Madonna TherapyPlus

Rehabilitation Day Program

The Rehabilitation Day Program is a core component to the continuum of care available at Madonna. It is designed to provide continued intensive rehabilitation on an outpatient basis for patients. It is available for patients after discharge from an inpatient program, or as an alternative care setting when inpatient hospitalization is not medically necessary. The emphasis is on regaining real-life skills, community re-entry and resumption of life roles 

The program includes an interdisciplinary team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and recreational therapists. A registered nurse is available for patient education, nursing cares and case management. A social worker is available to assist with the coordination of payment for therapy services, housing, transportation, caregiver assistance, psychosocial concerns and arranging community resources. A primary therapist is assigned to patients upon admission and reviews the initial plan of care and goals while serving as a primary contact during the program. The social worker will review the care plan every two weeks.

Patients will have therapy for 3 to 6 hours per day for 4 to 12 weeks, depending on the services recommended.  Appointments are made between 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A scheduler will work with the patient to develop a weekly schedule. Patients are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and flat, sturdy shoes or sneakers.

The first day is focused on assessment and treatment planning with the patient. That is why a family member or caregiver is also asked to attend and highly encouraged to remain involved as therapy continues.  They will meet the care team and share input on goals, needs and scheduling preferences.  Members of the care team will perform evaluations for each discipline ordered by the physician. The results will be discussed with the patient and their family to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

After the first day, patients attend scheduled appointments determined by their individual needs, insurance benefits and preferences. Upon arrival, they'll have a locker to store personal items and a lounge area with recliners to rest in outside of therapy sessions.  Throughout the day, patients are involved in both individual and group therapies as necessary. They generally occur in the gym area, Independence Square, pool, vision clinic or out in the community, depending upon specific needs. School-aged patients may spend time in the Therapeutic Learning Center. Patients take a break for lunch during the noon hour and can buy a meal in the cafeteria, bring one from home or leave for outside food.  During the day, an outpatient nurse is available to perform skilled procedures such as intermittent catheterization, wound care, monitoring of blood pressure or lab work as ordered by a physician. The nurse is also available to answer questions or provide education and will facilitate an appointment with one of Madonna's rehabilitation physicians if necessary during the patient's stay.

Group therapies offer further practice of community and household skills, in addition to your individual treatments. You may be scheduled for one of the following groups:

Independent Living Skills (ILS) – Focused on providing  further practice of community and household skills. Alternates between cooking and community outings.

  • Cooking Group – Group members work together to plan, shop and prepare a meal. This group focuses on regaining skills such planning, organizing, multi-tasking, following directions, endurance and safety awareness.
  • Community Outing – Group members plan and attend an outing in the community. This group focuses on regaining skills such as planning, organizing, endurance and safety awareness.

Intense Aphasia Group – Utilizes role play of common situations to implementing strategies for language deficits through conversation.

It is not unusual for the therapists to ask patients to practice specific things at home during the evenings. This "homework" is very important for reinforcing new techniques learned in therapy. Feedback to the therapists regarding how the task went at home will also help guide future treatment.

Each week the treatment team meets to discuss patient progress, plans and goals. Patient care plans are updated every other week. After the team meeting, the social worker or primary therapist will relay what was discussed. Additionally, a family meeting will be held prior to discharge from RDP.

RDP Program Highlights

Madonna provides an extensive vision rehabilitation program delivered by specially trained experts who use state-of-the-art technology to help patients of all ages with visual impairments resulting from illness or injury to maximize their quality of life in home and community-related roles.

Madonna's Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program enhances one's life through participation in sports and recreation by leveling the playing field.  A wide range of adaptive sports opportunities are offered for children and adults of all abilities to participate and/or compete in as varied activities as the rest of the community. Participants try new sports and recreation opportunities at their comfort level and explore new ways of doing previous activities.

The Interactive Driving Simulator is a software program that mimics characteristics of an actual vehicle including a steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedal. The software offers complex, unpredictable traffic situations to challenge patients.

Madonna’s Work Re-Entry Program provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to help patients successfully return to the workforce.  It is a collaborative effort of interdisciplinary rehabilitation professionals who support patients in resuming their careers or volunteer positions.

Madonna features a simulated community called Independence Square where patients can engage in real-life skills, such as grocery shopping, cooking a meal, transferring in and out of a vehicle or getting in and out of bed.

Simulating real-life activities is not only critical to regaining the maximum level of independence, but helps build confidence and help regain skills like reaching and grasping, making a list, memory, cognitive skills and communication.