During your child's rehabilitation stay, we will do everything possible to make you and your child feel included, safe and comfortable. You and your child are essential members of the health care team. Please ask us questions anytime.
Your first few days at St. Luke’s will focus on evaluations by all the caregivers. This will help to identify areas of strength and challenge and be an opportunity to define what the goals are for your child.
Most patients have three hours of therapy per day, at least five days per week, though this can change a little from person to person. Therapists work with your child where they are to move towards their goals. Child Life works directly with you and your child to help them relieve tension, express concerns and fears and feel more in control about their visit.
We encourage parents and family to attend and participate in therapy sessions, and also try to also make videos or provide handouts so that family can see the progress made and the support that will be needed.
Providing the “just-right challenge”
Recovery after an illness or injury is best when you are being challenged to complete tasks that you can successfully complete. When activities are too easy or too hard, we don’t get the same benefit.
Our therapists specialize in determining what the “just-right” challenge is for your child – where they are challenged, but can succeed at the activity. This promotes recovery and builds confidence. We work with both your child and the family to find challenges that are meaningful.
The rehabilitation team will meet weekly to discuss discharge planning. These discussions will include:
Determining an estimated discharge date
Recommendations for follow-up therapies and medical care
Recommendations for return to school and other activities
When it’s your time to leave St. Luke’s, we will determine what therapies will be needed and arrange continued services. These follow up services may include:
- Outpatient therapies
- Home health therapies
- Home health nursing
The rehab doctor will determine what follow up medical appointments are required and St. Luke’s will schedule them for after discharge.