Admissions Criteria

  • Patient must have an appropriate rehab related diagnosis as determined by the admitting physician 
  • Patient must be medically stable enough to participate in 3 hours of therapy per day or 15 hours of therapy over a 7 day period
  • Patient must require the skilled services of at least two therapy disciplines (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology)
  • Patient must require the specialized care of a physician with expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation 
  • Patient must have potential to participate and benefit from therapies
  • Patient must have potential to achieve measurable rehabilitation objectives
  • Patient must exhibit the desire to participate in therapies
  • Patient must have an appropriate, realistic, post-rehabilitation discharge plan
  • Patient must be at least 18 years of age

The fact that you have been admitted to our hospital means that you not only have a physiological condition that will require an intense program to resolve, but also, that you have the ability to improve. The latter is significant, because one of the main factors that qualify a patient for admission to an acute rehabilitation hospital is their ability to improve. Improvement to what point will be determined during the course of your stay.  

Your ability to improve what we call your activities of daily living (ADLs) is what qualifies you to be in a rehabilitation hospital. A patient may have a physical impairment but if it is determined that they have no potential to meet their rehabilitation goals; there is no reason or qualification for the patient to be in the hospital.

There is one final component that is most important, and without it, the other two are not sufficient to warrant a rehabilitation hospital stay. That final component is your ability and willingness to participate in the rehabilitation process. Make no mistake about it; rehabilitation is hard, it is tiring, and it can be frustrating at times as well. Rehabilitation is a joint effort. The nurses, therapists, physicians, and other clinical and non-clinical staff cannot help you improve without you helping yourself. The treatment process requires planning and goal setting, acceptance of the plan, and hard work to attain your goals. You will be involved in all phases of this process, as will members of your family, or other support systems you may have. Together we will set goals, and together, we will work to attain those goals.

Conditions Treated

The rehabilitation program serves patients with a variety of medical, physical, and functional needs. Some of the conditions treated in the program include:  

  • Stroke
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amputation
  • Brain Injury
  • Guillain-Barre
  • Hip Fractures
  • Joint Replacements 
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Cardiac or Pulmonary Disorders
  • Myopathy
  • Progressive or Degenerative Neurological Disorders:
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Parkinson’s Disease

Restrictions Of Our Program

Our program does not accommodate anyone under the age of 18, ventilator-dependent patients, patients who are non-responsive or unable to follow commands, those who have severe dementia, patients who wander excessively, are combative or have behavioral dysfunctions.  We cannot serve patients with spinal cord injuries at C5 or higher, but can treat injuries below that level, whether complete or incomplete, traumatic or non-traumatic. We do not accept patients with severe burns. If our services are unable to meet the needs of a patient referred, recommendations for alternate services will be provided.

Continued Stay Criteria

Continued stay is dependent on the following:

  1. Patient continues to satisfy admission criteria standards previously listed:
    • Patients must be demonstrating satisfactory functional progress in at least two therapy disciplines, (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology) to justify continued stay on the Rehabilitation Unit
    • Patient must continue to be a willing participant in his/her medical and therapy treatment programs
    • Discharge to a more appropriate level of care may be considered if any patient is unable to participate in 900 minutes of therapy over 5-7 days.
  2. Patient does not meet previously listed discharge criteria
    • Any patient, who has achieved all of their original and revised goals in any therapy, must be discharged from that therapy if no further functional goals are identified
    • A patient who no longer meets criteria for continued stay must be prepared for discharge, as soon as possible
    • A patient who has plateaued or fails to exhibit satisfactory progress in a specific therapy discipline must be discharged from that therapy, even if the original and revised goals have not been achieved