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Hospital-based Therapy

In the inpatient hospital setting, UI Health physical therapists diagnose and treat problems of the movement system that affect patients' ability to independently get out of bed, stand, or walk, in addition to balance, coordination, and endurance related to daily activities. We provide positioning and activity recommendations in order to minimize deconditioning and complications associated with bedrest, and maximize functional independence during the hospital stay. We promote and coordinate early mobilization in the intensive care setting, which has been shown in studies to shorten lengths of stay and lead to better overall outcomes. We consult with the medical team to determine the need for continued therapy in the acute rehab, sub-acute rehab, or skilled-nursing settings prior to a patient's return home. Physical therapists also determine patients' readiness to return home from the hospital, assess home needs and safety, and prescribe durable medical equipment such as canes, walkers or wheelchairs. We promote continuity of care by identifying and referring patients who are in need of home therapy or outpatient therapy following discharge from the hospital.