For nearly 40 years, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been serving patients through a compassionate approach to rehabilitation, helping them toward their goal of regaining enjoyable and productive lives.
The 44-bed rehabilitation unit provides a full spectrum of services for strengthening and healing the whole person. Seven days a week, patients are involved in three or more hours of combined physical, occupational, speech and/or recreational therapy, for relearning lost skills, while a physiatrist on the medical staff develops and leads an interdisciplinary rehabilitation program for each individual patient.
The rehabilitation unit is equipped to care for patients with a wide variety of both neurological and physical conditions, including:
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Back and hip fractures
- Joint replacement
- Brain tumor and other craniotomy patients
- Non-traumatic spinal cord or head injury
- Spasticity (due to MS or other diseases)
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
The stroke rehabilitation program was the second program in the United States and the first in Texas to receive "Stroke Specialty Program" accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF is a not-for-profit organization that establishes quality standards for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their stroke and rehabilitation programs or services to consumers.
Stroke Specialty Program accreditation has numerous standards, including an emphasis on evidence-based stroke treatment practices, services and education within the program, and a patient/family centered approach to care plans.
Criteria for Admission
- Tolerance for at least three hours of combined physical, occupational, speech and/or recreational therapy
- Absence of medical challenges which may prohibit therapy
- Ability to work toward identifying and understanding treatment goals
- Potential to benefit from an intensive hospital program
Patients can be admitted from another facility or directly from home. Any physician may refer a patient who meets the criteria. The intake coordinator can provide on-site assessments for patients either in the hospital or at their home. Rehabilitation staff follow-up with referring physicians through discharge summaries and clinical updates as appropriate. Tours of the facility and financial counseling are also available.
Once patients have completed their rehabilitation stay, they are evaluated for the need of follow-up services. A coordinated plan of care for life after discharge is developed and services are identified to help patients maintain and improve their health. Rehabilitation therapy may be continued on a home health or outpatient basis, both available through Texas Health Dallas.