As a patient arrives at Shepherd Center, these things may happen:
- He/she is placed in the Center's intensive care unit.
- He/she is assigned a rehabilitation team made up of a physician or physiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, respiratory therapist, recreation therapist, nurse (primary care coordinator), dietician, case manager, counselor, and therapy technician.
- If necessary, he/she will undergo surgery to stabilize the spine and any other broken bones.
Once the person is stabilized, he or she may move out of the intensive care unit and into a patient room in the hospital. Even during a stay in the ICU, the patient may start a limited therapy program to help him/her get out of bed, increase range of motion in the arms and legs, maintain muscle tone and flexibility and prevent joints from stiffening.
After moving to a patient room, a more intensive rehabilitation regimen begins.