Lourdes Regional Rehabilitation Center
Lourdes Regional Rehabilitation Center’s Inpatient Unit provides services for individuals who have suffered functional loss due to a disabling illness or injury, including the following impairments:
- Brain Injury (Ranchos Level 5 and Above)
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury/Surgery
- Multiple Trauma
- Hip Fractures and Replacements
- Joint Replacements (Hip and Knee)
- Degenerative & Progressive Neurological Disorders
- Multiple Schlerosis
- Deconditioning following Complex Medical Care
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Neuropathy & Myopathy
The following are examples of activity limitations within the scope of treatment for the inpatient program:
- Balance and Coordination Problems
- Decreased Bladder or Bowel Control
- Decreased Cognitive Function (e.g., memory, attention)
- Decreased Muscular Strength or Movement
- Difficulty Moving Part of the Body
- Difficulty Using Hands
- Difficulty Talking or Comprehending Speech
- Slurred Speech
- Emotional Adjustment Problems
- Hearing Loss
- Loss of Limb(s)
- Mobility Problems
- Self Care Deficits
- Skin Breakdown
- Swallowing or Nutritional Problems
- Visual Perceptual Disorders
Services Provided by Lourdes Staff
- Rehabilitation Medicine
- Rehabilitation Nursing
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech and Language Pathology
- Social Work
- Respiratory Therapy
- Chemical Dependency Counseling
- Pastoral Care
- Therapeutic Recreation
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Laboratory Services
- Pharmacy Services
Services Provided Through Consultation or Agreement
- Prosthetic-Orthotic Evaluation and Fitting (provided on-site)
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation Engineering
- Driver Education
- Durable Medical Equipment and Specialty Wheelchair Seating
- Sexual Counseling
Referral can be made by a patients attending physician, case manager, social worker or hospital discharge planner. We also accept patients living in community settings that have had a change in status and may require an evaluation by a physiatrist to determine eligibility to acute rehabilitation.
Medical Services Provided
Since the rehabilitation center is attached to an acute care hospital, it is able to provide a full range of diagnostic testing and consultation by medical specialists. Telemetry monitoring is not available on the unit. Patients requiring any type of surgery during their stay need to be discharged to acute care for the surgery.
Medical Acuity & Stability
Care of patients admitted to the rehabilitation center are managed under the direction of an attending physiatrist (physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine). The attending physiatrist will consult medical specialists to continue medical management of patients as warranted. Patients will receive at least three hours of therapy a day (Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy as needed).
Hours/Frequency of Service
Medical care is provided 24 hours a day by nursing. Patients will be seen at least 5 days per week by a physiatrist, and a physiatrist is on call 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Patients are admitted 7 days per week, as needed.
Therapy services are offered seven days a week. Patients are expected to be able to participate in three hours of therapy a day or at least 15 hours per week. Service may be provided in increments of ½ hour sessions to accommodate patients unable to tolerate longer sessions. All therapy needs are individualized to the therapeutic needs of each patient. Families are encouraged to participate in the sessions with the therapist.
Psychological & Behavioral Status & Pre-Existing Participation Restrictions
The patient must possess the ability to cooperate and participate in therapeutic interventions despite psychological, behavioral, developmental or pre-existing participation restrictions.
Interpreters are available, as needed for all languages. Patients are offered a free session of alternative therapies through the medical center’s wellness program such as therapeutic touch, foot reflexology, Reiki and massage. Tai Chi and Yoga classes are offered for a fee through the Wellness program. Information is maintained on websites with information on alternative medicine.
Limitations of Program
This program does not currently serve persons who are ventilator dependent, comatose, persons who have complete spinal cord injuries, or in an agitated phase following brain injury.
Persons must be 20 years or older for admission. A waiver from the NJ Department of Health may be obtained to admit 18 and 19 year olds, however, there is a pediatric rehabilitation facility in southern New Jersey that is recommended to these patients. Patients and their physicians must decline this facility in order to obtain a waiver from the state.
A referral to an admission liaison begins the admission process. The liaisons are knowledgeable regarding insurance coverage and work directly with the family and the insurance companies to determine if coverage is available. If acute rehabilitation is denied, liaisons can often assist the family, with the guidance of the attending physician, to appeal the decision if it is believed that acute services will best meet the patient’s needs. Liaisons will also provide assistance regarding completing charity care applications and working with State agencies.
Intended Discharge Environments
Patients who are expected to require supervision or assistance on discharge should have a social support system to facilitate provision of such supervision or assistance. When such support is not available, options can be pursued for community support or assisted living in the community, if feasible. Length of stay for an inpatient unit varies depending upon diagnosis and medical conditions and co-morbidities. Length of stay is discussed at weekly team meeting which includes the patient and family/caregivers.