Questions & Answers
We realize that you might have some questions regarding your stay at the Acute Rehabilitation Center. Here are the answers to some of the questions most frequently asked.
What should I bring?
We prefer that you wear casual clothing that is loose fitting and appropriate for therapy activities. Clothes that slip on easily are best. Most people find that they need a 3 to 4 day supply of clothing. Shoes should fit well, provide good support, and have non-slip soles.
Feel free to bring your personal grooming supplies but please leave your valuables at home. Personal electronic devices can be used as long as they do not interfere with therapeutic activities or medical equipment.
Should I bring my medications?
Please leave your medications at home. We will provide your medication during your stay. However, please provide a list of all medications (time and dose) upon admission. This will ensure you are receiving all your medication, and also provide us with more information about your medical needs.
Are laundry services available?
Because we request you wear street clothes during your stay at the rehabilitation unit, a washer and dryer are available for your use. Doing your own laundry may be part of your therapeutic activities. Please be certain that your clothing is labeled.
Can I smoke on the Rehabilitation Unit?
No. This facility is smoke-free.
When are meals served?
Meals are served at approximately 8 a.m., noon, and 5 p.m. You will eat in the dining room if you are able. You are welcome to invite friends or family to bring their meals and join you, but please talk to the staff before setting this up so we can be certain to meet your needs as well as the needs of other patients. Part of your therapy may include making your own meal or simply enjoying an opportunity to make a batch of cookies.
What is the daily routine like?
The daily routine focuses on your recovery. The morning starts with self-care tasks and breakfast. You are expected to be dressed and on time for meals and therapy sessions. Therapy sessions, special activities, and special procedures are scheduled Monday through Saturday. Rest periods are scheduled as needed; however, you will be encouraged to spend as much time out of bed as possible. Schedules are individualized, and you will likely have 2 to 3 therapy sessions scheduled before and after lunch. Recreational activities and therapeutic passes are offered in the evening and on weekends.
How will I know my schedule?
A schedule board is posted by the nurse’s station. A nurse will give you and your family a tour of the unit when you arrive and show you where your schedule is posted. Promptness in following the schedule ensures that everyone receives their full amount of therapy. If any questions regarding your schedule arise, feel free to ask a staff member.
Are religious services available?
A clergy representative of your choice may visit you at anytime.
May I have a pass to leave the hospital?
Passes are available when you are cleared medically and have completed the necessary training. A member of the rehabilitation team will tell you when a pass has been recommended. We encourage you to use passes to help your transition back to the community. We are required to monitor passes to ensure that they have therapeutic value. Therefore, we will ask you to work on specific goals related to your recovery when you are away from Acute Rehab.
What about pain control?
Rehabilitation involves a lot of physical moving, getting in and out of bed, and various other activities both on the unit and in the therapy gym. As you continue to recover from your illness or injury and participate in the rehabilitation process, some pain may occur. If pain is a problem for you, please ask us to assess your pain. We’ll work with you to set a comfort function goal and develop a plan that will provide as much pain control as possible while allowing maximum participation in your rehabilitation program.
What if I have a problem?
During your stay, we make every effort to include you and your caregiver in the decision making process and in the development of your treatment plan. Your input is important — it helps us identify what is most important to you and helps us set your recovery goals. Occasionally problems, misunderstandings, or frustrations may occur. Recovery from a severe illness or injury can be a very difficult and stressful at times for both you and your family and friends. If at any time you feel that you are not receiving the services or care that you should, we want to know about it. Please discuss your questions or concerns with a member of the rehabilitation staff. They will attempt to correct the problem promptly and will include the appropriate leadership staff if needed.
If the problem is serious and not resolved by our staff there is a formal grievance process. A staff member can help you initiate it.
How successful will I be?
The goal is to get you back home again as independent as possible. We assist hundreds of individuals each year to achieve this goal. We would be happy to share our most recent outcome data with you.