The mission of the rehabilitation center at DMC is to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services in order to improve the functional independence of those we serve.

When a patient is admitted, a comprehensive evaluation is completed. Careful consideration of his/her medical history and lifestyle is reviewed. The individualized treatment plan is developed from the evaluation and the patient's personal goals.

Functional Improvement:
The DMC Inpatient Rehab Program provides an ongoing care for the rehab patient and prepares him/her for the return home with assistance from family members and/or other care providers when necessary.

A multi disciplinary team approach is used and follows a focus on:

Increasing mobility, self-care, and other activities involving daily life.

Maintaining health and independence.

Maximizing the patient's ability to enjoy life.

The treatment program may focus on ambulation, muscle strengthening and coordination, use of adaptive equipment, independent living skills, bowel and bladder management, along with psychological intervention as needed.

Treatment planning is developed and managed by a group of health care professionals trained in rehab medicine. This may include the medical director, primary care physician, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist, nursing staff, case management, dietician, and psychologist. The team meets regularly to discuss the patient's progress, and make treatment adjustments as necessary. The results of these outcomes are shared with the patient.

To name a few of the disabling conditions and illnesses that benefit from inpatient rehab are as follows:

Stroke (CVA)
Major Multiple Trauma
Congenital Deformities
Brain Injury
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Spinal Cord Injury
Orthopedic Dysfunction
Degenerative Neurological Disorders

Education will be provided to help the patient return to a more productive and quality life style. Education may address issues relating to joint protection, fall prevention, energy conservation, and pain management.

Follow Up:
Prior to discharge, a conference between team members, patient, and the patient's family will be held to make certain the necessary support system is in place for the patient at home.

Referral Process:
Referrals can be made by physicians, social workers, case managers, nurses, insurance providers, family members, or the patient. A pre- screening precedes admission. The medical director is responsible for authorizing the patient's admission to the program. The following guidelines may help in determining if potential referrals are appropriate:

Disability or illness of recent onset or progression.

Physical impairment limiting functional abilities.

Limitations in normal activities of daily living.

Patients eligible for admission must exhibit the following:

Medically stable.

In need of 24 hr. rehab nursing care.

Require 2 forms of therapy; PT, OT, or Speech therapy.

Possess the potential for improvement in a reasonable period of time.

Tolerate 3 hrs of therapy daily.

Have an identified discharged placement.

A pre-admission screen is usually completed within 4 hours of contact with acceptance or denial information immediately following.

DMC accepts most major insurance carriers, Medicare, and Medicaid from Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

For additional information or to make a referral, please call the inpatient unit at the following: 870-584-4111.

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