Requests for admission are received from many referring sources within our geographical boundaries. The basic admission criteria to St.Mary’s of the Lake Hospital are the need for regular medical attention, skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation services for an extended period of time.
The Admitting Office is open between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. However, the patient whose admission has been approved should arrive at the Admitting Office before 2 pm on the day of admission, at which time he/she will be registered and then escorted to his/her room.
Complex Medical Care
The Complex Medical Care service at Providence Care meets the needs of patients age 16 or older and who are medically stable. Patients have long term illnesses, co-morbidities and/or disabilities typically requiring skilled nursing and technology based care that cannot be provided by community programs/services.
Complex Medical Care is offered to inpatients as a means to avoid further loss of function, to increase activity tolerance and to support the transition home or to appropriate care destination within the community. Inpatients have multiple medically complex, chronic diseases such as neuromuscular and renal disease, and/or who have had a traumatic injury that requires unique care and attention. Care is provided on a case-by-case basis to clients who meet admission criteria and are ventilator dependent, and/or require dialysis, complex wound care and longer-term rehabilitation.
Patients must demonstrate a need and an ability to participate in regular weekly/daily therapy, including Physiotherapy, Social Work, Occupational Therapy and/or Speech Language Pathology.
The Palliative Care service at Providence Care includes both short and long-term palliation. Palliative care is provided to patients with a life-limiting illness at the end stage of life, who require pain and symptom management. Admission criteria include a score of 50% or less on the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS).
Short-term palliation: Serves patients with an expected prognosis of less than four months, who have chosen to have no resuscitative effort and no escalation of care except to enhance comfort. Long-term palliation: Serves patients with a life expectancy of four to 12 months, focused on palliation with no resuscitative effort at death, and escalation of medical care only for the purpose of improving symptom management. The potential for return home or to an alternate community care setting exists, or for transfer to short-term palliation.
Providence Care provides a range of inpatient rehabilitation services to patients over the age of 16, who are recovering from physical injury, illness or disease, and those who require round-the-clock nursing care. Clients have experienced a life-altering disability such as stroke, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury (ABI), musculoskeletal, respiratory, amputee or neuromuscular issues and require a period of intensive rehabilitation.
Each of the unit’s patients has an individualized program supervised by a physiatrist – a medical doctor who specializes in physical rehabilitation medicine – and is supported by a team of health professionals.
Restorative Rehabilitative Care & Seniors Rehabilitative Care
The Restorative Rehabilitative Care inpatient service meets the needs of patients over age 16 who require longer periods of rehabilitation, based on the individual’s tolerance level for various therapies. The needs of these patients are not met easily through traditional acute care or “short stay” rehabilitation. Patients must be medically well enough and motivated to participate in low to moderate therapy from a minimum of 15-30 minutes per day, to 1-2 hours per day, five days per week. The focus of the service is on enabling patients to reach their maximum physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological and social functional levels.
The Seniors Rehabilitative inpatient service provides inter-professional care delivery to frail seniors age 65 and older with complex health needs. This unit offers clinical services: assessment, consultation, recommendation, treatment and rehabilitation as well as non-clinical services: education, capacity building and advocacy. Patients must be able to participate in progressing from a low to high tolerance therapy from a minimum of 15-30 minutes per day up to two hours per day, five days per week.