Sometimes Rehab is a lot like joining the Peace Corps- It's the toughest job you'll ever love.
I remember the golden days of Acute Rehab. We had those easy ortho patients that you treated their pain, walked them to the bathroom and helped them get dressed. Sometimes you thought you had a tough day but usually you had it pretty easy. Now you get the sicker patients. You get more of the harder CVA patients and if you do get an ortho they have medically complex problems. They say what used to be in the morgue is now in ICU and what used to be in ICU is now in acute rehab. Things sure do change over time. I have come to the realization that these harder patients may make taking care of them more difficult but also I get a bigger sense of satisfaction taking care of them. Seeing them come in needing total care and then go home independent or with just the assist of their family is satisfying.