Jump Start Program

If your child is chronically ill and struggling with recurrent hospitalizations and long-term complications, the Jump Start Rehabilitation Program at Good Shepherd can help improve his or her quality of life and maximize function.

The multidisciplinary team at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit will assess your child to determine his or her needs relating to medication, positioning, equipment, splinting, nutrition, pulmonary management and community support services. Then, the team will develop a personalized treatment plan, based on both clinical and evidence-based best practices, to help your child achieve his or her maximum function. Child and family education is also a critical part of the process.

Good Shepherd's Jump Start Rehabilitation Program may be appropriate following an acute-care hospitalization, a recent change in status or at a developmental milestone, when learning increased independence is important.

The Process:

  • In The first step is to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s current status including overall medical status, mobility, activities of daily living, speech, nutrition, equipment needs and medication management. 
  • The second step is to develop a personalized treatment program designed by a team of pediatric specialists, including: pediatrician, pediatric physiatrist, physical, occupational and speech therapists, registered dietician, neuropsychologist, care manager, pediatric rehabilitation nurses and patient care assistants.

Good Shepherd’s Jump Start Rehabilitation Program inpatient services include:

  • Pre-admission evaluation by nurse liaison upon referral
  • Comprehensive evaluation upon admission
  • Complete diagnostic studies, as needed
  • Specialty evaluations, based on each child’s specific needs
  • Family and caregiver education
  • Comprehensive, intensive treatment plan and intervention

Additional services offered in the Jump Start Rehabilitation Program:

  • Medication management to identify the best medication profile to manage each child’s needs
  • Nutrition assessment and recommendation to move toward optimal weight and nutrition
  • Equipment evaluation for seating, feeding, activities of daily living and transportation to promote ideal positioning, safety and mobility
  • Evaluation and provision of splints, casting or braces, as appropriate based on diagnosis
  • Extensive patient and family education to promote the highest level of independence
  • Interface with the child’s school to ensure that all available and appropriate services are being provided
  • Referrals to community support groups and additional resources to assist the family and child in attaining the highest level of function, while reducing the burden of care in the home
  • Assessment and referrals for additional services, as appropriate

Diagnostic Groups Appropriate for Good Shepherd’s Jump Start Rehabilitation Program include:

  • Chronic illness, either congenital or acquired
  • Spina bifida
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Failure to thrive
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Prior traumatic injury (TBI or SCI, burn, amputation) with a recent change in status, either functional decline or recent functional gain
  • Deconditioning secondary to prolonged hospitalization

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit
2855 Schoenersville Rd.
Bethlehem, PA  18017

Phone: 610-807-4200

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