regarding any aspect of your care, please let us know. You may ask to speak with the Clinical Supervisor or Social Worker.