Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital offers comprehensive programming for individuals’ ages 0-100 with all types of strokes, from those still in the early stages of recovery following a very severe stroke to those who have had a mild stroke that doesn’t require inpatient care. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), as an inpatient and outpatient Stroke Specialty Program, hospital level, for adults and pediatric family centered care. Madonna’s multiple levels of inpatient care, as well as outpatient services, at both of our campus locations, ensures we are able to offer each stroke patient the right type of care at the right time.
Scope of services
Madonna’s goal is to help the people we serve become as independent as possible, while establishing a partnership for life that the patient and family can turn to when needed. Programming is highly individualized and dependent upon each person’s needs. Family members are encouraged to be actively involved in the patient’s care and to attend therapy sessions whenever possible so they may reinforce new techniques being taught. Research shows a correlation between family involvement and the rate in which patients return home. Madonna’s Stroke Program provides interventions in the following areas:
- Assessment and Treatment: Patients and families are taught prevention, how to recognize the signs/symptoms of stroke, and receive treatment for conditions related to stroke and its complications.
- Addressing Risk Factors: Risk for recurrent stroke is assessed and addressed. Patients and their families are taught about these risk factors.
- Functional independence: The overall goal of the program is to gain functional independence. This is accomplished with skilled rehabilitation interventions, training, and use of adaptive equipment and/or techniques.
- Coping Skills: Rehabilitation psychologists, other clinicians and peer volunteers assist patients and their family members/support system with learning techniques for coping and adapting to life after stroke.
- Community Integration: The ability to resume one's life role and reintegrate back into the community is another goal of the Stroke Program at Madonna. Community integration skills are taught as part of therapy and activities relating to a patient's life roles simulated and practiced during the rehabilitation process.
- Services for Families: Stroke affects the whole family and involvement of spouses, children, and others in the patient's support system is a vital part of recovery. Madonna's Stroke Program encourages family members and caregivers to be involved in education, training, peer support, support groups and counseling.
Clinical Expertise: Each patient's care is directed by a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and/or a physician with specialization in internal medicine. For individuals who are 18 years or younger, a pediatrician is involved in their care on a daily basis. All Madonna nurses are specially trained in providing care for patients with stroke, and several Madonna nurses have specialty training as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN).
Rehabilitation: Madonna has a dedicated team of professionals who have completed special competency training in the treatment of persons with stroke. Each individual's treatment team is made up of physical, occupational, speech, recreational and respiratory therapists, social worker, rehabilitation nurses and case manager, as well as staff from neuropsychology as appropriate. They work together with the patient and their family/caregiver to meet the unique physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of the patient.
Days and Hours of Service: Therapy services are provided Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients receive on average, three hours of therapy per day, five days per week in acute rehabilitation and are seen on average, 2-3 times per week on an outpatient basis as appropriate. Saturday and Sunday therapies are provided on an as needed basis for inpatients.
Fees: Cost of care is determined by diagnosis, level of care, medical acuity and length of stay.
Madonna accepts patients with a variety of funding, including Medicare, Nebraska Medicaid, commercial insurances such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, worker’s compensation, and will consider out-of-state Medicaid and non-funded patients on a case by case basis. For more information, click here.
Environment: Madonna's environment affords individuals with stroke many opportunities to interact and support one another, whether it is in the spacious gym area during therapy, sharing a meal in the congregate dining area, or participating in a leisure activity outside in one of many garden areas. Madonna is the only facility in the region to have a simulated community, called Independence Square, where patients may engage in real-life skills training, such as grocery shopping, cooking a meal, transferring in and out of a car or getting in and out of bed.
Community Re-entry: Rehabilitation does not end when the patient gains basic skills of self-care and mobility. Participation in a variety of community re-entry and adaptive sports and recreational outings can be integrated into therapy or just for fun. Patients may also work on specific goals related to return to driving, school re-entry, or visit with a vocational rehabilitation counselor about work re-entry.
Preparation for Home: Madonna's stroke patients and their caregivers are provided with a self-care training program based upon principles of self-advocacy and self-direction. Patients, with or without their caregivers, are taught how to direct their care and what to do if emergencies arise. They are provided with opportunities to practice these skills during their stay, frequently ending with a stay in Madonna's transitional living apartment. This apartment is located on the unit, with easy access to medical staff if needed, with the expectation that a family member or other caregiver will assist with the personal care required during their stay. The patient will direct his/her care and independently follow his/her therapy schedule. In addition, a 2-week daily stroke education class is provided for all patients and family members/caregivers on a variety of stroke related topics.
Home Assessment: Another way to prepare the patient for a successful transition to home is by offering the opportunity for patients to return home for the day to practice skills in their home setting while evaluating the home for accessibility and any adaptations or modifications that may be required. For patients and families who live outside Lincoln and Omaha and the surrounding communities, a paper/pencil home assessment form is provided for the family member or caregiver to complete.
Long-term Follow-Up: Madonna offers many ways to help individuals with stroke and their family members continue to improve and maintain their functional gains, therefore maximizing their participation throughout the rest of their life.
- It is important that individuals completing rehabilitation stay active and exercise safely. We promote success by teaching how and what to do in a community based fitness environment, featuring trained staff and specially adapted equipment.
- After you experience a stroke you may be confronted with a wide range of challenges throughout your lifetime. Because these challenges and limitations may not be evident until later, focusing on maintaining health long-term, including preventing secondary complications, is an important part of lifelong care planning.
- A representative from Madonna will contact you 6-12 months after discharge to see how you are doing and to gather outcome information.