What to Expect
An initial evaluation with all members of the rehabilitation team will be conducted. Your rehabilitation team is built specific to your individual needs and could include: a physiatrist (rehabilitation doctor), physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, recreation therapist, dietician, nurse, neuropsychologist or social worker.
After the initial evaluation, we’ll meet again for a team conference to discuss our findings. You will actively participate in developing your individual program goals and plan of care. We’ll make initial discharge (going home) recommendations, including equipment needs, follow-up therapy and medical appointments. Our team will estimate your length of stay, and schedule family/caregiver training days and graduation. Family/caregiver training ensures the individual you’ve selected to assist you upon your return home is properly trained to do so.
Daily therapy will help you progress toward achieving the goals you set during our initial evaluation. Our team will facilitate opportunities for you to interact with individuals facing similar activity limitations.
You will wear your regular day-to-day clothing, will be encouraged to eat meals at a dining room table, and to practice doing activities for yourself as part of the transition from hospital to home.
Passes are used to evaluate progress toward your goals. A physician’s order is required to go on any pass. Family/caregivers will need to work with therapy and nursing staff to complete the pass criteria prior to receiving a therapeutic pass.
You will be served three meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. This may also include snacks and therapeutic nutrition supplements between meals. All meals and snacks follow the diet prescription covered by the physician and dietitian. You may obtain permission from your physician to have your friends or family bring in some of your favorite foods.
Discharge Planning (Going Home)
Our team arms you with the information you’ll need for your return home. Discharge planning begins at the moment of admission. Both you and your family/caregiver will go over medications and prescriptions.
The interest, support and cooperation of family and friends are just as critical as professional skills, techniques and technology in your recovery. Before going home, we'll provide your family or caregiver with a training that helps them support you in your transition home.
In the event that returning home is not an option, other options may be presented to the patient and family/caregiver. These may include assisted living facilities, adult family homes or skilled nursing facilities.