As an inpatient at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, your inpatient rehabilitation team will be led by a Medical Doctor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatrist), and will include occupational and physical therapy, psychology services, and rehabilitation nursing.
At the discretion of the attending Physiatrist, speech therapy and or therapeutic recreation may also be ordered.
Your rehabilitation nurses encourage you to do as much as you can for yourself from the very beginning of your stay. They provide 24-hour acute nursing care, closely monitor your medical and functional status, and teach you how to prevent or manage other problems associated with your condition.
Many CRH nurses are certified in the specialty of Rehabilitation Nursing (CRRN).
A detailed evaluation of your functional abilities is performed by your physical therapist who works with you in the areas of bed and wheelchair mobility and walking, when appropriate.
Your mobility goals and a treatment program are developed in collaboration with your physical therapist. Your program may include mobility training, ambulation training, exercise, and use of modalities such as heat/cold, electrical stimulation or ultrasound.
Your occupational therapist evaluates and plans your individual program to help you reach your maximum level of independence in activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting, kitchen tasks, home living skills, and driving.
Occupational therapists work with you on motor coordination and strength to help with such tasks as buttoning, tying shoes, and writing. They may assist you with cognitive/perceptual retraining which includes attention, memory, problem solving, organization, and visual perception activities.
Your occupational therapist also helps you select adaptive equipment and devices you may need to make activities easier.
Speech Language Pathology
Speech Language Pathology
If you experience communication or swallowing problems as a result of your illness or injury, a speech- language pathologist will work with you.
His or her aim is to improve speech, comprehension, thinking, memory, and reading and writing skills with special emphasis on social communication. Swallowing problems are carefully assessed and treated.
Individualized leisure counseling and activities may be provided by a recreation therapist to incorporate and reinforce skills learned from your other therapies. You are helped to adapt or modify previous leisure activities and find new ones that you enjoy.
The focus of therapeutic recreation is to help you return to the community with as independent and healthy a lifestyle as possible.
Psychologists and psychotherapists help individuals face challenges that significant illness or injury pose for patients and families. In cooperation with your other team members, these clinicians may be involved in your care to help you and your family regain the sense of mastery, which is central to a successful rehabilitation outcome.
Formal or informal testing may be conducted to help you and other therapy team members better understand some of the changes in thinking and coping skills that may have occurred because of illness or injury. They may also assist you in thinking through various lifestyle changes as a result of disability.
Sharon Basham, MD
Dr. Basham has served as Medical Director at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital since 2008. She is Board Certified in Brain Injury Medicine, Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also serves as a physician at the Central Coast Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medical Group in Santa Barbara.
Among her honors include being named Outstanding Physician of the Year, Cottage Health Systems, 2014, and Physician of the Year, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, 2011 and 2009.
Dr. Basham graduated from Vassar College and received her M.D. from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. She served as an intern at Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital and as a resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UCLA Medical Center.
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Barry J. Ross, MD
Dr. Ross serves as a physician at Central Coast Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medical Group in Santa Barbara. He is board certified in Brain Injury Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Ross received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota and his M.D. from the Washington University School of Medicine. He interned at the University of Missouri at Kansas and completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Prior to his medical education and training, Dr. Ross served in the United States Air Force.
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Occupational therapists work in partnership with neuro-optometry to assess functional visual deficits, and provide interventions to individuals with field cuts, visual inattention, and low vision.
A wide range of patient-specific interventions are available, including Dynavision, and our Assistive Technology Center.
Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital offers individuals with physical and/or cognitive impairments, access to devices that support maximum function and quality of life while in the hospital, at home, at work, and in the community.
Some examples of this technology include speech-generating devices and voice amplifiers for communication, alternative methods for accessing computers such as voice-controlled software and a gyroscopic mouse, and environmental controls that are voice or switch activated to control lights, TV, curtains, and more.
For more information, download the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Assistive Technology Center brochure
Other services available to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital inpatients:
- Pelvic Rehabilitation Program
- LSVT Loud
- LSVT Big
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
- Specialized Wheelchair and Seating Evaluations
- Adaptive Driving