Customized Rehabilitation for COVID-19 Patients
TIRR Memorial Hermann and The Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network are leading the charge in the functional rehabilitation of individuals who had COVID-19 and are no longer testing positive. Due to the nature of the virus, many patients experience difficulty breathing, even after the virus has left the body. Patients that require ventilators are at an even higher risk of long-term effects.
Our evidence-based interventions allow patients to go beyond the clinical setting, providing them with the opportunity to participate in important life roles in the home, work, volunteer and community environments. Our goal is to help patients achieve and maintain a maximum level of independent functioning and improved quality of life, after COVID-19.
In March 2020, high school principal, Phil Eaton, was admitted to Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and shortly after diagnosed with COVID-19.
After 21 days on a ventilator, Phil was extremely weak and demonstrated cognitive changes. To further his recovery, his healthcare team recommended inpatient rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center for customized rehabilitation.
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|PATIENT CHALLENGES FOLLOWING COVID-19|
| ||Effect, Impairment||Limitations|
|Long-term ventilator use||Cognitive impairments due to anoxia/hypoxia (reduced oxygen to the brain)||Decision-making, critical thinking, judgement|
|Positioning during ventilation management||Compromised skin integrity||Functional mobility which effects sitting, transferring and walking|
|Prolonged ICU stay||ICU acquired weakness or post intensive care syndrome||Functional activities such as dressing, bathing or walking|
|Prolonged ICU stay||ICU delirium causing cognitive impairments||Cognitive disfunction|
|Limited therapy in acute care setting||Patients are needing increased physical, occupational and speech language pathology therapies||Return safely home and back to the community|
Other Conditions Include:
- Lack of coordination
- Muscular atrophy and physical weakness
- Balance dysfunction and coordination
- Breathing difficulties
- Swallowing dysfunction and dysphagia
Our highly trained rehabilitation teams are committed to seeing the potential in every person they work with, and to developing that potential to the fullest through customized goal setting and treatment planning. Team members of the network are among the most qualified and experienced rehabilitation professionals. We work to maximize independence, restore function and improve the quality of life for our patients. To achieve these goals, we put the individual patient and family at the center of the rehabilitation team and provide them with the information and skills they need to transition successfully to community settings. Simply put, we’re one of the best at getting you back to the life you love.
TIRR PHYSICIAN PUBLICATIONS
Rehabilitation of Critically Ill COVID-19 Survivors
Korupolu R., Francisco GE, Levin H., Needham D.
J Int Soc Phys Med Rehabil - Publication pending.
The COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program
The customized care provided by the COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program may maximize patient outcomes by providing:
- A comprehensive evaluation of functional status by an interdisciplinary team
- Therapeutic exercise and functional activity programs tailored to the patient’s condition and needs
- A continuum of care that may include: inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, outpatient medical clinic and a community wellness program
- Extensive education and support to ensure patients and families have the resources and knowledge needed for successful integration back into the home and community
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Outpatient rehabilitation
- Challenge Program
- Return to work, independence, school
- Outpatient medical clinic
Our Multidisciplinary Team
We have a dedicated multidisciplinary team that may include:
- Physiatrists (rehabilitation doctors)
- Medical consultants, including primary care internists, psychiatrists, wound care specialists, OB-GYN, pain management specialists, urologists, gastroenterologists, otolaryngologists
- Neuropsychologists and psychologists
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-language pathologists
- Rehabilitation nurses
- Patient care assistants
- Neurologic music therapists
- Therapeutic recreational therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
- Case managers
- Clinical pharmacists
- Clinical nutritionists
Spinal Cord Injury and COVID-19
No specific precautions for COVID-19 are outlined for those with a spinal cord injury. However, the general public precautions may look different to someone who has had an SCI.Learn More
Brain Injury and COVID-19
TIRR provides rehabilitation to individuals with brain injuries of all levels of severity and our network of facilities are available for patients recovering after COVID-19.
Multiple Sclerosis and COVID-19
Multiple Sclerosis itself does not increase the risk of getting COVID-19. However, certain factors associated with MS may increase the risk for complications.Learn More
Stroke Patients and COVID-19
Individuals who have had a stroke are considered part of a high-risk group of people who could be severely impacted if they contract COVID-19.Learn More
ILRU Training for Centers and Councils
ILRU has stepped forward to help people with disabilities during the global health crisis by training independent living centers and councils nationwide.
Contact Us About Rehabilitation
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Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network has inpatient, outpatient and specialty programs across the Greater Houston area. Place one convenient call to make referrals or to schedule appointments: (800) 44-REHAB (73422), (713) 797-5942 or fax (713) 797-5988.