Great River Medical Center invites inpatient rehabilitation patients to dinner

Twenty years ago, Great River Rehabilitation Services threw a party at the request of former patients. After being discharged from the hospital, the patients wanted to return to show the skills they had continued to regain after going home and see friends made during their stays. The party has become a fall tradition.

This year’s party is set to begin with social time at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Great River Medical Center’s Cafeteria. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by a program at 5:30 p.m. Each patient may bring one guest. Reservations are required byThursday, Sept. 15. Call (319) 768-4200.

Invitations have been sent to current Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit patients and those who have been patients in the last two years. But all former patients are invited. Be Your Personal Best is the theme of the party. Patients will be sharing their talents, including poetry, pottery, jewelry-making, crocheting, woodworking and painting.

Great River Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program has two components. Patients sleep in private rooms in the Rehabilitation Unit and spend several hours a day in Snake Alley Rehabilitation. This unique center includes a car, mock grocery store, variety of walking surfaces, homelike kitchen and bedroom.

After being in an acute-care unit, patients participate in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for an average of two weeks. To qualify, patients must demonstrate a need for at least two of these therapies: occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy.

Patients have three hours of therapy every day, which includes practicing activities of daily living such as dressing, eating, bathing and toileting.

Family members and close friends are important to successful rehabilitation. Patients are asked to designate at least one care partner to participate in some therapy sessions and learn details about patients’ care.

“Although we’re taking care of our patients, we make connections with family members while helping them learn how to care for their loved ones,” said Sherri Hunt, manager, inpatient rehabilitation. “Reconnecting at the dinner and feeling supported is important to them, too.”