Occupational and Physical Therapies will focus on improving strength and endurance by working on functional activities, exercises and by teaching compensatory skills. Therapeutic Recreation will address leisure interests, adaptations and community reintegration needs. Speech Language Pathology will be available on a consulting basis to address any unique needs related to swallowing or cognition.

Pharmacy and Nutritional Education

Pharmacists, as part of the CCI team, will review medications with individual patients and their families, and counsel them on what to expect from their medications, including potential adverse effects. The pharmacists will answer the patient’s medication- related questions, educate them on the importance of medication compliance and discuss other ways to stay healthy.

Concurrently, a registered dietitian will also provide nutrition therapy aimed at improving the patient’s health and quality of life. A major focus of therapy is to provide the patient with the education and the tools needed to make healthy food choices and sustain a healthy diet and lifestyle for a long-term benefit.

Transition Planning

Prior to discharge, patients and their family members will be a part of a transition process which will include the primary care team, home care providers and family members. The goal will be to assure that the patient and family understand the disease process and are able to carry over the concepts learned, thus allowing individuals to regain an active and independent lifestyle.

Case Management

A Case Manager will oversee the entire experience of both the patient and family from pre-admission activities through inpatient therapies and transition planning. The Case Manager will facilitate communication with the patient’s personal cardiologist, ensuring a smooth transition to home.

HSC Resource Center

Hospital for Special Care’s Health Sciences Library and Resource Center is available to patients and their families both during their stay at HSC and after they return home. The Health Sciences Library and Resource Center provides links to health information on the Web, books on topics related to the patient’s condition, as well as information on accessing information through community resources, such as the public library. The librarian is available to assist patients and family, as well as other caregivers, in accessing information, answering questions, and identifying resources relevant to your specific needs.