Innovative, Immersive Rehabilitation
Downtown St. Charles at St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) is the only rehabilitation module of its kind on Long Island. We help patients, following a life-altering injury or illness, transition from hospital life to the real world where they'll encounter physical and cognitive challenges. This unique center simulates a typical community and home environment and even includes an automobile to help patients safely adjust.
Features of Downtown St. Charles
A full-size automobile provides patients with the ability to experience safe car transfers and prepare them for hospital discharge. In the car, patients practice adjusting to moving around a confined space and objects such as a dashboard, steering wheel and foot pedals. Patients also learn safe transferring of mobility equipment into the car trunk.
Our fully equipped kitchen includes a working stove/oven, dishwasher, sink, refrigerator, washer, dryer and cabinets. Food can be prepared and cooked, dishes cleaned, groceries put away and clothes washed and dried. The bedroom features a twin bed that allows patients to practice safe transfers while the bathroom features a sink, toilet and bathtub.
Our simulated grocery area is stocked with realistic produce and stocked shelves. The checkout counter features a cash register, bagging area and check-writing platform. A hand-held shopping basket is available to assist with transporting groceries. The market is complete with a coffee bar.
Varied floor surfaces such as carpet, tile, linoleum and cement provide walking and wheelchair practice. A traffic light, programmed to the exact time it takes to cross a city street, allows patients the opportunity to practice safely crossing a street in a timely manner while still under the watchful eye of their therapist. An ATM machine and mailbox are featured along with curb cuts that model community settings.
The town square simulates a friendly gathering spot decorated with a Tuscan theme and small tables and chairs where patients and their loved ones can visit over a cup of coffee. Computers with internet access are available for patients. A kiosk features community and accessibility resources.