Customized Rehabilitation Services

Rehab Services

Bariatric medicine deals with the treatment of obesity. At Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital, we provide an inpatient bariatric program for individuals weighing 600 pounds or less who have experienced:

  • CVA
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain injury
  • Post surgical complications
  • Debility from prolonged hospitalization
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Other neurological disorders

Expected outcomes

We focus on returning patients to productive lifestyles. Our program goals include:

  • Community discharge
  • Increased functional independence
  • Increased personal empowerment
  • Pursuit of a more healthy lifestyle
  • Improved quality of life
  • Decreased need for healthcare resources

Team Members 

Our interdisciplinary teams provide a high level of quality care. Members of the bariatric rehabilitation team include:

  • Rehabilitation and specialty physician
  • Rehabilitation nurse (CRRN)
  • Case manager
  • Dietician
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Speech therapist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist

Continuum of Care
We focus on the individual needs of patients and their families through all stages of treatment. 
Our unique program offers:

  • A supportive staff sensitive to patient needs
  • Specialized equipment designed to promote independence, facilitate mobility and restore dignity
  • Complementary evaluation to determine appropriate admission
  • Collaborative case management to keep payors and referring physicians apprised
  • Equipment requirements

Brain Injury

Each year, more than 500,000 people sustain brain injuries. Spasticity, paralysis and contractures are common problems that, if not properly treated, can become permanent physical barriers to independence. Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital sets the standard of care with our comprehensive team approach, referral to appropriate resources and discharge to the community.

Expected Outcomes 

Our multidisciplinary team, led by a rehabilitation physician, establishes a comprehensive, individualized rehabilitation plan. Patients and their families also participate in the development of treatment plans. The goals of the program are:

  • Provide education about care-giving skills
  • Establish realistic expectations for family life
  • Increase knowledge about head injuries, as well as the recovery and rehabilitation process
  • Improve self-care skills in bathing, dressing and feeding
  • Improve mobility through training in walking, assistive devices and transfer skills
  • Establish independence in bowel and bladder function
  • Develop a behavioral management plan
  • Maximize verbal communication and resume normal swallowing function
  • Attain highest level of cognitive function possible
  • Establish a plan for nutritional management
  • Provide referrals for appropriate aftercare, vocational and educational services
  • Identify the safest, least restrictive environment for patients upon discharge

Our ultimate goal is to maximize each patient’s recovery while fostering the adjustment of both patients and families to any limitations.

Patient Profile
We treat patients with a variety of diagnoses and needs. Our program is designed for patients with the following conditions:

  • Traumatic brain injury resulting from motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, falls and other injuries
  • Nontraumatic brain injury and neurological impairments resulting from hemorrhage, meningitis, encephalitis, anoxia, hydrocephalus, brain tumor and AV malformation

Approach to Care
Our multidisciplinary team focuses on each patient’s quality of life. Treatment includes:

  • Physical therapy to improve mobility
  • Occupational therapy to improve self-care skills and enhance independent living
  • Cognitive/speech rehabilitation to re-establish the ability to process and communicate information
  • Rehabilitation nursing to educate in nutrition, bowel and bladder function, sexuality and skin management
  • Psychological therapy to improve the patient’s ability to understand feelings, control emotions and modify inappropriate behaviors
  • Education workshops to help families understand brain injuries and adapt to lifestyle changes
  • Therapeutic training for community re-entry

Continuum of Care
We focus on the individual needs of patients and their families through all stages of treatment. Care is available on an acute and post acute inpatient and outpatient basis. We also provide the following special services:

  • Transitional living apartment
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Mobility court
  • Therapeutic indoor pool
  • Referral service for appropriate resources and support systems
  • On-site education and teaching services
  • Community reintegration

Industrial Rehabilitation Program

Ballard offers individualized work programs to meet the respective needs of patients, employers and referring physicians. We simulate work activities and environments to increase endurance, functional tolerances and strength specific to the actual physical demands of various jobs. We use advanced technology and equipment to validate a patient’s grip strength, static and dynamic lifting and other abilities. Progress reports demonstrate the patient’s current activity and work tolerances and compare current levels to actual job expectations. 


Through intensive exercise and education, these goals are accomplished:

  • Reduced symptoms
  • Reduced costs
  • Improved patient stamina and endurance
  • Increased knowledge of injury or disease process
  • Proper body mechanics
  • Energy conservation
  • Joint protection

At Ballard, we offer a range of industrial rehabilitation services, including the following: 

  • A work tolerance evaluation is the testing of the physical demands and/or requirements of a specific task or a field of work.
  • A functional capacity evaluation measures strength, flexibility, weight lifting, weight carrying and pushing and pulling movements to determine function ability.
  • A job site analysis is the detailed evaluation of the actual tasks of a job and the measurement of its physical demands. When requested, recommendations are made to reduce the physical demands of the job without impacting essential work functions.
  • Work hardening is a highly structured, individualized treatment program designed to return the person to work. Interdisciplinary in nature, this program uses real or simulated work activities designed to restore physical, behavioral and vocational functions. Work hardening addresses productivity, safety, physical tolerances and worker behaviors.
  • Work conditioning is an intensive treatment program specifically designed to restore an individual’s strength, endurance, movement, flexibility and motor control so the patient can return to work.