The Rehabilitation Department operates with a patient-focused care philosophy and approach. Each patient is assessed for their specific rehabilitation needs, goals are established and a rehabilitation program is established to ensure the best possible outcome.
Garfield’s excellent board-certified and licensed staff consists of physical, occupational and recreational therapists, speech language pathologists, and physical and occupational therapy assistants. Each therapist is a well-trained professional in their fields of expertise, some with as much as 20 years or more of experience. As in all of Garfield’s departments, the rehabilitation staff speaks a variety of languages to meet its multicultural patients’ needs. Translation services are also available.
Many things cross over from one type of therapy to another. Multiple therapists partner for patients to provide full-spectrum rehabilitation, based on each patient’s needs. Sometimes a rehabilitation program can span all four therapy disciplines in order to best achieve that patient’s goals.
TYPES OF CARE
Our rehabilitation services cover a broad spectrum of patient needs, as outlined below.Acute Therapeutic Services
Acute therapy services span physical and occupational therapies as well as speech language pathology. These services are provided for patients who have entered the hospital for a surgery and/or illness.
Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
Acute rehabilitation is offered on an in-patient basis for those individuals who have suffered a major acute physical illness or injury which requires comprehensive therapeutic services. Examples of such patients include those with special physical or cognitive needs like stroke victims, or those with difficulties in cognition, speech, use of body (paralysis).
An in-patient rehab patient’s length of stay averages 2-3 weeks. Services include: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Social Services, Case Management, Psychological Counseling, Speech Pathology, Physical, Occupational and Recreational Therapies, Rehabilitation Nursing, Nutritional Counseling, Respiratory Therapy, Laboratory Services and Pharmacy Services. Additional services are provided on and as-needed basis.
The Rehabilitation Unit is located on the 4th floor of Garfield Medical Center. 525 North Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, 91754 626 307-2130
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
Outpatient therapeutic services are provided to people in the community whose lives have been disrupted by a physical illness, developmental problems, the aging process and social or psychological difficulties. Services provided on an outpatient basis include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. The Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit is located directly across the street at 600 North Garfield Suite #209 in Monterey Park, 91754 626 307-2175
FOUR TYPES OF THERAPY
Physical therapy (PT) – For patients with any type of physical ailment: walking, mobility, issues such as lack of range of motion, pain, or any physical issue that impacts a person’s ability to function in life. PT also treats physical symptoms of genetic disorders, such as autism. PT uses traction, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc. for healing damaged tissues, retraining muscles with the goal of restoring mobility and function. PT patients could have suffered from cuts, falls, any injury, surgery, auto accident, illness, stroke, heart attack, etc. Recreational therapy (RT) – For patients needing assistance restoring their ability to master day-to-day activities, such as gardening or other types of enjoyable habits. Patients can have suffered a variety of illnesses, such as stroke. RT includes such things as community outings, Majong and numbers games, and multiple activities targeted to stimulate that part of the brain that oversees this type of activity.
Speech therapy (ST) – For patients suffering from injury or stroke, Parkinsons, ALS, muscular dystrophy or any other cause of speech and swallowing impairment. ST retrains patients to swallow correctly to avoid aspirational pneumonia. Cognition is also taught, restoring life –skills thought processes and how to problem solve. ST uses a variety of methods including communication devices such as keyboards, voice boxes and writing.
Occupational therapy (OT) – For patients with a variety of upper extremity deformities: surgery patients, lacerations, scar tissue, stroke, etc. OT works to retrain patients to do such things as dress themselves, shower, brush teeth and hair and other daily needs. Exercises work to strengthen the torso and any afflicted body parts as well as to repair cognition. Home assessments are offered in order to help make home better for patients with equipment suggestions—adapting devices such as brushes so patients can better use them—etc.