Rehabilitation: Needed by many, but what is it?

A Botsford rehabilitation patient participates in therapy on 3 South

Rehabilitation sometimes involves things like Wii, dogs and Skype, believe it or not.

Most Americans will require at least one rehabilitation service at some point in their lives.  Hip or knee replacements, stroke and traumatic injuries such as car accidents are all reasons a person could require rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation is a medical specialty which helps restore people affected by potentially disabling disease or traumatic injury to good health and functional, productive lives and also helps minimize physical or cognitive disabilities.

But some rehab cases require a little more than just traditional therapy.

Remember Tim Lash, the Botsford patient who attended his daughter’s wedding via Skype?  He couldn’t attend his daughter’s out-of-state wedding because he was in our inpatient rehabilitation unit recovering from an accident.  Nurses noticed how the thought of missing such an important event was affecting Mr. Lash’s spirits and his recovery.   So they arranged for a special Skype setup so he wouldn’t miss a thing.  As a result, nurses noticed a much more uplifted Mr. Lash and his recovery progressed.

Mr. Lash is just one of the thousands of people every year who recover from serious injury or illness with the help of our amazing rehabilitation staff.

Now here’s your chance to meet those amazing people and learn more about what rehabilitation really is.  On September 20th, Botsford rehab doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, nurse assistants, case managers and others will be hosting an Inpatient Rehabilitation Open House in honor of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week.

Here’s what’s in store:

  • Learn how Wii games & therapy dogs help patients
  • Meet the rehab team & take a tour
  • Check out our newly renovated nursing station
  • Talk with former patients about their experiences
  • Pose questions to Botsford physicians Eric Kovan, D.O. and Stephen Hyman, M.D.

Whether you have a loved one in need of rehabilitation services or are just curious to see how it all works over here, we hope to see you at the open house.  No registration is necessary, but you can learn more and RSVP on our Facebook event page.  As for Tim Lash, he’s now continuing his recovery in the comfort of his home.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Open House
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3 South unit of Botsford Hospital
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