“Back to Normal” Lifeline | LifeScape

“Back to Normal” Lifeline

Imagine your child has been in the hospital for several weeks after a life-threatening accident or illness. They are recovering, but can’t do things they could before. Inpatient Rehabilitation is your lifeline to get back to normal. Inpatient rehabilitation involves an interdisciplinary team working with you to help your child return to who they were before their accident or illness. LifeScape offers the only Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Program in South Dakota.

Rehabilitative care provides comprehensive interdisciplinary services to children and adolescents with a range of rehab needs. Patients with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system—which may include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, and post-orthopedic surgeries—can benefit from intensive rehabilitation.

In Inpatient care, your child would get 24-hour medical and nursing services, nutritional oversight, a social worker, physical and occupational therapies, speech-language pathology, and clinical psychology services. Patients are also followed by a physician specializing in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Criteria for children and adolescents to be admitted to inpatient rehabilitation include the ability to participate in three hours of therapies per day. Rehab goals may include returning to previous levels of independence with mobility, self-care, speech and language, and feeding and swallowing. Evaluation for and fitting of assistive devices may also be part of an individualized treatment plan, if needed.

Our rehabilitation team is highly trained to care for patients with tracheostomies, feeding tubes, ventilators, central lines, or other complex medical issues. They work with primary care providers, families and even schools to prepare for discharge and return to home.

When patients reach a level of improvement that intensive, inpatient care is no longer needed, they may transition to outpatient rehabilitative services. LifeScape offers comprehensive pediatric outpatient services, including physical and occupational therapies, speech-language pathology, clinical psychology, orthotics and prosthetics, and durable medical equipment services and support, as well as follow-up care with our pediatric physical medicine and rehab providers.

Comprehensive care, close to home. We hope you’ll never need our services for your child, but if you do, we’re here to provide world-class, compassionate care to get you back on the road to “normal.”