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Rehabilitation Center

A Team Approach to Assist in Your Recovery

The Rehabilitation Center at Opelousas General Health System helps people re-enter the community and regain their highest level of functioning as quickly as possible after an accident or illness. One of the many specialized services offered at Opelousas General Health System South Campus, the Rehabilitation Center is located on the second floor of the hospital, in our self-contained inpatient unit.

Holistic Approach to Your Care

We take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. Your team is managed by the physiatrist, and includes you, family members, rehabilitation nurses, case managers/social workers, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists and dietitians.

Communication among caregivers is critical to a patient's well-being. Our team meets weekly to discuss each patient's progress. Based on the results of these discussions, treatment plans are adjusted and/or amended as necessary. Our program of treatment stresses family interaction and recognizes the importance of education as a support tool. Therefore, family members may be included in these meetings. Because family conferences, training and home evaluations are an integral part of successful rehabilitation treatment, they are routinely scheduled.

Achieving Independence

Upon admission to the Rehab Unit, each patient is thoroughly evaluated to determine treatment procedures and an individualized program is designed based on the patient's needs. Inpatient rehab offers an intensive interdisciplinary program that provides a minimum of 3 hours of therapy a day, five days a week, while receiving 24 hour nursing and physician oversight. This specialized program enables the individual to develop or recover their natural abilities to perform functional activities at the highest and safest level possible. Criteria for inpatient rehab is a decline from baseline level of function, requiring two disciplines (PT, OT, ST), one of which must be PT or OT, and have a medical need to receive care in a hospital. All patients are screened by the clinical liaison and reviewed with the medical director for admission criteria.

Pre-Admission Screening

  • On-site admission assessment
  • Insurance screening services
  • Pre-admission conference to discuss
    patient/family goals

The Rehabilitation Center provides highly specialized care for a variety of debilitating illnesses including but not limited the following:

  • Congenital deformities
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Amputations
  • Neurological disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Stroke
  • Complex orthopedic injuries such as joint replacement, hip fracture and multiple traumas

If you or a loved one are in need of these services, contact your primary care physician, Heather Caviness, Program Director, or Lacey Huffman, Clinical Liaison, at 337-948-2283.