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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:
Spinal cord injury
Post surgical complications
Debility from prolonged hospitalization
Other neurological disorders
We focus on returning patients to productive lifestyles. Our program goals include:
Increased functional independence
Increased personal empowerment
Pursuit of a more healthy lifestyle
Improved quality of life
Decreased need for healthcare resources
Our interdisciplinary teams provide a high level of quality care. Members of the bariatric rehabilitation team include:
Rehabilitation and specialty physician
Rehabilitation nurse (CRRN)
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
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.
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.
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
Therapeutic indoor pool
Referral service for appropriate resources and support systems
On-site education and teaching services
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:
Improved patient stamina and endurance
Increased knowledge of injury or disease process
Proper body mechanics
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.
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.
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.