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While the process of picking a rehabilitation provider can feel scary and overwhelming, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Admissions team is here to guide you through your decision — and your recovery as a whole.

You need someone who specializes in your illness, injury or condition. who has a long, storied history of providing rehabilitation care and who will work with you and your treatment team to identify the most appropriate recovery path.

Choose Good Shepherd.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) — Your Rehabilitation Doctor

Also known as physiatry, PM&R is a branch of medicine devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurologic, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary and other disorders that may produce temporary or permanent impairment and associated disability. PM&R focuses on restoring function to people with conditions ranging from physical mobility limitations to those with complex cognitive impairments.

Good Shepherd’s physiatrists provide care for a broad spectrum of disorders, including major multi-trauma, traumatic brain injury, stroke, amputation and spinal cord injury.

Treatment Team

Depending on your diagnosis/condition and individual needs, a multi-disciplinary treatment team will be assembled for you. Your team may include, but is not limited to:

  • Physiatrist
  • Rehabilitation Nurse
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Internal Medicine
  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Respiratory Therapist 
  • Neuropsychologist 
  • Care Manager
  • Dietitian
  • Lab/Radiology 

Role of the Caregiver

Caregivers are a vital part of the Good Shepherd treatment team, too. Our team members will work closely with you to provide the tools, information, training and support you need during your loved one’s journey to recovery. We are there for you every step of the way.

Path to Recovery

Depending on your or your loved one’s needs, Good Shepherd’s Care Management Services will guide you through the recovery process.

Each case — each need — is different and we treat it as such. During your stay at Good Shepherd, your care manager will work with you and the treatment team to identify the most appropriate recovery path.

Typical Day in Rehabilitation

We begin evaluating your rehabilitation needs on the very first day of admission. Your treatment team will design a recovery process that fits your specific needs. Your therapy program will increase in intensity as you gain strength, but it will never be more than you can tolerate. During your rehabilitation stay, you will see your Good Shepherd doctor a minimum of three days a week.

A typical day in rehabilitation features:

  • Morning. Nursing and occupational therapy team members help you get ready for your day, including medication, dressing and grooming. Following breakfast, you will go to physical, occupational, speech and/or recreational therapies.
  • Afternoon. You will have an opportunity to rest and enjoy lunch before your afternoon therapy sessions begin. Nurses also will provide any necessary treatment and take your vital signs.
  • Evening. Your therapy sessions are complete for the day, allowing you to spend time with family and friends and have dinner.

What to Bring

It is important to note that at Good Shepherd, you will get dressed and participate in activities each day. Prior to admission, your nurse liaison will provide a detailed checklist of items needed for your stay, including types of clothing and toiletries.

Key items you must bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance cards
  • List of current medications
  • Any important legal documents (i.e., living will or health-care power of attorney)

Do not bring any valuables for your stay.

For more information or to schedule a tour of our inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Allentown, please call 610-776-3242 or fill out the form below.

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