Rehabilitation Services

The Rehabilitation Services teams at KEMH and MWI are dedicated to providing innovative rehabilitation programmes that optimise patient outcomes. Patients receive specialised care from a highly skilled interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, psychologists and therapists.

Our goal is to help you increase your independence, improve safety at home and work, and enhance the quality of your life. Our services include physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy divisions. We treat inpatients with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to general surgery, orthopedics, neurology, oncology and psychiatry. We also treat outpatients after surgery, sports injury, stroke or illness, and for hydrotherapy related to wound care.

Patients are seen by appointment only and must have a physician’s referral in order to be seen.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Heddington Gym, First Floor, General Wing, KEMH

Heartline Tel: 441-239-1219 Cardiac Exercise Tel: 441-239-2114 Email: cardiac.rehab.team@bhb.bm

 

Cardiac rehabilitation services are offered to patients and their families following a heart attack, heart surgery, coronary angioplasty/stents or heart failure. The main goal of this service is to assist patients in developing a healthy lifestyle plan that includes physical activity, education, stress management and nutrition counselling.

Our programme provides practical and emotional support, and consists of Heartline, a four-week education course, and a 10-week Cardiac Exercise Programme. A physician referral is required for these services.

Patients will initially be assessed for Heartline by our cardiac nurse and for the Cardiac Exercise Programme by a cardiac physiotherapist. Participants of these programmes will also have access to a registered dietitian, medical social worker, clinical psychologist and occupational therapist.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Services Patient Information Guide

Heartline: 1pm to 3pm Tuesday (Acute Coronary Syndrome) and Thursday (Heart Failure)

Cardiac Exercise Programme: 2pm to 3:15pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Heart Progression Group 9am to 10am Tuesday, Thursday

Day Hospital

Day Hospital Rehabilitation Service

1st Floor, General Wing, KEMH

9am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Tel: (441) 239-1180 Fax: (441) 239-2173 Email: dayhospital@bhb.bm

 

Day Hospital Rehabilitation Service is dedicated to the treatment of neurological conditions, stroke, paraplegia, quadriplegia, Parkinson’s Disease, etc. It consists of a six-week outpatient programme which allows patients who have been discharged from the hospital and require two or more therapies to receive coordinated follow-up services in a single location. They may meet here with their psychologist or speech therapist, or receive rehabilitation services from their occupational or physical therapist.

Referral by physician only.

Limb & Brace Clinic

Limb & Brace Clinic

Ground Floor, General Wing, KEMH

Tel: (441) 239-2055 ext 1408

 

A team of experienced prosthetists (artificial limb specialists) hold a clinic every six weeks for measuring, fitting and adjusting prosthetic limbs. The prosthetists and physiotherapists work together with our patients to ensure that those individuals with a new amputation as well as those who have been living for years with their amputation achieve the best outcome based on comfort, function and lifestyle.

The brace part of the clinic is designed to meet the needs of patients who require body or extremity bracing. It serves newly disabled patients and those who need repairs and/or new braces by providing fittings to improve mobility, daily function abilities, independence and control, education on proper use of devices, and follow-up modifications and adjustments.

Please call for the schedule.

Neurological Therapy

Neurological Therapy (Stroke Rehabilitation)

Tel: (441) 293-3121 or (441) 334-8487

 

Neurological therapy (stroke rehabilitation) assessment usually begins the day a stroke patient is admitted to the hospital. A vital aspect of stroke treatment, rehabilitation is provided by a team of physical, occupational and speech therapists. Therapy is tailored to the individual needs of the patient and can involve re-learning skills as basic as walking and talking.

The Bermuda Stroke and Family Support Association holds a support group meeting in the 1st Floor Conference Room, General Wing, KEMH, at 7pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Inpatients, former patients and family members are all encouraged to attend.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

1st Floor, General Wing, KEMH

8am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Tel: (441) 239-1667

 

Our occupational therapists help patients work to increase their ability to perform everyday activities, such as bathing, eating, dressing and personal care, creative activities, specific work-related tasks, activities involving social and interpersonal relationships and recreational pursuits, and to learn to use adaptive equipment such as walkers.

We have a holistic approach, in which the occupational therapist works closely with the patient, relatives or significant others and other members of the healthcare team to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient. Essentially, the occupational therapists’ skills lie in the ability to match the demands and challenges of a person’s functional needs or disability within an appropriate environment.

The occupational therapists at BHB are dedicated to helping you overcome limitations caused by injury, illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of ageing.

Our goal is to support each individual moving from dependence to independence, maximising personal productivity, wellbeing and quality of life.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)

Ground Floor, General Wing, KEMH

8am to 4pm Monday to Friday
School students: 4pm to 5pm Tuesday, Thursday

Tel: (441) 239-2034

 

The BHB Physiotherapy Department provides evaluation and individualised treatment for our patients through inpatient and outpatient services. Our department is staffed by an experienced team of professionals who work with all members of the healthcare team, including family members, to provide the best possible care to each patient.

Treatment programmes are based on thorough evaluations to determine muscle strength, joint motion, balance, coordination and ability to perform typical activities of daily living, such as walking, standing and rolling. Programmes are always individualised to meet the needs of each patient.

BHB physiotherapists treat ankle sprains and low back mechanical pain. We provide treatment for relief of orthopaedic pain and swelling, and gross motor issues such as walking. We work to restore range, strength and function for many orthopaedic conditions. We work closely with your physician for your post arthroscopy and arthroplasty rehabilitation (eg knee surgery and total hip replacement).

We also provide:

  • Crutches and canes
  • Gait training and safety advice
  • A Pulmonary Function Lab offering lung function tests
  • Treatment of neurological conditions that may occur after stroke or with Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia
  • Decongestive therapy and massage for lymphedema

Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy

BHB recreational therapists support our clients’ goal to improve health and quality of life through a variety of recreational activities, including individual and group opportunities.

We have a wide range of activities to offer our clients, including parades, exercise/walks, cooking and laundry lessons, arts and crafts, church services, luncheons, cruises, shows, gardening and our Snoezelen Room. Our staff of caring professionals are dedicated to restore, remediate or rehabilitate our clients in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability.

Goals of Recreational Therapy

  • Promoting social interaction among patients to improve quality of life
  • Increasing activity tolerance
  • Providing cognitive stimulation
  • Providing opportunities to learn new skills and maintain current level of functioning
  • Offering leisure education opportunities
  • Functional interventions
  • Community resource planning for patients being discharged home
  • Community involvement opportunities while in hospital (eg trips to a coffee shop, a park or a grocery store)
  • Opportunities for self-expression

Successful Recreational Therapy

  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Promotes adjustment to disability and/or hospitalisation
  • Promotes community integration
  • Reduces depression
  • Allows the acquisition of knowledge and skills
  • Reduces healthcare costs
  • Prevents decline in health status
  • Increases independence
  • Decreases social isolation
  • Decreases focus on pain and increases focus on control
  • Reduces hospital stays
  • Increases motivation to participate with care plan goals

Speech & Language Pathology

Speech & Language Pathology

1st Floor, General Wing, KEMH

8am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Tel: (441) 239-1667

 

Our speech language pathologists (SLPs) are specialists in communication, swallowing and cognitive problems. They assess, diagnose and develop programmes of care to maximise the communication, cognitive and swallowing potential of people referred to us by their physicians. This work also involves direct contact with caregivers, family members and other members of the multidisciplinary team.

What we do

We offer a comprehensive range of services for inpatients and outpatients with medically related problems, including:

  • acquired language impairment (aphasia, apraxia and dysarthria)
  • communication problems, eg following stroke, head injury, surgery or other medical diseases
  • cognitive impairments, including memory, problem solving and other thinking skills
  • swallowing problems, including children with dysphagia
  • modified barium swallow (MBS) tests
  • voice disorders
  • advice on supported communication
  • education for caregivers and family

Treatment programmes are provided throughout BHB, including the acute and general wards, Diagnostic Imaging (MBS), single-service outpatient SLP services, Day Hospital Rehabilitation Services, Agape House and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute.

Staying Steady Group

Staying Steady Group

Day Hospital, 1st Floor, General Wing, KEMH

1pm to 3pm Thursdays

Tel: (441) 239-2179 Fax: (441) 236-2173 Email: dayhospital@bhb.bm

 

Falls can cause serious problems, especially for seniors. If you are concerned about being unsteady on your feet or have perhaps already had a fall or two, your doctor can refer you to this upbeat, confidence-building six-week exercise and training programme run by the KEMH Day Hospital Rehabilitation Service.

When you start the Staying Steady programme you will be assessed by a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and a registered nurse, who will determine any causes of unsteadiness and provide you with specific advice relevant to each situation. This will include a home visit. The physiotherapist will tailor an exercise programme for you that will be completed in the group with supervision.

Group content includes:

  • Reducing risks in your home
  • How physical activity helps you stay steady
  • Understanding the medical reasons for falling
  • Managing the emotional impacts of feeling unsteady/falling and improving your confidence
  • Nutrition and falls
  • What to do if you have a fall
  • How to get more out of life!

The group comes together on Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. If the time and day do not suit you, please contact the Day Hospital to see what other options are available.

Staying Steady Brochure