It’s another blustery morning in Central New York as you make your way down the unshoveled front walk to the snow covered car parked in the driveway. As forecasted, a fresh layer of snow was sprinkled about over night. But you’re not thinking about the weather conditions; instead your thoughts wander to the laundry in the washing machine and the neighbor’s dog barking in the distance.
Just as you reach into your pocket for the car keys, the patch of ice beneath your feet breaks your stride and gravity pulls you to the ground. The searing pain radiating throughout your leg overtakes your thoughts and your only concern now is how to make it stop.
The Patient’s Journey Home Begins Here
No one expects to slip on ice and break a bone or suffer a stroke, but it happens. And when it does, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine being able to return to the life you had before.
The Subacute Rehabilitation team at St. Luke’s Home knows that recovery takes time and is dedicated to helping patients return home quickly and safely.
After a hospital stay, many patients lack the strength or support to care for themselves. For those who require less intensive therapy, a short-term stay in Subacute Rehabilitation offers a therapeutic environment for assisted recovery.
The 40-bed unit provides patients with 24-hour skilled nursing, rehabilitation services and an interdisciplinary team that puts the patient at the center of care.
Discharge planning begins as soon as the patient arrives at St. Luke’s Home. Our social worker provides support throughout the stay and concludes with a formalized plan that is presented by a registered nurse to both the patient and his/her family. This process ensures a safe and comfortable departure once therapy is completed.
You and your family are the center of our team. You are actively involved in establishing goals, participating in therapy and planning for discharge.
Our physiatrist is a physician specially trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation who will direct your treatment plan.
Occupational therapists focus on your ability to perform everyday living tasks such as dressing, bed mobility and home management skills (i.e. cooking, laundry, paying bills, etc.).
Physical therapists help you improve your ability to perform activities such as standing, walking, wheelchair mobility and training in mobility devices and braces. They help you regain strength, endurance and balance.
Speech therapists treat language, memory and speech disorders that interfere with communications. Swallowing disorders are evaluated through Videofluoroscopies and other swallowing assessments at the nearby St. Luke’s or Faxton Campuses.
Nurses are available 24-hours-a-day and are trained to support rehabilitative care including St. Luke’s Home Subacute Rehabilitation Unit therapy follow-through. The nurses address issues involving medication, pain management, risk factor modification, bowel and bladder issues, skin breakdown, wound care and self care skills. In addition, they are trained to accommodate patients who require dialysis, a ventilator, have a tracheotomy or IVs.
Dieticians provide nutrition education for improved health by communicating with your doctor.
Social workers initiate a social history and incorporate your goals in the plan of care. They also provide emotional support and education when planning for discharges, which include providing information about available community resources and services, such as durable medical equipment, nursing services and home health care.
Our recreational therapists promote personal enjoyment through individual choices of past and present leisure interest.
A clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, dentist, podiatrist, pulmonologist, optometrist and our medical director are also available to address your needs.