The Dalcross difference
When you need expert rehabilitation support, Dalcross Adventist Hospital has a unique and highly personalised program to help you reach your rehabilitation goals. From the moment you arrive at Dalcross Adventist Hospital, you’ll feel the difference. Small and intimate, the friendly ‘home away from home’ atmosphere provides a warm, supportive and nurturing environment for your rehabilitation. Our rehab team is renowned for their caring and compassionate manner, and our approach to your rehabilitation will be as individual as you are.
Tailored and personal rehabilitation
Guided by the Dalcross Adventist Hospital rehabilitation team your rehabilitation program is individually designed to work towards achievable goals. You and your family will be involved in planning your programs and your length of stay is determined by your ability to reach your personal goals. We will discuss your estimated discharge date with you on admission.
Your therapist will schedule rehabilitation activities on a daily basis and your progress and goals are reviewed regularly by your rehabilitation physician in conjunction with your rehabilitation team. Weekly team meetings are held to discuss your progress and identify any areas that may need further improvement before you are discharged.
Nestled in leafy Killara, the Dalcross Adventist Hospital is quite different to a traditional hospital setting. The hospital has been a centre of excellence in its community since 1912 and the lovely heritage buildings charmingly contain state-of-the-art surgical, medical and rehabilitative care facilities.
We make every effort to accommodate your preferences for private or shared accommodation. All private rooms provide you with a personal ensuite bathroom and Wi-Fi is available.
You will be encouraged to join other rehabilitation patients for meals in the communal dining room. Of course, you may also have meals in your room if you prefer.
Mobility skills areas
Adding another dimension to your rehabilitation, both indoor and outdoor areas are used to assess and treat your mobility skills, which helps you safely move around at home. It’s a safe and reassuring way for you to regain your confidence.
What to bring
- Street clothes and pyjamas
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Walking aides
- Medications in original packaging
- Reading/audio material
- Other personal items like photographs to help you feel at home
Your rehabilitation team
The rehabilitation consultant co-ordinates the activities of the health professionals to achieve your rehabilitation goals. The rehabilitation physician assesses the medical aspects of your condition and determines the nature and extent of your condition as a guide to future therapy.
The rehabilitation co-ordinator is responsible for standards, co-ordination of care, reviewing patient goals, ensuring all components of the program are implemented and management of the interdisciplinary team under the direction of the rehabilitation physician.
The physiotherapist thoroughly assesses the patients' joint range, muscle strength and gait pattern, and then provides an individually tailored treatment including pain relief, exercise, gait retraining and provision of aids.
The occupational therapist assists you in reaching your maximum level of independence in your daily activities. These activities may include personal care, household tasks, work, driving and leisure.
The social worker provides you and your family with an opportunity to discuss any emotional difficulties you may be experiencing or concerns regarding your discharge home and link you with community services or financial services.
The nurse assesses the physical needs, plans nursing care and implements a plan of care by providing nursing care and education to maintain and restore function and prevent complications.
Other members of the team may include a Speech Pathologist, Psychologist, Dietician and Podiatrist.
Hospital visiting times are from 10am until 8pm, however your visitors will be asked to visit around your therapy program schedule.