Your Stay: What to Expect
Our team is excited that you have chosen Community for your rehabilitation needs and wants your stay to be as comfortable as possible. We are different from a typical hospital, so we want to tell you a little about our program, our facility and what you can expect during your stay.
If you have any questions about your stay, please call us:
The goal of rehabilitation is to assist you in becoming as strong, safe and independent as possible while educating you and your family or other caregivers about your care. We will be supporting you as you learn to do daily activities for yourself.
You will be seen daily by a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. There are other doctors/specialists who have privileges at our hospital, and we can call them as needed.
Nursing and therapy services
When you arrive at a Community rehab hospital, a nursing assessment will be initiated. Within 24 hours, a therapy evaluation will be completed for each type of therapy involved in your care. The evaluations will identify areas that are limiting your function and safety. You and your rehabilitation team will work to establish therapy goals that will help you gain the strengths and skills to become more independent. In fact, your nurses will be helping you transfer the skills you learn in therapy during other times of the day.
- Every evening you will be provided an individualized therapy schedule that will include the times and therapies that are scheduled for the next day.
- Therapy may start as early as 6:30 a.m. and may end as late as 4:30 p.m. In the morning, our staff will assist you so that you will be ready for your therapy sessions. You will be transported by staff to and from therapy unless the team determines you are safe and comfortable enough to transport yourself around various areas of the hospital.
- Most days, you will be participating in approximately three hours of therapy. Your schedules will be personalized and allow you plenty of time to rest as needed.
- Fewer therapy sessions may be scheduled on the weekends, which will allow you time to rest and visit with family and friends.
- Our team believes it is essential for family members and caregivers to observe, learn and participate in your care. Our staff will coordinate times for your family/caregivers to come in and participate in therapy.
What to bring
Our rehab facilities are designed to be as comfortable and as much like home as possible. While you’re here, you will need many of the same personal items that you use at home.
- Bring several changes of comfortable clothing. These may include pants with elastic waists, t-shirts, sweatshirts, socks, underwear, pajamas, and shoes with non-skid soles. We also recommend you bring a light jacket or sweater. We have washers and dryers available for use.
- Remember to bring your glasses, hearing aids, a list of contact phone numbers and your home medication list.
- The nurse at the sending facility will call your nurse at the rehab hospital to communicate all medications you are currently taking.
- Bring photo identification, health insurance cards and copies of your advanced directives.
- Overall, cell phones are allowed throughout the building. For patients who have had a brain injury, use of a cell phone will be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Staff will provide guidance in this area. Use of cell phones is not permitted during therapy sessions. If you are on the phone during therapy or when nursing is providing your care, we ask that you hang up and return the call once your medication administration, treatments or therapies have been completed.
- We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items and ask that you do not bring valuable items with you.
Meals and menus
Printed menus will be given out daily by staff. You will be asked to circle your menu choices for the following day.
- Assistance in filling out menus will be provided as needed. Depending on your diet, you may ask for a different food or beverage choice and we will do our best to accommodate you.
- Meals are served at the same time each day and therapies are coordinated around these times. Meal times are:
- Breakfast: 6 to 8:30 a.m.
- Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Dinner: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
- Eating at a table during meals is considered part of our therapy so we will ask that you enjoy your meals in the dining room. Nursing can assist you in getting to the dining room during meal times or you can transport yourself if the team determines you are able to do so.
- Check with nursing staff when visitors bring snacks or meals in for you so they can be stored and properly labeled.
Visiting hours and passes
Visiting hours are daily between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Typically, there are fewer therapy sessions on weekends, which will allow you more time for visiting with friends and family. Visitors are encouraged to come when you are not in therapy. Because rest is important, we ask that visitors leave by 8 p.m.
- Each patient room is equipped with a sleeper chair and one guest is welcome to stay overnight.
- Because it is important that we give you your medications and perform assessments and treatments on time, visitors may be asked to step out of the room to respect your privacy while care is being delivered.
- With an order from your doctor, you may leave the unit with visitors to go to the courtyard, cafeteria or other areas of the building. We simply ask that you tell the staff and sign off the unit prior to leaving.
- The Transitional Living Apartment provides an opportunity for patient and family to practice the skills they have learned in therapy prior to being discharged home. This apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen, bedroom and bath, and laundry facilities. There is also a small sitting area with a TV. Staff is close by to assist as needed. Any concerns or issues that arise can be discussed with staff prior to discharge home.
- To protect the health of our patients, visitors and staff, smoking is not permitted anywhere inside or on the grounds of Community Rehabilitation Hospitals.
Length of stay and discharge
Your length of stay will be influenced by your own individual needs, progress toward goals throughout your course of treatment and insurance approval. You and your family or other caregivers will be in constant communication to collaborate regarding a discharge date and plan.
- You will be discharged on the written order of a physician.
- Your treatment team will make sure you have the information you need to continue the skills you have learned in therapy, follow your diet, take your medications, and perform any treatments that are necessary.
- Your need for outpatient therapies, home health care, medical equipment, as well as follow-up doctor visits will be addressed during the discharge process prior to your departure.
We are here to help you succeed!
Providing you the best care we can and you having a positive experience are very important to us! We hope your stay is pleasant and beneficial and look forward to meeting all your rehabilitation needs at Community rehabilitation hospitals.
Our goal is to provide excellent service. If at any time we have not met your expectations, we want to know. If you have questions about your experience or suggestions for making it better, please call us:
- Community Rehab Hospital North: 317-585-5400
- Community Rehab Hospital South: 317-215-3800