ASHT Therapy Services:
Many of our patients come to Acuity Hospital of South Texas (AHST) following severe illness or injury. Our team works to assist patients on their road to recovery as well as to prepare them for the next level of care. Physical, occupational, speech therapists and rehab aides make up the hospital based team that provide rehabilitative care to those patients that are identified as medically stable and ready for therapy. The Rehab therapists are highly trained in caring for medically complex patients and provide the best care at the right opportunity. Our services are individually tailored to each patient based on current functional status, medical status and activity tolerance. Therapy services can be provided at varying levels of time and intensity based on patient needs. Throughout the hospital stay, therapy works closely with the multi-disciplinary hospital team to identify and recommend the next step for the patients, including transitions to home, inpatient rehab and other environments. Therapy services are available five days a week. Patients are initially seen bedside and progress to the therapy gym as their endurance increases. Duration of therapy sessions depends on the patient's ability to tolerate activity. An average therapy session lasts 30 to 45 minutes.
Physical Therapy provides services to help patients regain strength and function through various exercises, trains patients on use of assistive devices to improve their ability to move safely at home and/or in the community. We also focus on training of family and caregivers to assist their loved ones.
Occupational therapy addresses difficulties that prevent the patient from performing the activities of daily living. The focus is on restoring the skills needed to dress, bathe and feed one's self. Patients learn to use equipment and/or energy conservation techniques that simplify self-care tasks that a person must complete to be able to go home safely.
Speech Language Pathology
Speech language pathology provides treatment for communication, swallowing and cognitive impairments related to acute, chronic and progressive illnesses. Treatments are designed to take patients to their highest functional level. Speech therapists may make recommendations for a modified barium swallow study (MBSS) to evaluate patients' ability to swallow. This assists the physician with proper selection of safe diet and food consistencies. We also provide Vital-Stim Neuromuscular electrical stimulation to those patients with swallowing problems whom may benefit from it.
We have specially trained individuals that carry out our rehabilitation program for patients at the recommendation of our licensed therapy team. The restorative program is available to patients who are not yet ready for therapy or who have completed their therapy program. This might include, range of motion, bed exercises, time out of bed, and walking.
If you would like information about the qualifications of our therapy team, more information is available at the following websites: