Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
We help children and adolescents regain their highest function after accident, serious illness, or complex surgery. Our rehabilitation nurses and therapists conduct assessments upon admission and throughout the inpatient stay to set goals and measure progress. Families are involved--every step of the way--in helping their child recover. We never say “never.”
Inpatient Rehabilitation Admissions Criteria
- Need for ongoing care requiring inpatient hospitalization
- Medically stable
- Capable of participation in a minimum of three hours of therapy per day
- Must be admitted by a primary physician with admitting privileges
Our Program Areas
Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing/Nutritional Therapy
We offer three levels of intervention for feeding challenges: Outpatient, Intensive Day Treatment in our Specialty Hospital, and Intensive Inpatient Treatment, also in Children's Specialty Hospital at LifeScape.
- Spina Bifida
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Transverse Myelitis
- Severe Concussion
- Infectious Diseases such as Meningitis or Encephalitis
- Complications of Spinal Surgery
- Feeding and swallowing disorders
- Post-orthopedic surgeries
- Post-selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery
- Other neurological conditions
- Deconditioning /weakness following illness, injury, or surgery
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Physician & Physician Assistant
- Pediatric nurses
- Certified nursing assistants
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-language pathologists
- Social worker
- Equipment clinicians
- Clinic psychologists (depending upon need)
We excel at discharge planning
When inpatient rehabilitation is complete, our team coordinates the child’s discharge with the referring physician, insurance case managers, family, school, and community agencies. Staff specialists provide training and education for parents, caregivers, and school personnel, so they never feel like they’re “on their own.”
- Coordination of care: Our care coordinator and the team will assist in finding medical providers in your area and setting up any medical appointments your child may have during hospitalization and after discharge.
- Community transition experiences are encouraged so families can practice therapy activities in real-life settings before going home. The rehab team will help coordinate community outings with specific goals for your child to help build his/her confidence and independence in getting back to community interests and routines.
- Family conferences: The rehab team meets regularity with the patient and family throughout their rehabilitation journey to discuss progress and goals. We work with your child’s school to inform them of any special needs and to help with the transition back to school.
- Therapists will assess, identify and recommend appropriate assistive devices and/or adaptive equipment for your child in preparation for discharge to home. The team will seek funding and ensure proper training prior to discharge.
- The rehabilitation team will educate and train families, caregivers, and school personnel on specific needs, goals, or exercises your child may need in order to be discharged to home.
With outpatient clinics in Sioux Falls, Sioux City, and Rapid City, patients have a seamless transition of care after discharge. Therapies and orthotic/prosthetic support—as well as wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment—is provided by the same team of rehabilitation experts for as long as needed.
We are here to help.
Learn more about how we can help your child by calling us at 605-444-9556 or fill out a short form and we will be in touch with you shortly.