Advanced Treatment for Neurological Patients: Neuro Day Hospital Rehabilitation Program

Providing a full continuum of care is what Euclid Hospital strives to do for their patient’s everyday. When a patient has an illness, injury, trauma, surgery or any other health incident, and needs to recover to the highest level of function possible, they go through many stages of need. Euclid Hospital provides care for all these stages including an extremely unique rehabilitation program known as the Neuro Day Hospital Rehabilitation Program.

The program is designed for individuals with neurological impairments who no longer require 24-hour inpatient medical care but still require intensive rehabilitative therapy. Patients attend the program for three days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for about six weeks. During these six weeks, patients receive nursing services, recreational therapy, psychological services, speech therapy, and physical therapy, along with other services.

“This program provides the most outpatient therapy anywhere in the Cleveland area,” says Nancy O’Maille, coordinator of the Neuro Day Program. “It is one of a kind.”

Each patient has an individualized treatment program which utilizes individual and group therapy. Some of the treatments include, but are not limited to, mobility and gait training, activities of daily living, medication management, bowel and bladder management and many more modalities. 

The Neuro Day Hospital Rehabilitation Program accepts patients with a variety of neurological and other medical disorders such as stroke or multiple sclerosis. Patients need to be medically stable and have a reasonable expectation for further improvement along with at least two different therapies.

The time a person spends in the program is established based on the patient’s needs, progress, and achievement of goals. A social worker facilitates and coordinates the planning process with ongoing involvement from the patient, family and staff.  Upon completion of the Neuro Day Program, Euclid Hospital provides stroke education and caregiver support groups and Break Out Fitness.

According to O’Maille, “The goal of the program is not only to increase independence and physical functioning but help patients return to their previous lifestyle and activities.”

A physician’s referral is required to receive services. Referrals can be made directly by case managers, social workers, physicians or family members. 
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 5:08 PM, 03.08.2010