Inpatient rehabilitation is suitable for people experiencing functional deficit caused by a range of conditions including post orthopaedic surgeries or musculoskeletal conditions.
The goal of Wolper’s inpatient rehabilitation program is to enable patients to return to a safe and independent lifestyle within their home, community and work environment.
Treatment is provided by an experienced multidisciplinary team which includes a rehabilitation specialist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nursing staff, exercise physiologists and discharge planner.
Our physiotherapists and occupational therapists will assess and plan an individual treatment program specific to the patient’s needs to maximise function and to promote independence.
Rehabilitation services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and hydrotherapy in our heated chlorine-free pool. Other services can be arranged on a needs basis.
How does the rehabilitation program work?
- Physiotherapy takes place twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
- Sessions last approximately 45 minutes and are tailored to the patient’s specific needs.
It is a requirement of admission that patients attend therapy twice per day (except Sundays).
To be fit for discharge, the treating physiotherapist and occupational therapist must be sure that patients:
- Can get in and out of bed and off of a chair independently
- Are safely using a mobility aid such as crutches or a walking stick
- Are able to climb up and down steps if relevant
- Are achieving a functional range of movement in the operated joint
- Have been provided with a printed home exercise program which will be discussed with the patient
- Have any equipment needed at home. A home visit may be required to ascertain this.
- Achieve modified independence in self-care tasks
What happens on discharge from Wolper?
Following discharge, the physiotherapist will arrange follow up therapy as required. This may be at Wolper, or elsewhere closer to the patient’s home. Please let the physiotherapist know your preference prior to discharge so they can ensure the sessions are booked in and there is minimal delay between discharge and starting as an outpatient. If follow up sessions are to take place elsewhere please speak with the physiotherapist so that they can organise a referral to the desired location.
The Day Rehabilitation program runs for four weeks and usually requires three hours of participation at each appointment. The tailored program will include at least two forms of therapy being physiotherapy, hydrotherapy or occupational therapy.
Once the Day Rehabilitation program has been completed, fitness can be maintained by attending Wolper’s MoveWell exercise classes. Classes include aqua-aerobics and aqua-core, tai chi, strength and conditioning as well as falls and balance prevention.
Referral to Wolper
Referral is by the surgeon or the referring hospital. Patients will be assessed by our rehabilitation consultant on admission.
What to bring
Rehabilitation patients are required to bring:
- Medicare, private health fund membership and any relevant entitlement cards.
- List of current medications and dosage information. Medications must be in date and in their original boxes.
- Comfortable day clothes, shoes (not scuffs) and night attire.
- Comfortable clothing and shoes for exercising
- Front buttoning clothes (for people with upper limb issues).
- Swimming attire (for patients participating in hydrotherapy).
- Personal toiletries.
- Current x-rays or scans.