Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Cox Branson meets ‘gold standard’ in care

John Pafford, who recently suffered a stroke, walks down a hallway inside the Acute Rehabilitation Unit with help from Physical Therapy Assistant Whitney Haughery.

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Cox Medical Center Branson has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation, the highest level possible, from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This award marks the third time the comprehensive inpatient rehab unit has received the high honor from CARF.


“CARF is the premier accrediting body for rehabilitation programs and considered the gold standard,” says Acute Rehabilitation Unit Program Director Nancy Ward. “While it is a voluntary program, it is a very rigorous program that we choose to undergo because we want to be the best for our patients.”


The unit is dedicated to helping individuals recover mobility and daily activities following illness, injury or disease. The staff of the 13-bed unit includes a physiatrist, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, dedicated social worker and other support staff.


“We are a small, specialized unit and therefore we are able to provide very individualized care,” Ward explains. “Our goal is to get each person who comes through our unit back home and enjoying life.”

The unit includes a transitional living apartment where individuals practice skills such as cooking, entering and exiting a bathtub as well as getting into and out of a traditional bed. Before going home, individuals also spend time practicing getting into and out of a car.


“Anything they would do at home, we do with them here,” Ward says.


Individuals may be referred to from home, doctor’s office, emergency room, assisted living, nursing home or hospital.


For more information about the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Cox Branson, call 348-8217.