The key to our successful rehabilitation programmes is a combination of a comprehensive assessment, committed multidisciplinary and patient-centred approaches resulting in structured and individualised patient care plans.
The multidisciplinary team includes:
- Occupational Therapy
- Medical Social Work
- Speech & Language Therapy
- Nutrition & Dietetics
Multidisciplinary teams set rehabilitation goals and map progress for each patient. These goals are made with the patient’s involvement.
Discharge planning is an important element of the rehabilitation process and will commence upon admission whereby a provisional discharge date will be determined following the initial multidisciplinary meeting. Family meetings are also organised when needed. When necessary, a home visit is conducted to assess a patient’s home environment so as to facilitate a safe discharge.
The hospital’s patient streams are outlined below.
Referrals to residential care beds are through the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal). For more information on this scheme please see Health Service Executive website - http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/olderpeople/nhss/.
The RHD Day Hospital service provides medical, nursing and therapeutic interventions for older people living in the community who have ongoing health and rehabilitation needs.
The hospital has four respites beds. This service provides a vital support to families and carers in the community. Access to respite beds is managed through Public Health Nurse referral from the community and referral from our Day Hospital.