About Your Stay
Upon arrival, each patient is fully evaluated by rehabilitation physicians and therapists. Then an individualized treatment program is created based upon the patient's needs and goals. While each patient’s day will vary, most inpatients receive at least 3 to 4 hours of some kind of therapy every day, 7 days a week and have 24/7 access to our inpatient care team, made up of physicians, nurses, and hospitalists.
What to Bring
- Copy of medical and financial Power of Attorney
- Copy of living will
- Comfortable/appropriate clothing normally worn
- Comfortable shoes or sneakers with non-skid soles
- Personal toiletry items
- Any walkers, wheelchairs or canes used for ambulation clearly labeled with patient’s name
- List of medications taken at home
- Corrective devices such as dentures, hearing aids and glasses
- Personal items necessary for everyday living. We encourage patients to leave valuables at home, but a safe is available as needed.
A Typical Day
- 7:30 am – Occupational therapists assist patients in getting ready for the day, including washing up, shaving, brushing teeth and combing hair.
- 8 am – On weekdays, patients meet in the common dining area for breakfast and on the weekends, it is delivered to their room.
- 9 am – Group warm up and stretching takes place before daily therapies, allowing patients to socialize and receive support from fellow patients and staff.
- 9:30 am – Individualized therapy sessions begin, varying from a half hour to one hour until lunch time.
- 11:30 am – Patients receive lunch in their room and are encouraged to relax before their next session.
- 1 pm – Afternoon therapy sessions resume and conclude by 3 or 4 pm.
- 6 pm – Dinner is served to patients in their rooms and nurses provide a continuum of care including education for patients/caregivers.
When is it Time to Leave?
Discharge dates are established during weekly team meetings with our physiatrists (specialized rehabilitation physicians) and vary for each patient. A rehabilitation social worker will communicate with our patients and their caregivers on an estimated discharge date. The social worker will also assist with making arrangements for a safe discharge.
- Home Therapy
Your therapist will visit your home prior to discharge to evaluate the need for modifications or specialized equipment and to ensure successful discharge.
- Community Re-Entry
This is an opportunity for patients to practice skills in a community setting with guidance from the therapist, from using a wheelchair on public ramps to getting out of a car and more.
- PA Licensed Driving Education Screening
This screening is conducted by a therapist who is a certified driving education instructor. The program provides an off-the-road screening and on-the-road evaluation for patients whose driving ability has been impaired.
- Follow-Up Appointments
Follow-up appointments will be scheduled at discharge to provide a continuum of care. These appointments are for your physician to assess how patients and caregivers are coping with life-changing issues or challenges at home.