A new facility at The Johns Hopkins Hospital will provide state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation care that focuses on quickly returning patients to their daily lives. The facility will accommodate patients with general and specialized needs, including those who require immunomodulating treatments, select radiation and chemotherapy, and those who have undergone left ventricular assist device implants and solid organ and bone marrow transplants.
Approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the unit has all-private rooms with private bathrooms and sofas that convert to beds so family members can stay in the rooms.
State-of-the-art features throughout the facility are designed with patients in mind and to promote a quick recovery:
- A mock apartment with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette where patients can practice the tasks of living independently
- An area called street scape where patients can rehearse activities of daily living, such as grocery shopping and using an ATM
- Airline seats for patients to practice maneuvering in small areas (especially helpful for patients who have traveled a long distance to the hospital)
- A courtyard with several surfaces—such as gravel, grass and sidewalk curbs, where patients can master walking—and a car, where patients can practice transferring
- Animal-assisted therapy as a comforting treatment modality for patients that enjoy animals