Community Howard Specialty Hospital
829 North Dixon Road
Kokomo, IN 46901
The Community Howard Specialty Hospital staff welcomes you to our rehabilitation hospital. Whether you need inpatient care or outpatient services, we take pride in serving our community and are committed to offering the care and support you need to achieve the most complete recovery possible.
Through comprehensive occupational, physical, and speech therapy, we offer the full continuum of care during your time away from home. Therapy is an integral part of the health care team, specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a variety of medical conditions that may require improvement in the following areas:
- Gross motor coordination
- Fine motor coordination
- Feeding and swallowing difficulty
- Activities of daily living
- Cognitive processing
- Functional mobility
- Short- and long-term memory deficits
- Diet modifications
- Articulation or pronunciation of sounds
- Ability to listen and understand
Rehabilitation focuses on three main goals: preventing secondary complications, maximizing each patient’s abilities and preparing each patient for reintegration into the community. Individualized and flexible treatment plans are developed with the goal of helping patients relearn or develop the skills to live as independently as possible after leaving the hospital.
Admission and discharge
Patients are admitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Admission in the morning or early afternoon is ideal because it allows you to become oriented to your new surroundings and meet the staff. On the day of discharge, patients are asked to check out of their rooms by 11 a.m.
What to bring
We suggest wearing casual, comfortable clothes that allow easy movement for therapy. Since patients are out of their rooms all day, hospital gowns are not worn and all valuables should be left at home. Patients should bring the following:
- Seasonal outerwear
- Shirts/blouses with button fronts or pullover that fit easily over the head
- Comfortable slacks, sweatpants, or a sweat suit
- Athletic shoes with good support
- Pajamas or gown, robe, slippers
- Toilet articles such as toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, brush, deodorant, etc.
- Any corrective devices, such as dentures, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.
If you are coming to Community Howard Specialty Hospital from an acute care hospital, discuss transportation arrangements with your discharge planner/social worker.
It is important that all medications (prescription or over-the-counter) be administered by a rehabilitation nurse. Please bring all medications you are currently taking. Medications should not be brought from home unless advised by your physician or a Community Howard Specialty Hospital representative.
Meals are planned daily by your nutritionist and physician to account for your current medical needs. Family may bring food or order a box lunch to eat with their family member. Box lunch tickets may be purchased at the front desk.
- Lunch - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Dinner - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Smoking is not allowed on hospital property.
Telephones are located in all patient rooms. To make an outside call, dial 9 and then the number.
Free, convenient parking is provided on a daily basis.
Patients are usually involved in therapy sessions from early morning to late afternoon Monday through Friday. Guests are asked to visit between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
For identification purposes, patients must wear wristbands at all times. We encourage patients to travel independently throughout the hospital; however, patients should be accompanied by a staff member or a family member when outside the building.
We will develop an individualized treatment plan based on your needs and goals identified by you, your family, and our rehabilitation team. Then we will use that plan as a guide, working together to help you reach the highest level of physical, social, and emotional well-being.
Our affiliation with Community Howard Regional Health assures you that we maintain the highest standards with respect to training, experience, safety, and cleanliness of our facilities. As a result, you can be sure of receiving exceptional care.
Evaluation and treatment
As a patient, you will have an individualized care plan that is reviewed and updated regularly to ensure your goals are being achieved. We encourage you and your family to take an active role in your rehabilitation. Others on your rehabilitation team may include:
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Speech/Language pathologist
- Respiratory therapist
- Case manager
- Rehabilitation nurses
Occupational therapy (OT) teaches patients self-care skills for activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, eating, and food preparation. Therapists address cognitive (thought) and perceptual (visual) deficits.
Physical therapy (PT) focuses on movement dysfunction. Therapists assist patients in walking, teach wheelchair transfer techniques and provide orthotic/prosthetic device evaluation and training.
Respiratory therapy helps patients with respiratory muscle weakness or a susceptibility to respiratory difficulties to help prevent further respiratory problems.
Speech/Language pathology (SLP) focuses on improving communication skills through basic cognitive retraining to increase functional independence with decision-making, reasoning, memory, and swallowing retraining.
Case management coordinates your care, works with you and your family regarding plans for discharge and serves as a liaison between the patient, family, insurance carrier, treatment team and community agencies.
Physician services work to provide patients with comprehensive medical care and treatment. Our physicians include those who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) as well as other specialty areas.
Rehabilitation nursing teaches patients and families how to manage healthcare needs after leaving the hospital.
Nutritional counseling with our registered dietitian helps patients and families develop proper diets and menus to help prevent future health problems.
Neuropsychology provides evaluation and counseling services that help patients cope and adjust to illness/injury as well as identify strengths and weaknesses in brain functioning.
Outpatient rehabilitation services are provided at Community Howard Specialty Hospital, an acute care rehabilitation hospital serving the needs of North Central Indiana. Accredited by the Joint Commission, the specialty hospital offers programs for people who have experienced a disabling injury or illness including:
- Orthopedic disability
- Cerebrovascular accident/stroke
- Spinal cord dysfunction
- Brain injury
- Major multiple trauma
- Neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, polyneuropathy
- Arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis)