Respiratory Rehabilitation Center
The Respiratory Rehabilitation Center (RRC) at Saint Clare's is a specialized
unit providing medical treatment and therapy to ventilator-dependent residents.
Established in 1983 as the first hospital-based unit of its kind in the
state, the RRC responds to the need for continuing care, support and rehabilitation
of residents with prolonged reliance on ventilators.
The primary objective is to eliminate or reduce resident's dependency
on the ventilator and help them achieve the highest possible level of
function. With its location inside Saint Clare's Hospital/Dover, the
RRC is backed by the services, staff and capabilities of an acute care
hospital. With its convenient location, the RRC is easily accessible and
encourages active family involvement in care.
The RRC combines the elements of a critical care unit with the techniques
of rehabilitation. Individualized treatment plans focus on coordinated
and comprehensive care that addresses the spiritual, emotional and physical
needs of each resident. Among the services offered are:
- Regular medical rounds by board-certified pulmonary specialists
- Round-the-clock nursing and respiratory care
- Speech, hearing, physical and occupational therapy
- Nutritional support from licensed dieticians
- Social workers to assist families on admission, discharge and transition
to the home setting
- Activities program to enhance and enrich the quality-of-life for patients