The Inpatient Rehabilitation Institute at Methodist Hospitals is one of the largest medical rehabilitation units in the state. Our complete continuum of services includes acute inpatient, neurological, medical, wound care, and outpatient rehabilitation; specialty programs for orthopedic and sports injury patients; home care services; and coordination with community-based organizations to help each patient achieve maximum functional ability. Founded in 1971, we have earned a reputation for excellence and positive outcomes.
Since 1973, our dedicated Inpatient Rehabilitation Institute has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF accredited programs and services meet consumer-focused, state-of-the-art national standards of performance, with a monitoring system in place. It provides patients with a guarantee that we are dedicated to obtaining optimum results for each person we serve.
Ongoing Assessments and Positive Results
Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Institute reaches beyond CARF evaluations, which regularly measure the effectiveness of our program. Our patients experience better outcomes and increased satisfaction, with results that speak for themselves:
We measure our performance in delivering quality care on an ongoing basis. These evaluations compare the results from regular patient follow-up research with regional and national, diagnosis-specific outcomes.
The Rehabilitation Institute discharged 82% of patients served back to their homes, compared to 77% of those served by other facilities in the NW Indiana region.
98% of our patients reported that they were satisfied with the overall service they received.
100% of our patients said they would recommend the Rehabilitation Institute at Methodist Hospitals to others.
Rehabilitation Therapy Programs
Patients in Methodist’s Inpatient Rehabilitation therapy program receive a customized rehabilitation plan drawn from patient input, the patient’s family, the patient’s physician and our experienced treatment team. This customized plan draws upon the full range of services that our program offers.
Physical therapists work with patients to help them achieve the highest level of independence. These activities may include moving in bed; transferring to and from the bed and chairs; walking with or without a walker, cane or crutches; using a wheelchair; and overall balance, strength and endurance.
Occupational therapists help patients learn new ways to manage daily tasks such as eating, dressing, bathing and homemaking. The therapist helps patients increase physical strength and endurance, teaches patients to perform activities differently to compensate for loss of function, and helps them obtain any adaptive equipment required.
The speech-language pathologist evaluates speech, language and cognitive skills as well as swallowing problems. If a problem is present, the therapist provides individualized therapy.
Psychology services are available to help patients and their families adjust to changes in the patients’ lives. These services may include individual or group counseling or participation in support groups to allow patients to express the wide range of emotions that are a normal reaction to physical loss.
A therapeutic recreation program includes activities to strengthen social interactions, build confidence and self-reliance, and improve abilities that enhance independence. The therapeutic recreational specialist assists patients in learning new ways of doing old activities and helps them explore new leisure activities.
In the rehabilitation process, it is important that individuals learn more about their activity limitations and understand the resources that are available. Our ongoing education is provided for patients and their families in individualized or group sessions. Our goals is to help patients make informed decisions and participate more fully in their rehabilitation programs.
The rehabilitation social worker is trained to help patients and their families adjust to the changes and anxieties caused by activity limitations. He or she brings insight into patients’ social, psychological, medical and economic needs and will also help them arrange for necessary community resources.
Vocational rehabilitation services may be recommended to provide vocational and educational counseling, valuation, training in seeking employment, and follow-up. The patient’s physician and rehabilitation team can refer him or her to a vocational program in the community if needed.
The Treatment Team
The rehabilitation doctor (physiatrist) coordinates the program, meeting weekly with the treatment team and keeping the patient and his or her personal physician informed of the progress being made. This team includes:
Integrated Care Coordinators (ICC)
ICC nurses are responsible for assuring that each patient is at the most appropriate level of care at all times. These individuals work with the patient and with every party that is involved with the patient’s care to assure the best possible outcomes throughout the course of treatment. The Care Coordinator also communicates information about patient needs and the preferences of the patient’s physician to the treatment teams and outside community agencies.
The Rehabilitation Nurse assists in planning and implementing a patient’s total plan of care. This person reinforces everything patients learn in therapy, facilitating the use and improvement upon new skills and supporting patients’ efforts to be as independent as possible.
The Rehabilitation Institute serves patients with activity limitations and participation restrictions resulting from:
Spinal Cord Injury
Outpatient follow-up will be scheduled at the hospital outpatient center or the patient’s physician’s office. This phase of care allows the rehabilitation team to monitor progress after discharge and provides family members with the opportunity to share questions or concerns with the appropriate rehab staff member.
The need to attend Outpatient Therapy after release from the Inpatient Rehabilitation Institute is determined by the patient’s physician. These services may include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology.
Physicians may recommend continued therapy in the home for patients who are homebound after discharge from the Rehabilitation Institute. Our Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists provide in-home rehabilitative services to help patients continue to improve their function as they become more independent with the activities of daily living.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Services are provided at both the Northlake Campus in Gary and Southlake Campus in Merrillville. Outpatient Rehab Centers are located at 303 East 89th Avenue in Merrillville, 219.738.3500, and at 2269 West 25th Avenue in Gary, 219.944.4160.
Progressive Care Unit (PCU)
The PCU provides inpatient sub-acute care for those patients who do not meet the requirements for inpatient rehabilitation, but still require some type of skilled care. Units are located at both the Southlake and Northlake Campuses, and are staffed by skilled physical, speech and occupational therapists, an expert case manager and specially trained nurses.