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Outpatient Rehabilitation

  • WGRH’s Joint Commission accredited Outpatient Rehabilitation Program has been serving the community since 1988 utilizing an interdisciplinary and patient-family centered approach that focuses on assisting patients in returning to their normal lives and fully reintegrating into the community.  At West Gables, our highly trained and dedicated staff will work hand in hand with our patients to overcome the various obstacles that led to their hospitalization.

    Be it an orthopedic condition such as a fracture or a neurological condition such as a stroke, research has shown that the type of rehabilitation received can make all the difference in the world.  Knowing this, the team at West Gables establishes an individualized plan of care and treatment for each of its patients so that recovery is facilitated.

    What Conditions Are Treated at West Gables?

    1. Orthopedic: Fractures, Joint Replacements, Musculoskeletal Injuries
    2. Neurological: Stroke, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, Guillain-Barre
    3. Amputation
    4. Systemic Conditions: Cardiovascular conditions (Heart Attack, Heart Surgery), Respiratory conditions (COPD, Pulmonary Embolism), Diabetes, Renal Failure

    What are the services provided in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Program?

    • Physical Medicine
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Language Therapy
    • Neuropsychology Services
    • Dietary Services
    • Case Management

    Are there patients that are not accepted or appropriate for rehabilitation at West Gables?

    The patient must be 18 years of age or older and must have a medical diagnosis that merits outpatient rehabilitation.  The patient must also have an established plan of care / discharge plan and must be deemed medically stable.

    The hospital does not admit patients who are on ventilators or patients with a Traumatic Brain Injury who are rated below a 4 on the Ranchos Los Amigos Level of Consciousness Scale.

    Please also refer to our admission criteria for more information.

    Where is the Therapy Completed?

    The therapy is completed in our spacious 5000 square foot outpatient rehabilitation gym.  The gym is designed to meet the needs of our patients and challenge them to regain their functional capacity.  The hospital also has a location for its speech therapy and neuropsychology treatments.  These areas are separated from the gym to facilitate a quiet learning environment to assist patients with cognitive dysfunction.

    What is the Therapy Like?  How Long are the Therapy Sessions?

    Therapy in the Outpatient Program at West Gables is geared toward assisting the patients in regaining their functional capacity while addressing the impairments that are limiting such independence.  The therapy is patient centered and catered to meet the individual needs of each patient.

    Upon completion of the initial therapy evaluation, the evaluating therapist will meet with the patient and family/support system (if appropriate) to discuss the evaluation findings and the overall recommendations of therapy.  The recommendation for therapy will based on the patient’s functional needs.

    Therapy in the Outpatient Program at West Gables is offered Monday – Friday from 7am – 4pm (with a lunch break from 12 – 1pm).  Each therapy session will be 60-75 minutes long.  

    Patients are scheduled for therapy based on their individual needs.  Scheduling preferences can be made to meet the needs of the patients (for example, patients who would like all their therapy in the morning).  Patients are scheduled to a team of therapists which will follow their care throughout the week.  

    How Can I Communicate With My Team?

    Throughout your rehabilitation stay, you will have an ongoing dialogue with each member of your interdisciplinary team.  You will have a chance to work and discuss your progress with your therapists on an ongoing basis.  If necessary, a team conference can be scheduled to further discuss the details of your care.

    How do I Know That My Team is Competent?

    West Gables prides itself in educating and preparing each of our staff members to be able to deliver the highest quality of care and assistance to each of our patients, families and visitors.  All staff must go through an intensive orientation period where they are educated on the hospital’s program goals and patient needs.  The staff is then further progressed through in-service and continuing education seminar attendance to facilitate such growth.

    I primarily speak Spanish; Will I be able to communicate properly with my team?

    Yes – West Gables is truly a bilingual hospital because of the presence of the Hispanic population in Miami Dade County and its needs.  Therefore, the majority of the hospital’s 250+ staff members are bilingual.