Aquatic therapy and exercise in the indoor pool offers many benefits for people recovering from a serious injury or illness. Our pool temperature averages 91-95 degrees Fahrenheit (33-35 degrees Celsius), per the Aquatic Exercise Association guidelines. The warmth, buoyancy and gentle resistance helps patients ease back into an exercise routine as they recover from an injury or illness or manage chronic pain such as arthritis.
Assistive technology includes the use of assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices and a process of working with trained specialists to select the appropriate device to improve independence for each individual in their home, work, school and community environments. Assistive technology specialists will provide evaluations and help identify solutions using various equipment and technology that maximize the individual’s ability to perform daily tasks with the highest level of independence and improve the overall quality of life.
Augmentative communication helps each individual with communication challenges to interact as independently as possible with their environment and the people around them. Specially trained speech-language pathologists will help select and implement appropriate tools, strategies and technology to enhance communication including spoken and written language. Some of these tools and techniques may be as basic as using a picture board or as advanced as using speech generating devices that can read eye movements to help understand what the person wishes to communicate.
On-site Driver Rehabilitation Services includes assessment and training provided by certified occupational therapists. Learn more
Neuropsychological Assessment and Treatment
The primary mission for the neuropsychology department provides services to individuals with cognitively or physically disabling conditions, such as persons with brain injury, spinal cord injury, dementia or neurodegenerative disorders. It is an integral part of comprehensive rehabilitation. The department provides neuropsychological assessment, adjustment counseling, pain management, family therapy, concussion/mild brain injury evaluation, memory testing, dementia evaluation, behavioral management and psychoeducation
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Madonna partners with Hanger Prosthetics for inpatient care. Located on-site, the certified prosthetist is available for consultation throughout a person’s stay in the hospital or as an outpatient, collaborating with other rehabilitation professionals regarding such areas as conditioning of the residual limb, preparation for prosthetic fitting, fit and use of a prosthetic device, including an Immediate Post-Operative Prosthesis (IPOP), education regarding management of amputation and prosthetic use and referral to certified prosthetists throughout the region
Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Clinic
Clinicians, often physical therapists and occupational therapists with special certification, assess a person’s positioning in a wheelchair to maximize prevention of skin breakdown (pressure ulcers), preserve functional posture, and promote independent mobility. These clinicians may use specialized tools such as a Pressure Mapping System, which shows areas of pressure while seated, or a Smart Wheel that measures the amount of force it takes to propel a manual wheelchair. They will make recommendations to the team regarding proper fit and choice of a wheelchair and seating cushion. They also work with venders and insurance companies to work out the best deal for supplying and maintaining the equipment.
Therapeutic Learning Center
The Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) allows school-aged patients to continue their academic pursuits with an educational specialist while at Madonna. Children, adolescents and young adults in college are exposed to real-life challenges within the classroom and work with their therapy team to overcome any limitations that would prevent them from returning to their community school system. Madonna's educational specialists then provide information back to the school to help teachers and staff understand what accommodations the student needs to be successful as they return to the academic setting.
When an individual has ongoing difficulties with balance or dizziness, a physical therapist with specialized training in vestibular rehabilitation can help retrain the brain’s ability to compensate for these challenges. Vestibular rehabilitation involves specific exercises and techniques to improve balance and decrease feelings of dizziness.
The Peer Volunteer Program matches individuals with disabilities with people who are just starting the process of rehabilitation for the purpose of listening, sharing meaningful life experiences and providing hope for the future. Visit the VOLUNTEER page to find out how to participate.
Specially trained occupational therapists can offer recommendations or changes that will make the home more accessible to maximize independence for individuals with a physical disability. This generally includes a combination of minor construction and modification, as well as training in the use of appropriate adaptive equipment.
Madonna hosts regularly scheduled outings for individuals to experience various types of sports and recreational activities including such options as bowling, tennis, golf and marksmanship. Therapeutic outings also include trips within the community to practice various daily living skills like getting around using their newly prescribed wheelchairs or equipment, practicing navigation and route finding or working on communication skills within public environments.
Integrative medicine seeks to understand each person’s unique set of circumstances and works to address the full range of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental influences that effect health. It includes a broad range of healing therapies and may incorporate such techniques such as massage, aromatherapy, music, etc., integrated with more traditional medical approaches to care. The focus is on not only addressing the immediate health problem but also on prevention of long-term health issues and the development of healthy behaviors that maintain and promote long-term well-being of the whole person.
Transitional apartments prepare the patient and their families for discharge by allowing the individual to live in the apartment for a short period of time alone or with a caregiver. The patient has an apartment key, follows his or her own therapy schedule and is responsible for taking daily medications and treatments while having their care providers close by for consultation or assistance when needed.