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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Adult rehabilitation

Comprehensive inpatient adult rehabilitation programs at UC, Davis Medical Center provide coordinated multidisciplinary therapeutic and diagnostic services for adults with congenital and acquired impairments and disabilities. Our services facilitate transition from the acute phase to rehabilitation to outpatient services with the goal for re-integration to home and community.

Functional restoration is achieved by therapies geared towards:

  • improving the functional capacity of affected systems and residual capacities of unaffected systems
  • providing orthotics/prosthetic devices, adaptive equipment, and assistive technology to help compensate for disabilities
  • teaching compensatory alternative strategies to achieve functional skills
  • training family and care providers
  • improving patient motivation and participation in therapeutic activities through behavioral and psychological strategies

The treatment team includes the following members:

  • Nurse
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech pathologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Discharge planner
  • Social worker
  • Physician
  • Specialized services include the following:
  • Orthotics
  • Swallow assessment / video fluoroscopy
  • Wheelchair and durable medical equipment assessments
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Developmental evaluations
  • Consults and specialty referraIs
  • Audiological evaluations

Patient expectations

Participation in rehabilitation activities is a vital part of the rehabilitation process. Patients are scheduled for therapy and activities every day. Patients are required to participate for a minimum of three hours per day in their rehabilitation. The following activities will help patients adjust to their disabilities, regain independence, and return to home and community:  As part of therapy on Friday afternoons, adult patients may participate with the therapy staff in an organized social activity in the hospital or they may go out into the community to shop, attend a movie, go to the park, etc.  On a daily basis, patients are scheduled to eat lunch and dinner in the patient dining room.

Personal items

Rehabilitation patients are encouraged to provide the following personal items to assist them in regaining their independence:  

  • Clothing: three (3) pairs of sweat suits or loose fitting clothing and undergarments. Please note that there are no laundry facilities available for patients. 
  • Shoes: prefer previously worn rubber soled shoes, low in heights, such as tennis shoes.  
  • Toiletry items: Brush, comb, make-up, shaving items, etc.

These items should be labeled with the patient's name. Please have these items available for the patient by the day after admission to the PM&R Unit.

Family conference

During rehabilitation, the team will coordinate a family conference to discuss the patient's discharge goals, needs, and recommendations. Patient and family participation in this conference will help the patient return to a functional role within the family and community.

Community/re-entry leave (CRL)

Toward the end of the rehabilitation stay, a CRL may be approved to allow the patient to leave the hospital for up to eight hours. Patient and family are encouraged to use this time to identify problems or concerns (access, mobility, safety, etc.) prior to the patient's actual discharge.