Skilled Care

The Morrison Community Hospital Skilled Care offers therapies to individuals needing physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.  Inpatient skilled care is located on the second floor of the hospital.  Our rehabilitation team is highly regarded and referred to by many area physicians and facilities.

Physical Therapy

  • Rehabilitation for returning to work, sports, or other usual activities
  • Basic mobility training (bed mobility, transfers, ambulation)
  • Management of pain, swelling, joint stiffness, muscle spasm and contractures
  • Improve mobility and flexibility
  • Develop muscle strength
  • Improve cardiovascular and respiratory endurance
  • Retraining of balance and coordination
  • Improve posture and body mechanics
  • Adaptive equipment (walkers, canes, etc.) prescription and training
  • Orthotic (braces, splints, shoe inserts, etc.) and prosthetic devices prescriptions, training and application as appropriate
  • Wound Care
  • Home exercise programs, fitness, and wellness

Occupational Therapy

  • Training on self care and home management (dressing, grooming, eating, bathing, cooking, money management, housekeeping)
  • Adaptive equipment for activities of daily living
  • Upper extremity range of motion, strengthening and coordination
  • Sensory integration
  • Neuromuscular reeducation
  • Wheelchair fitting, positioning and training
  • Orthotics (upper extremity splits, etc.)
  • Special programs for children with disabilities and motor development disorders

Speech Therapy
All ages and medical diagnoses are included in our scope of care, such as autism, aphasia, apraxia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, strokes, difficulties arising from radiation therapy, surgeries, and head injury, among others.

  • Language therapy for challenges with expressing oneself verbally and in writing as well as understanding information one hears or sees/reads.
  • Dysphagia therapy for eating, chewing, swallowing, oral vs. non-oral nutritional support and feeding adaptation.  Video Fluoroscopic Swallowing studies (involves medical imaging) and clinical swallowing evaluations are also provided.
  • Cognitive therapy for attention to task, memory, orientation, thought organization, problem solving, abstract reasoning, auditory processing, etc.
  • Nonverbal communication therapy for artificial larynx, use, augmentative communication devices and gesture/sign.
  • Voice, fluency (stuttering) and laryngeal therapy.

Rehab team January 2015 006 small sizeWhy Choose Us?
“We feel that our rehabilitation department is able to offer more intensive inpatient rehabilitation than most nursing homes because we have licensed therapists.  This allows us to spend more time with our patients and allocate more resources.  Also, our average inpatient length of stay time is half of what a patient would average at a nursing home based skilled care unit.  This means we can get a patient healthier and back home quicker.” – Peter Becerra

Skilled patients are seen six days a week, Monday through Saturday.   We have licensed therapists on the premises during regular business hours and therapy is provided by the licensed staff, rather than on-the-job trained individuals.  Joy Johnson, Occupational Therapist, specializes in upper extremity rehabilitation, wheelchair prescription, and rehabilitation of activities of daily living.  She often visits the patients’ home prior to their discharge and makes a functional assessment of any modifications or adaptations needed for safety and functionality.

What type of credentials do you or your staff have?
Our Director of Rehabilitation, Peter Becerra, holds a doctoral degree in physical therapy and is a certified orthopedic rehabilitation specialist by the American P.T. Association board of specialties.  In addition, he is a credentialed clinical instructor, training physical therapy students from St. Ambrose University, Midwestern University and Blackhawk College.

Other Staff Include:
Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Tech, and a Speech & Language Pathologist.

Outpatients: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.