Provide education and training related to functional task performance. This includes traditional therapies, the Next Step Program, and community re-entry. The stroke and neurologic program staff is specialized in techniques to care for stroke and neurologic populations and employ evidence-based techniques, devices and technology to encourage functional recovery. A few such techniques and devices include the use of neurodevelopmental techniques, body weight supported treadmill training, functional electrical stimulation, computerized balance systems, VitalStim, etc.
Addresses impairments related to movement and mobility, balance, pain, exercise/activity tolerance, falls/injury prevention, fatigue and energy conservation, and spasticity management.
Addresses impairments related to the ability to perform activities of daily living including self-care (bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming), home management, family roles, edema management, home safety skills, fatigue and energy conservation, vision and visual perceptual deficits including neglect, hemianopsias, diplopia, and visual acuity, and cognitive and executive functioning skills.
Addresses impairments associated with language and communication, social interaction, swallowing dysfunction, and cognitive functioning.
Next Step Nursing
Provides education and training on the disease process, bowel and bladder management, skin care and positioning, and medication management. Nurses also address educational needs related to condition specific complications including hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, dehydration, malnutrition, and diabetes management.
Certified professionals work with nursing staff to address diabetes prevention and management issues.
Psychiatrists and psychologists assist with program design and are available for consultation to assess and address social, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional issues through education, medication, and counseling. Applicable issues include dementia, depression, emotional labiality/mood disturbances, sexuality, alcohol/drug use, social coping and adaptation, and cognitive functioning such as problem solving, reasoning, memory, and impulsivity.
Ancillary Professionals and Vendors
Ancillary Professionals and Vendors are available to assist Baptist Medical Group-Outpatient Care Center staff with fitting and selection of specialized devices and equipment as needed for optimal functioning. These include: seating and mobility specialists, prosthetists and orthotists, product manufacturer representatives, rehab engineers, and DME providers.
Although communication and interaction are a daily and ongoing aspect of outpatient rehab programs at Baptist Medical Group-Outpatient Care Center, formal team conferences occur bi-weekly in the Next Step program and allow the rehabilitative team to communicate patient progress, plans, needs, and goals in a multidisciplinary and collaborative forum. Patients’ families and caregivers are vital members of the rehab team. Information exchanged and developed in the conference is shared with patients and families for input and feedback.
Seating and Mobility Specialists
Assist with the selection and fitting of wheelchairs and seating systems.