The rehabilitation team will work with you and your child to determine the timing for admission to inpatient rehabilitation. Your child must be medically stable and able to participate in at least three hours of occupational, physical, and speech therapies daily before admittance to the program. Length of stay is determined by the patient's individual needs, ability to participate in therapy, and ability to progress.

Your Inpatient Rehabilitation Stay

We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible during their stay. Listed below are items to bring to the hospital when you are admitted to the program. Contact our rehabilitation nurse case manager if you have questions about this or any other requirements.  

Items to bring

  • Four to five pairs of sweatpants or shorts
  • Four to five t-shirts or tops 
  • Comfortable pajamas
  • Four to five undergarments (underwear, undershirts, bras, etc.)
  • Tennis shoes or shoes with non-skid soles 
  • Socks 
  • Light jacket, sweater or coat (depending on the season)
  • Deodorant, makeup, lotion 
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Glasses/contacts or both
  • Brush/comb or any other hair accessories (hair dryer, curling iron, etc.)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Favorite/special items from home (pillow, blanket, stuffed animals, etc.)
  • Special equipment currently being used (braces or adaptive equipment)
*Please put your child's name on all personal belongings.

The Neuroscience Trauma Unit

Your child will have a private room on the Neuroscience Trauma Unit (NTU). The NTU provides basic self-care items including soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and lotion. However, we know that children and adolescents may prefer specific brands/products. Rooms include television, video game system with DVD capabilities, and wireless internet access. 

Visitation for parents is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and one parent is able to sleep in the patient's room. For additional family member accommodations, The Ronald McDonald House is located nearby and provides rooms for families at an affordable price. Extended family and friends are asked to visit during regular hospital visiting hours which are daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Planning for Home 

In order to make your child's discharge from the hospital as smooth as possible, we will start preparing for discharge from the day of admission. Generally, discharge occurs when care can be managed safely and effectively in the home and community. Discharge may also occur when the intensive therapy provided in an inpatient setting is no longer needed. Services can be continued in other settings such as outpatient, home health, or school. If progress or participation is poor, discharge to a more appropriate setting such as a skilled nursing facility may be considered. 

Your case manager and social worker will assist you with discharge planning. Several questions you may want to discuss include: 

  • Who will be your child's primary care physician? 
  • How much care and assistance will your child require? 
  • How much assistance will your family and friends be able to give you? 
  • Who will be helping you and how much training will they need?
  • What resources are available in your community? 
  • Is your home accessible? 
  • What services and equipment will be needed? 
  • What services will your insurance company cover?

An essential part of rehabilitation is helping your child successfully re-enter his or her community and home. Your case manager and social worker will assist you in finding resources in the community and navigate insurance issues. Your case manager will keep you informed of the team's recommendations for length of stay and follow-up services. She or he will also assist you in obtaining equipment and setting up follow-up appointments.