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Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services

Van Buren County Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department is known throughout Southeast Iowa for its excellence in patient care. Services are provided to outpatients, acute, skilled, and long-term care inpatients, and we also provide home physical therapy for patients who are homebound.

Physical Therapy

Our Physical Therapy Department develops, coordinates and utilizes plans of care for individuals whose ability to function is impaired or threatened by disease or injury. Physical Therapy focuses primarily on those individuals whose potential or actual impairment is related to musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. Physical therapy is an evidence based practice that combines the latest research, clinician experience, and patient input to provide optimal care for all patients.

We offer exercises for increasing strength, endurance, coordination and range of motion; manual therapy to assist with tissue dysfunctions, stimuli to facilitate motor activity and learning; instructions in activities of daily living, the use of assistive devices, and the application of physical agents to relieve pain or alter the physiological status.

The physical therapy department is staffed by two Physical Therapists, two Physical Therapist Assistants and a Rehabilitation Administrative Assistant. The department is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals, 

Customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and

An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. 


Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy provides services to adults and children to facilitate improved communication, swallowing, and cognitive skills such as memory, concentration and problem solving. Speech therapists evaluate a patient’s ability to communicate and function at his/her maximum potential.



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