Critical Illness Rehabilitation

Critical illness can include cancers, stroke, heart attacks, or any other conditions which require comprehensive care and monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Critically ill patients can suffer long-term physical and psychological complications. Largely on bed rest with minimal activity, such patients would experience functional decline and muscle weakness, with impaired quality of life, increased mortality, and cost of care.

 

Physiotherapy is part of the patient’s treatment to promote mobility as early and safely as possible, to mitigate the detrimental effects of prolonged bed rest and deconditioning.

What is Critical Illness Rehabilitation

 

Critical illness can include cancers, stroke, heart attacks, or any other conditions which require comprehensive care and monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Critically ill patients can suffer long-term physical and psychological complications. Largely on bed rest with minimal activity, such patients would experience functional decline and muscle weakness, with impaired quality of life, increased mortality, and cost of care.

 

Physiotherapy is part of the patient’s treatment to promote mobility as early and safely as possible, to mitigate the detrimental effects of prolonged bed rest and deconditioning.

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Why the need for Critical Illness Rehabilitation?

Starting rehabilitation early after hospital discharge can help to restore the ability to function and be independent. Critical illness rehabilitation involves respiratory physiotherapy to help patients recover, by teaching breathing exercises and mobilization techniques. Some goals would include preventing readmission into the hospital, and to re-integrate the patients back into society.

What can I expect at my sessions?

 

Our physiotherapists first start with an assessment, including a comprehensive movement analysis and goal-setting. Thereafter, we will chart the treatment plan with the patient and their loved ones.

 

At Thrive Healthcare, our physiotherapists can visit you at your home, providing safe and convenient home therapy for patients with difficulty leaving the home. With home physiotherapy, we can help you to optimize the home environment, to help you to learn how to continue to perform activities of daily living in a familiar environment.