Independence after injury or illness
Rehabilitation—what is it?
Your stay in rehabilitation is designed to help you regain your independence following illness or injury. This may differ from other treatments in that you are actively involved in your recovery.
Our specialist rehabilitation team is here to help
The rehabilitation service at Mater Private Redland Rehabilitation serves as a satellite service to the already established 44 bed inpatient and day therapy rehabilitation unit located at Mater Private Hospital Brisbane.
The comprehensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation program at Mater Private Hospital Redland delivers exceptional individualised care and is committed to helping people achieve their optimum level of functioning. The team collaborate with patients and families to promote a supportive, goal-orientated rehabilitation environment and includes:
- rehabilitation doctors
- rehabilitation nurses
- occupational therapists
- rehabilitation assistants
- speech pathologists
- social workers.
Dieticians, podiatrists, psychologists, orthotists and prosthetists are available when required, and pastoral care workers and volunteers are also available to support you during your stay.
The rehabilitation service at Mater Private Hospital Redland includes 5 single patient accommodation rooms, each fully equipped with television, bedside phone, fridge and safe. A washing machine and drier are available for patient use.
Items to bring with you to hospital
For your comfort and convenience when coming to hospital please bring:
- loose fitting and comfortable day clothes, and wellfitting shoes/joggers for attending therapy sessions
- underwear, socks
- sleepwear, dressing gowns and slippers
- personal toiletries
- medications and X-Rays, if coming from home
- small amount of cash for incidental expenses.
It is recommended that you do not bring large sums of money or valuables to hospital.
Information for visitors
Visiting hours are from 10 am until 8 pm, 7 days. The main entrance for the hospital is located on Weippin Street, with a drop off and pick up area conveniently located at the main entrance of the hospital.
Free parking is available opposite the hospital reception and next to the main hospital building. There is also onstreet parking on Weippin Street which runs adjacent to the hospital campus.
Nelli’s Café is situated in the front foyer of the hospital and is open from 8 am to 3 pm, serving a range of snacks, meals and drinks.
During your stay, any medical issues you experience will be managed by your doctor. Prescribed treatments will be administered by the rehabilitation nurses, who staff the unit at all times.
Hygiene and nutrition
Making sure your needs are met is extremely important. Therefore:
- The rehabilitation nurses will assist you with meals, showering and other personal tasks if required, in order to help you regain your independence.
- Most people will be able to learn ways of managing their personal care needs as independently as possible as they improve. Your occupational therapist can also help you find ways to do this.
- People with difficulty swallowing or language issues are treated by the speech pathologist.
- Others who may have special dietary needs or an inadequate diet are referred to a dietician.
Let’s get physical!
People generally come to rehabilitation with limitations in their movement and reduced strength in their arms, legs or both. These limitations are treated by a combination of exercise programs, and devices or aids where necessary. Mater Private Hospital Redland provides therapy sessions Monday to Friday in our therapy gym with a modified exercise program conducted on weekends. The therapy gym is where you have to be committed to working hard if you are to benefit from your stay at the hospital. The therapists, rehabilitation assistants and nurses will constantly reinforce this with you and you are encouraged to exercise in your own time.
The team at the hospital are committed to providing a safe environment to support your recovery. It is important not to compromise your safety by walking before you are ready so please wait for instructions from the staff. Some of these instructions may include:
- restricting your walking to therapy sessions
- only walking with a staff member
- using a particular walking aid
Your family and friends
Your family and friends can be a valuable help with your rehabilitation. They can provide encouragement, make sure you have the personal items you need during your stay, and attend a family meeting with you and your health team if needed.
Case by case
In our weekly “Case Conference” our team will discuss your progress and establish a plan that will guide your care. If required a family meeting may be arranged so you and our team can establish plans for your future. You may nominate which family and friends you would like to attend.
Memory and thinking
Depending on the nature and severity of your illness, you may experience difficulty with memory and thinking. If needed, the team at the hospital will organise the appropriate tests.
During your stay your occupational therapist may take you home to check the suitability of your accommodation to help you to live as independently as possible. The occupational therapist may suggest modifications, assistive equipment or strategies to use at home for safety.
Beyond the rehabilitation ward
The team can help you to arrange any extra assistance you need when you return home, such as:
- community nurses
- home modifications
- assistance with chores at home (eg cleaning).
If you are unable to return home, the social worker and other team members will help you to choose alternative accommodation to suit your needs.
Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Last modified 13/11/2015.