Computers with wireless internet access. Adaptive access via various mouse types, roller balls, joysticks, Dragon Speak software, etc. Links to disability and diagnosis specific websites are pre-loaded as favorites and include the Amputee Coalition of America, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association.
Patient/Family Communication Systems
The Technology Center at Baptist Medical Group-Outpatient Care Center also provides access to Care Pages and Caring Bridge resources. Through these systems, patients and caregivers can communicate status, needs and updates to friends and family members and receive ongoing communication and support from loved ones via the internet.
The Lift System assists patient and staff with safety confidence and comfort. Ceiling lifts are available in the therapy gyms and pool area for transfer assist as well as un-weighted gait training.
Biodex Unweighing System
Un-weighing system provides body weight support of varying degrees depending on patient need and reduces apprehension and effort associated with early weight bearing and gait training after amputation. System allows for increased therapist focus on quality of movement versus weight bearing support. As a result, patients experience reduced anxiety and improved velocity and endurance for higher repetition gait training.
Gait Trainer Treadmill
Specialized force plate within treadmill provides visual biofeedback and objective electronic reports for step and stride length. The gait trainer treadmill is available for use with or without un-weighing device.
The Wii provides interactive activities for practice and reinforcement of functional movements, balance and endurance in a safe and controlled environment. Wii system utilizes a 46 inch flat screen monitor and is located within the overhead lift system footprint for use separately or in coordination with un-weighing.
Seating and Mobility
Baptist Medical Group-Outpatient Care Center coordinates with area vendors for individualized seating and mobility assessments. Demonstration chairs including powered mobility and adaptive/supportive seating are available for trial and experience throughout the rehab process.
Bracing and Splinting
Baptist Medical Group-Outpatient Care Center works with local prosthetic and orthotic companies to provide individualized bracing and prosthetic assessments. Multiple options are available for patient use and trial during the rehabilitation stay.
Community Re-entry Outings
Supervised outings to community locations are included in the Next Step program for integrated practice of therapeutic techniques. Outings are individualized to patient needs but common outings include grocery, retail, leisure and restaurant.
Several mechanisms are available for recommendation of home modification and equipment needs and range from patient/caregiver interview, floor plan review, and/or actual site visits.
Patients are introduced to vocational rehabilitation and resources are provided as appropriate.
Baptist Medical Group-Outpatient Care Center provides individualized patient education utilizing the Rehab Institute of Chicago books: Above Knee Amputation: A Guide to Rehabilitation
, Below Knee Amputation: A Guide to Rehabilitation
, and Upper Limb Amputation: A Guide to Rehabilitation
as primary references for:
- Level of amputation
- Neurogenic pain
- Skin care/pressure sore prevention
- Residual limb care and management
- Prosthetic care
- Positioning, flexibility and strength
- Wheelchair maintenance and safety
- Risk factor management (diabetic, cardiovascular, sychosocial, musculoskeletal)
- Medical nutrition/weight management
- Emergency preparedness
- Community re-entry and resources
Continuum of Care
Outpatient transport is available on a limited basis to qualified individuals.
Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Room
Baptist offers a newly renovated and extensively designed area for training and practice of home based skills such as food preparation, cooking, laundry, bathroom skills, home making skills, and household transfers.